Josh Thorne Strengthens Rockets Coaching Team

  • Experienced Rockets man Josh Thorne has been named Assistant Head Coach as part of new-look staffing line-up.
  • Working together with recently appointed Head Coach Alan Keane, Thorne will support the Rockets growth strategy and BBL aspirations.

Press Release
29 May 2018

Reading Rockets has today announced the appointment of Josh Thorne as Assistant Head Coach, as part of the club’s revitalised coaching line-up for the coming season.

33-year-old Thorne will work alongside recently named Reading Rockets Head Coach Alan Keane to deliver against the club’s aspirations to become a fully established member of the British Basketball League (BBL).

Having volunteer coached for the Rockets since 2006 across multiple age ranges, Thorne has the experience and strength in depth required to support the club’s vision and insatiable appetite for improvement.

Josh Thorne said: “Working with the Division 1 team has been a goal of mine for the past 12 seasons. Having coached boys and girls, both senior women and men, and now getting an opportunity to work with Alan, the rest of the team staff and the players is really a dream come true. I am looking forward to getting stuck into the programme we are developing and taking us that step closer to the BBL.”

Head Coach Alan Keane commented: “I am super excited to work along side Josh. He is a hard worker who is passionate about coaching and his attention to detail is first class. It will be a bumpy ride with many challenges but this is something he is thirsty for and will see these challenges as great opportunities to grow”.

Reading Rockets chairman Gary Johnson added: “I am thrilled that Josh has accepted the role to work alongside Alan and our Division 1 team. He is the epitome of the way coaches should be: humble, committed to the players within the club, honest and self-reflective. It’s the combination of these traits that truly helps to deliver significant improvement over time. Josh has been on a wonderful journey at the Rockets from player to performance coach, and has always lived his life committed to improving basketball for all people in the Reading area and beyond. This appointment is as deserved as any I can remember.” 

For more information about Reading Rockets, please contact:

Chris Hughes – 07917 352511