GB confirm coaching staff for junior European Championships -

GB confirm coaching staff for junior European Championships

The BBF (British Basketball Federation) have confirmed the coaching staffs for the GB junior teams ahead of this summer’s European Championships.

GB are fielding men’s and women’s teams at Under-18 and Under-16 level, but opted not to enter teams at Under-20 level for the first time – receiving widespread criticism including from within the GB Senior side.

Craig Nicol will take charge of the GB Under-18 Men with Kenrick Liburd remaining in control of the GB Under-18 Women having both been appointed in late 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of junior tournaments in the following summer.

Liburd’s two assistants have both recently coached England junior teams with Karen Burton leading the Under-16s and Oaklands Wolves player-coach Lauren Milligan guiding the Under-18s to victory at the Four Nations Tournament.

Donnie MacDonald will lead the GB Under-16 Women with former Glasgow Rocks head coach Darryl Wood as an assistant with MacDonald having recently helped Scotland qualify for the 3×3 Commonwealth Games tournament. Meanwhile, Troy Culley keeps hold of the GB Under-16 Men role.

The full coaching staffs are as follows:

GB Under-18 Women

Head Coach – Kenrick Liburd
Assistant Coach – Karen Burton
Assistant Coach – Lauren Millgan
Team Manager – Paula Charity
Physio – Dave Hall
S&C Coach – Jon Fortesque

GB Under-18 Men

Head Coach – Craig Nicol
Assistant Coach – Will Maynard
Assistant Coach – Dan Gayle
Team Manager – Damien Plumer
Physio – Aynk Vigneswaran
S&C Coach – Chris Wanford

GB Under-16 Women

Head Coach – Donnie MacDonald
Assistant Coach – Renee Busch
Assistant Coach – Darryl Wood
Team Manager – Hannah Shaw
Physio – Sarah Hattee
S&C Coach – Dan Cruse

GB Under-16 Men

Head Coach – Troy Culley
Assistant Coach – Jamie Smith
Assistant Coach – Dan Petts
Team Manager – Gavin Naylor
Physio – Elliott Cockrell
S&C Coach – Joe Gurley

GB’s Under-18 Men are the only team to compete in Division A this summer as they head to Turkey from July 30-August 7, while the Under-18 Women travel to Austria for Division B action from August 5-14.

The Under-16 Men are in Bulgaria from August 11-20 before the Under-16 Women round out the summer in Montenegro for their own Division B campaign.

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