Guests: Andre Desjardins, Milena Moulisová, Samara Funnell and Zeon Gray
In this week's coaching conversation, Alex Sarama and guests join the Basketball Podcast to share Basketball Immersion insights from around the world in celebration of the 200th episode. Topics include youth coaching, coach education, teaching footwork, being a lifelong learner and so much more.
Topics: Teaching Footwork and Pivoting in Non-Traditional Ways
Bio: Andre Desjardins is a teacher coach for over 25 years at Louis Riel, a sports school where he is the head coach of the girl’s Prep program as well as the HC of the basketball Sports études program for boys and girls. He has been an assistant coach with the Bronze medal Canadian Cadette Women's National Team 2011-2014. André is a Learning Facilitator with the National Coaching Certification Program as well as a mentor coach to upcoming coaches. He has spent time as the head coach of the Ontario Center for Performance for both boys and girls.
Topics: Youth Coaching Development Initiatives
Bio: Milena Moulisová is the head of Youth Basketball for the Czech Basketball Federation, a position she has held since 2014. Her focus is on players up until U15 and coach education. She has a background in Physical Education and holds many certifications including being a FIBA A License Coach. Milena has considerable coaching experience across the world having coached at several clubs in the US, Denmark, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
Topics: Youth Player Development
Bio: Samara Funnell is the Co-Head Coach of Player Development at Swoosh Training alongside Joe Reddish. She is also the clubs and development officer for the Franklin Basketball Association. She has coached teams ranging in age from Under 10 to Under 16. Funnell is also a former professional player who played for the Sydney Wildcats and Hills Hornets in the New South Wales ABA league in Australia.
Topics: Coaching Internationally and Life-Long Learning
Bio: Zeon Gray is the current director of the PSA (Premier Scholar Athletes) youth program in Asia. He has coached teams from high-level AAU in the United States to a youth club Nieder Olm in Germany. After playing collegiately in Canada, his playing career took him to Europe.