Stringer heads international coach line-up
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Jun 01, 2013
The Bahamas Basketball Federation’s (BBF) summer line-up is already ‘smoking hot’ with a number of tournaments scheduled, but executives are ‘turning up the heat’ by hosting an International Coaches Clinic.
A number of high level, well-respected and recognized international coaches will headline the event scheduled for August 1-4, over at Atlantis, Paradise Island. C. Vivian Stringer is the keynote speaker. Her team of coaches includes Alex English and Mike Daniel.
Stringer, a Naismith Memorial basketball ball of famer and Elite Nike Coach, is the head coach of the women’s basketball team at Rutgers University. She has led three programs to National College Athletic Associations (NCAA) Finals.
Coach English is the assistant coach for the Sacramento King, and a member of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Hall of Fame. He has appeared in eight All-star games and was the first player in the history of the NBA to score over 2,000 points in eight straight seasons.
Daniel has coached NBA All-star Carmelo Anthony and has helped more than 100 students get into top universities in the United States of America (USA). The impressive list of coaches heading the clinic has enticed more than 200 people to register. The BBF executives are expecting this figure to increase as the tip-off to the clinic approaches.
“Getting coach Stringer was pretty easy, she was willing to do it,” said Edgar Pickstock, a former member of the BBF executive board and current member of the New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA) executive’s team. “At the time we didn’t know that she was an Elite Nike Coach, and found that part out later. The Bahamas will benefit from her in a few ways.
“One in particular is [that she will bring] the expertise and experience to The Bahamas, and our local coaches will get an opportunity to learn from them. Hopefully, that will improve the level of coaching here in The Bahamas especially with our national teams.
“The whole idea of the clinics being hosted here is our local coaches won’t have to travel abroad. Another benefit is bringing in other coaches from the United States, Canada and the Caribbean here so they can learn. We don’t know how far it will stretch, but we are hoping that the reach will be far and it can be an annual thing.”
Registration forms are available online and can be accessed on www.internationalcoachesclinic.com. So far, more than 200 people have hit the site, which also offers a complete package for international coaches and interested persons. Pickstock is encouraging coaches on the local front to register early.