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Olympian unveiled as Loughborough basketball coach


LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY has announced that London 2012 Olympian Drew Sullivan has been appointed as the new head coach for their men’s basketball team.

Sullivan, who played for Team GB at London 2012, will continue to ply his trade for his club side Leicester Riders but will also take his first steps into coaching by working with the Loughborough Student Riders men’s team for the 2012/13 season.

The Loughborough Student Riders will look to make an impact on the EBL Division Two National League in the upcoming season, whilst at the same time develop the many international calibre players on the roster.

Speaking about his new coaching role Sullivan, 32, said: “The goal is to develop talent year in year out so we have a number of strong teams.

“This is hugely important for the programme and its player development as well so guys understand that if you’re playing in the first team and then move to the second team or third team if is not a demotion, it’s a chance for you to play with really good players by giving you the opportunity to develop.”

He added: “That is what Loughborough has always been about, developing high quality talent."

The announcement is the latest development for the ‘Loughborough Basketball Programme’, a thriving partnership between Loughborough University, Loughborough College, Charnwood College and the Leicester Riders.

The partnership offers young people from the UK and overseas the opportunity to continue studying in higher and further education as well as developing as a basketball player.

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