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- New role will see the Irishman lead a new coaching team across the senior men and Rockets Academy
- Position aimed at bridging the gap between up-and-coming rising stars in the youth teams and the senior squad
- Keane most recently acted as Assistant Coach for England at the Commonwealth Games
14 May 2018
Reading Rockets, one of the leading clubs in the National Basketball League (NBL), has today confirmed the appointment of highly respected Alan Keane as part of a newly established coaching structure within the club.
Keane, who has been part of the Rockets staff since 2016, will move up to take on the role of Head Coach across the club’s senior men’s squad and Rockets Academy, leading a strengthened team.
The 39-year-old Irishman has recently been part of England’s Commonwealth Games efforts, as Assistant Head Coach, while also having held the same role with the Rockets Division 1 men for the past two seasons.
One of the pivotal objectives for Reading Rockets is to recognise and nurture young basketball talent in the region, and to put in place an infrastructure to allow young players to develop their talent.
Alan Keane commented: “This new role within the Rockets family is the ideal next step for my coaching aspirations. Reading Rockets is a club that has allowed me the privilege to work as a full time basketball coach between the John Madejski Academy (Rockets Academy) and the men’s team. I am grateful for that and ready for this exciting new challenge. Having assisted with this team for the past two years, we can be more demanding and have higher expectations with regards to what we expect from the players individually and collectively. I can’t wait to get started.”
Reading Rockets chairman Gary Johnson added: “Alan has proven himself to be a highly valued and respected member of the Rockets family for the past two years, as well as on a national level with his recent Commonwealth Games involvement. I am thrilled and honoured that he has accepted this new position, which we believe will take the club to even greater heights on every level. Bridging the Rockets Academy, which continues to thrive and identify fresh talent from within the community, with the senior men’s squad will give us strength in depth across our impressive field of talent. These are exciting times for the Rockets.”
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Chris Hughes – 07917 352511