Karl Brown nominated to Coaching Advisory Group

Our director of basketball Karl Brown has been nominated to the Basketball England Coaching Advisory Group with the aim of engaging more of the sport’s emerging, best and most experienced coaches to drive up standards of coaching.

The group will also look to monitor delivery of the coach development project, detailed in the recently published Basketball England Coaching Game Plan, as well as act in an advisory capacity to Basketball England staff in relation to the delivery of the plan and coaching in general.

Basketball England Delivery Manager Brian Aldred said, “We recognised that the development of our new coaching game plan will be further enhanced by  support, guidance and constructive challenge from a group of independent experts, who have relevant coaching knowledge of grassroots through to high performance basketball.”

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The group will look to meeting at least four or five times a year, with relevant speakers and guests being invited to meetings based on their expertise and the subject matter being discussed.  More importantly, members of the group will make sure that they pass important information back to their organisations, clubs, regions or agreed networks after each meeting.

Joining Karl on the group are Steve Bucknall, Sam Messam, Cristina Stanciuca, Alan Keane, Lisa Williams, Matt Johnson and Michael Ball.

Karl Brown left Highfields, Leicester, at an early age to seek his fortune in the USA, and as a player he achieved fame making to the NCAA Final Four and playing for his country.

At the time Bobby Cremins (Former Head Coach Georgia Tech coach) said:

“I can sum up Karl’s senior year in one sentence. Without Karl Brown, Georgia Tech would never have won the ACC Championship and make the 1990 Final four. Karl was great on and off the court. He was our best on-ball defender and his ball handling and passing were great. Against LSU and Shaquille O’Neal in the NCAA 2nd round, we were down 18 points. Karl entered the game and guarded Chris Jackson, a future NBA star. Karl pressed full court and along with Kenny Anderson, Dennis Scott and Brian Oliver brought us back for a great 3 point victory. I note it as one of my and Georgia Tech’s greatest wins and Karl Brown turned that game around himself.”

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He then came back to Leicester and had an illustrious playing career playing for:

  • Leicester Riders
  • Pallacanestro Gorizia (Italy)
  • London Towers
  • London Leopards
  • Guildford Kings

And then he went onto coach for England with the U16s where they won a bronze European Championship and u18s Conference Champions and then with the u16s again a Silver medal and promotion to the top league.

Karl Brown is no novice to coaching and has dedicated his whole life to basketball.

Anybody that would like to play for our teams get down to one of our community sessions. We are always looking for new players whatever ability!

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