Craig Nicol to Make GB Coaching Debut

May 16, 2017

basketballscotland are delighted to announce that Craig Nicol has been appointed Assistant Coach for the Under 16 Men Great Britain squad that will compete at this summers FIBA European Championships.

We can also announce the confirmation of all coaching and team management roles for the GB National Youth Squads, ahead of the various FIBA European Championships 2017.

With 2017 being the first year that Under 16 and Under 18 teams will be competing as Great Britain, rather than the Home Countries, there is great excitement within the basketball community for opportunities facing the squads.

basketballscotland's Head of Basketball, Barry Lang on Craigs appointment; "To have Craig Nicol represent Scotland as a member of the GB Coaching staff is a great honour for both Craig and basketballscotland. Craig is a young, dedicated and talented coach with great performance basketball experience, having attended 5 FIBA European Championships. He will be a great asset to Team GB, Coach Vear and the players in the GB U16 Men team."

British Basketball Chief Executive, Lisa Wainwright, commented “We are delighted to name such strong coaching and management teams to all of the GB National Youth Squads. Using the experience and talent within the Home Countries, we’ve been able to appoint high quality coaches and excellent team support personnel to all squads. Flying the flag for GB for the first time for the younger age groups adds a new dimension for the coaches, management and players. Thanks to all the Home Countries for their assistance in appointing the staff and Basketball England for managing the Under 16 and Under 18 squads. Another example of collaborative working being driven by our Transforming Basketball in Britain strategy.”

A full list of all staff is listed below:

GB Under 20 Men

Name                          Position

Andreas Kapoulas       Head Coach

Lloyd Gardner             Assistant Coach

Josh Merrington          Assistant Coach

Mark Lloyd                  Team Manager

Mark Dayson              Physio

Ross Knevett              Sports Therapist

GB Under 20 Women

Name                          Position

Jose Maria Buceta       Head Coach

Chris Bunten               Assistant Coach

Rachael Vanderwal    Assistant Coach

Beverley Kettlety        Team Manager

Darren Finnegan         Physio


GB Under 18 Men

Name                          Position

Alan Keane                 Head Coach

Ian Macleod                Assistant Coach

Pete Daines                Team Manager

Peter Berenyi              Performance Analyst

Patrick Waplington      S&C Coach

Ellen Scott                   Sports Therapist

GB Under 18 Women

Name                          Position

Vanessa Ellis               Head Coach

James Dawe               Assistant Coach

Sadie Mason               Team Manager

Barney Blake              Performance Analyst

Sam Heathcote           S&C Coach

James McCormack    Physio

GB Under 16 Men

Name                          Position

James Vear                Head Coach

Craig Nicol                  Assistant Coach

Howard Leighton         Team Manager

Ieuan Alex Jones        Performance Analyst

Hani Assi                     S&C Coach

Mark Dayson              Physio

GB Under 16 Women

Name                          Position

Matthew Harber          Head Coach

Kenrick Liburd             Assistant Coach

Olga Cornish               Team Manager

Adam Davies              Performance Analyst

Antonis Kesisoglou      S&C Coach

Brad Scanes               Physio