Former NBA coach Tom Newell to conduct clinic in Guyana


tom-newellFormer National Basketball Association (NBA) coach, Tom Newell will be the facilitator for the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation’s (GABF) FIBA Level I Coaching Clinic, which will be held from May 23 -29 at the Cliff Anderson Sport Hall.

The clinic was originally slated to be held last weekend but, according to the GABF president David Patterson, it had to be pushed back a month to accommodate the busy schedule of the world-renowned coaching expert.

Newell had severed as the assistant coach of NBA teams such as the Seattle Supersonics (now known as the Oklahoma City Thunder), the New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks.

He first started as an NBA scout for the Golden State Warriors before joining the Seattle bench as the assistant coach from 1984 to 1990.

He had a brief stint as the head coach of the Supersonics in 1989.

According to Newell’s profile at the Douglas Sports Institute, he has also represented FIBA as one of their Expert Instructors in their Olympic Development Progamme.

Patterson confirmed that Newell will be the facilitator of the clinic and urges all local coaches and persons interested in becoming basketball coaches to captilalise on the opportunity.

“I am very elated, and hope that our local coaches take full advantage of such coaching expertise,” Patterson said.

The GABF president also said that since Newell has experience coaching basketball at the highest level in the NBA, his presence should be a great asset to the sport locally.

Apart from his experience in the NBA, Newell also functioned as assistant coach of the Portland Fire in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

Basketball in Guyana is played under the international rules of FIBA rather than the NBA, but this will not pose any problem since Newell also has experience coaching on the international circuit under FIBA rules.

Newell was the head coach of the Jilin NE Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association and Greek team, Iraklis.

The course will be open to all clubs and schools’ basketball coaches as well as person interested in becoming coaches.

Prior to Newell’s visit to Guyana, he will be having a coaching course in Calgary.

Some of the material includes: Building a Successful Basketball Programme; Building your Defensive Systems; Skill Development for Posts/Perimeters; Full Court Drills and Secondary Offenses; Competitive Drills for In-season Practices; Motion Offense Principles & team movement and Transition Offense and Attacking Pressure Situations/Quick Hitters.

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