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University Head Basketball Coach Job Vacancy

Buckinghamshire New University – Head Basketball Coach

Closing date:  24th July 2021
Location:    High Wycombe
Employment type:   Part Time here or Full time with Academy responsibilities
Salary:   Minimum £10k part time role with opportunities for full time salary if appropriate.

Reading Rockets is seeking a highly motivated and passionate basketball coach to oversee the delivery of the University’s basketball programme for the 2021/22 academic year, and ideally support Rockets’ prestigious academy programme.

The successful applicant will be expected to operate alongside Reading Rockets and Buckinghamshire New University staff and within the University’s code of conduct and practices including Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Equality and Diversity and Financial Regulations as well as General Data Protection Regulation requirements, alongside Reading Rockets’ policies.

The successful applicant must have three to five years’ experience as a basketball head coach/assistant coach in a higher education or national league environment. They must be an effective team player and enjoy working to create a forward focused culture and deliver a high-performance training environment.

This role description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in the light of changing needs of the organisation and the successful applicant’s availability. The successful individual will be subject to a DBS check and UK Right to Work checks.  This role could be linked to other opportunities within the Rockets framework dependent on the applicant’s skill set and availability as outlined above.

All applications will be considered using the following criteria:

Service Objectives

1. Organise and administer the Men’s and Women’s basketball programme including coaching, recruiting and scheduling.

2. Contribute to the overall development of the basketball programme by working closely with the multi-disciplinary team.

3. Commit to and deliver a minimum of two training sessions per week with particular focus on improving techniques, skill development and tactical awareness of performance basketball athletes.

4. Provide a monthly performance related report on performance indicators, which will include squad progression, scholar’s performance, NGB and BUCS compliance.

5. Be fully aware of all health and safety risks associated to basketball, and put measures in place in line with Government and NGB guidelines to ensure a safe environment for all participants.

6. Set and work towards performance targets in conjunction with Rockets’ Director of Coaching to further develop the basketball programme.


Essential Criteria Desirable Criteria
Qualifications Qualified basketball coach level 2-3 Educated to degree level or equivalent.
Experience Proven experience of delivering a high standard basketball coaching service to teams as well as individual athletes.

Understanding of the role of S &C within the team.

Experience of undertaking a needs analysis on basketball to identify the key development areas, injury risk and strength and conditioning demands of the sport in order to plan and deliver appropriate coaching interventions.

Experience of working within an elite education environment.

Experience raising funds for a basketball programme.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities Knowledge and application of rules and regulations of BUCS and National Leagues.

Competent when using Microsoft Excel, Outlook and additional IT programmes.

Understanding of and experience of progressing an athlete from initial assessment phase of injury to full training and competition.

Recruiting connections in the UK and internationally.

Business Requirements Must be available to work some evenings and weekends as required.

Individual Coaching insurance.

Understanding of the Higher Education sector, especially within Sport.

A good understanding of student athlete lifestyle and the challenges, processes and priorities that come with being a student athlete.

How to Apply –

Applicants must submit a CV & cover letter that includes details of how the applicant meets essential and desired qualifications.

Please ensure your CV and cover letter provide the following items:

– Clearly illustrate how prior experience, knowledge and education meet the minimum and desired criteria for this role.

– Two professional references, preferably current and/or former supervisors. If references are not provided in resume upon application, they will be requested at time of interview.

Please return application to Rockets’ Director of Coaching Matt Johnson –

Community Coach Vacancy

We are looking for a full-time community basketball coach to join our team. Please see the job description below:

 Job Title: Full Time Community Basketball Coach
Hours: 15-20 per week (flexible)
Contract length: permanent after probationary period of 6 months
Location: Reading and Surrounding Berkshire areas
Salary: £1000 p/ month with opportunity for extra earnings if more coaching hours completed
Job Description:

Reading Rockets Basketball club is a well-established community focussed organisation. We are looking to add to our dedicated, enthusiastic and hardworking team of community coaches with a position that delivers coaching opportunities wot work with children as young as 4 years old right through to 18.

The main purpose of this role is to be at the forefront of community engagement with an aim of not only supporting the work the community team already undertake but also in being instrumental in setting up new community basketball hubs and Satellite programmes so more children can become involved in playing on a weekly basis.

The role will involve running lunchtime, in curriculum and afterschool basketball clubs and developing a primary school league in Reading for these schools. Running and developing new and existing mini basketball hubs (players 4-12 years old) and. Coaching and developing competition pathways for the clubs Mini Basketball Satellite programme (players 13-18 years old).

There is also opportunities to coach in the clubs elite programme as either as assistant or head coach and work weekly with a squad during the regular season.

The candidate must be open to working with and developing their ability to coach children with special educational needs as part of their Special Olympics inclusion programme.

The candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills, be able to work collaboratively within a team but also show initiative and leadership when it comes to leading programmes and sessions. They must be confident enough to liaise with schools and the wider community and be able to engage with the families involved in the programmes.

A competency in using technology is also required in order for the candidate to be able to use the clubs online Class For Kids registration portal and Views registration software.

Job Accountabilities

To deliver a range of quality coaching programmes for young people as directed by the Head of Community Services and/or Project Manager.

To undertake the necessary planning for each activity session to ensure that the programme demonstrates progression throughout.

To ensure that accurate records are maintained for the purpose of monitoring and evaluation through the clubs Class For Kids system.

To respect the rights of the participants and ensure that their wellbeing and safety is always considered.

To inform Reading Rockets of any accidents/ incidents which occur whilst working on the programme, and to inform the Head of Junior development and/or the Project Manager of any concerns which may arise.

To support and assist any other coach, adult or young person that works on the activity alongside you.

To display consistent high standards of behaviour in accordance with Reading Rockets and England Basketball codes of conduct.

To keep up to date with all current coaching practices and undertake continuous professional development, including all minimum operating standards training in order to comply with the scheme.

To understand and implement Reading Rockets Basketball Club policies and procedures as they relate to the delivery of services to young people; Data Protection Act, Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities and Safeguarding policies, and Codes of Conduct as they relate to coaches.

To follow all procedures laid down by Reading Rockets Basketball Club relating to the running of activities.

To undertake other duties and responsibilities as required from time to time.

This position will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and appointment to the position will be dependent on the outcome of this process and the taking up of references. Reading Rockets is committed to equal opportunities.

Essential Requirements

Experience working with groups of primary school and secondary school age children

Driving licence and own transport and willingness to travel

A willingness to work flexible hours including some weekends and evenings.

Have permission to work in the UK

DBS Clearance – This will be carried out by the club

Updated First Aid and Safeguarding qualifications

Level 2 or higher Basketball Qualification

If you are interested in the role please send a cover letter and CV to Gary Johnson using the email address provided here:

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Jacob Stanuel-Taitte commits to Capilano University

Jacob Stanuel-Taitte has signed and committed to Capilano University in Vancouver. He will suit up for the Blues next season.

The 6’4 guard has been with the Rockets programme for the 2 years and has developed into a very versatile player for both the JMA Rockets and D1 men’s team. Head Coach Alan Keane has been highly impressed with Jacob’s development whilst with the Rockets:

“Jacob has developed into a very versatile player. His shooting and finishing ability combined with his effective use of the dribble make him very hard to guard. A deep thinker on and off the court has allowed Jacob to develop a good tactical mindset and strong understanding of the game. He will certainly flourish at the next level.”

Jacob is excited for his next step in his career but also grateful for all those at the Rockets that have helped him on his basketball journey:

“My two years at JMA has been a special journey for me as I’ve seen myself grow as a player and as a person. The coaching staff here has also helped me through challenging times to prepare me for my next step in Vancouver.”

We wish Jacob all the best as he takes his next step in his basketball career!


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Latrell commits to John Brown University

Latrell Maitland has signed and committed to John Brown University. He will suit up for the Golden Eagles for the 2021/2022 season.

The 6’1 guard played incredibly well during his time with the Rockets, playing a key role for both the JMA Rockets and the D1 men’s team. Head Coach Alan Keane has been highly impressed with Latrell’s development whilst with the Rockets. ‘The most exciting part of Latrell’s development is his ability to control the game, making the right plays at the right time,” Coach Keane said. He went on to say, “Latrell now controls the rhythm of the game so much better, scoring when needed in a variety of ways and getting the ball to the right players in the best spot at the right time. He is a mature player who is incredibly balanced.”

Latrell is excited for his next step in his career but also grateful for all those at the Rockets:

“My Rockets Journey started 4 years ago and my time here has been amazing. I am leaving feeling apart of the Rockets Family and will always remember how much I learnt here from Coach Alan. I cannot wait to see what the future holds, and my next mission at Arkansas!”

We wish Latrell all the best next and for his career!


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Dan Pearson takes charge of mission control

It is with great delight that Dan Pearson is the new Head Coach of the Reading Rockets and Academy Director. Pearson joins the Rockets after 5 years of being assistant coach at the University of Calgary.

Pearson moved to Calgary, Alberta in 2016 to take a job at the University of Calgary. After two years on the staff, Dan was promoted to Lead Assistant for the Dinos where he took the lead for many of the operational roles, including skills development, recruitment, and camps for the program. During his time with the Dinos he amassed an 84.6% win percentage over his 4 season stay with the club which included 4 Final 8 appearances, 2 National Title Game appearances, 2 CanadaWest Regular Season Championships, 2 CanadaWest Tournament Championships, and the school’s first ever National Championship victory in 2018.

Before joining the Dinos team, Dan spent two years coaching at Helena Capital High School where he led the Bruins to a 2nd place finish in Montana and an eventual State Championship. After his achievements at Helena, he joined the coaching team at Carroll College. There he achieved many accolades including helping the Saints go from 2 wins to 18 in just 2 years, improving the team GPA to 3.1, and strengthening its performance in several statistical categories. While coaching at Carroll, Dan went on to receive his Master’s in Organisational Leadership: Servant Leadership from Gonzaga University.

Alongside this, Dan has also worked extensively in camps and AAU system across the US and internationally, spending 10 summers throughout North America and Europe with NBC Camps and is the co-founder of Elite League Basketball Camps in Montana.

Dan is extremely excited to get started, he said: “Today I am thrilled to accept the role of the Head Coach of the Reading Rockets and Academy Director. I am grateful to the Johnson’s and the rest of the Rocket family for putting their trust in me to help lead this program.” He also expressed his desire to continue to develop the Rockets basketball programme. “I relish the opportunity to continue to build on the foundations of those who came before me and am committed to being a singular piece in building a culture and style of basketball that the Reading community can take pride in.”

Club chairman, Gary Johnson, is very happy at the appointment of Dan Pearson as the new head coach and academy director, he said:

“I am absolutely thrilled at the prospect of Dan joining us as soon as we can complete his visa requirements. His North American experience in the States and Canada will be invaluable to Rockets and especially to the Academy players and the Division 1 Men. Our contacts across the world gave us a surprising large quantity and quality of applicants but Dan shone through and is definitely the person to take us into the next chapter of Rockets history as we head for our 25th anniversary next year. I wish him all the very best as he takes up this key post and I can assure him that Rockets Leadership Team and our committed supporters will be keen to meet him and encourage him as he settles into the cosmopolitan town of Reading.”

Rocketeers let’s give Dan a warm welcome and wish him luck as he leads the club into a new chapter!