Sunday, September 18, 2011

14 Sep 2011 NBA Africa partners with KBF/Malezi/Sadili To Offer First Coach Workshop

Court time: Coach Wright Elaborates On A Point

The Sadili Oval Sports Academy on 14th September 2011 hosted a world – class basketball clinic in conjunction with Kenya Basketball Federation, NBA Africa, Malezi College (Department of Sports, Recreation and Physical Education) and the famous basketball brand- Sprite.
Sadili boasts of having been the development platform for some of East Africa's basketball players who now play in the NBA and in the NCAA, honed their skills. The Malezi College also stands tall in being one of the premier institutions offering sports coaching and sports management courses in all sports at an affordable rate to coaches nationwide. Kenya Basketball federation, the nation’s basketball managing body is credited for having brought competitive basketball back into Kenya and as a result turned the sport into semi- professional. KBF’s resilience and hard work has attracted the corporate world into the game with  teams in within the major leagues.

Manyo chats with Nellie of Brookhouse School
The clinic at Sadili was run by re-knowned NBA Coach Wright and his South African-based NBA Africa counterpart John Manyo-Plange, and attracted a total of 48 coaches and referees. With 38 of the coaches being male and the other 10 being women, the facilitating coaches lauded the KBF and Sadili for having brought in women in a male dominated sport. Among the key skills taught by Coach Wright were offensive performance, defensive performance, player and coach attitude. Perhaps to note the main ingredient of their teachings was work ethic. In this segment of the clinic delivered by Coach Wright, coaches were exposed to a module that developed their mindset and also worked on their players’ mindset towards the game. ‘The main aim is winning, a player who is not interested in winning is as good as the bench’- Coach Wright. He went ahead to explain the reason for proper organizing of training sessions, prevention of injury and player conditioning within his module. In concluding their presentations both Toby Wright and Manyo-Plange expressed optimism in the local coaches being able to nurture more youngsters with the learn the skills and as a result provide the much needed new crop of players for the international basketball scene. They also expressed their interest in exploring ways to work with Sadili Oval and Malezi College, in the near future, as partners in developing basketball in Kenya. They were impressed by the commitment to sport, player, and facility development in 21 years.

Hot weather, long hours, but no-one is complaining!
Sprite has been in the Kenyan Hoops circles since 2003, creating basketball links between Kenya and the outside world and also offering an avenue for graffiti artists and Kenyan Hip- hop artists to showcase their skills. It is in August 2009 that the Sprite Slam series was officially launched in Kenya and ever since, players and coaches alike have been made to realize that basketball should be approached from a more sophisticated angle. The best of shows was put on display at the University of Nairobi courts on 16th August 2011.  Despite the rain coming down and soaking the courts, the top 40 players as selected by KBF worked extensively to showcase their 3 on 3 skills in front of a charged spectator presence.

Happy Faces Of Enlightened Coaches: "We Want More" they all say...a challenge to the organisers!

18 Sep 2011 Celebrated NBA Coach Joby Wright Visits Sadili

Celebrated NBA Coach Joby Wright was at Sadili Oval Sports Academy today on his second training session for select players of Malezi School and Sadili Talent Training Academy. Coach Wright, who has been in the country on a coaching mission under an NBA Spriteball camp and tournament at Nyayo Stadium from Thursday, and in which Malezi won the Schools category over the competition weekend, said that he decided to take time to work with the boys because he had noted their committment to basketball and school, and that he hoped to follow their progress for the next few years. Players who were selected for special mentoring included Zack Okong'o, Lino Manyiel, John Madol and Emmanuel Atega. 
Coach Wright is best known as Head Coach/Director of Competitive Play 2000-2001 for the famous Harlem Globetrotters, when they won vs. Metro State University-NCAA Division II National Champion and Purdue University-3 Time Big Ten Champion (in the 90's). 

Joby Wright with Lino Manyiel (S.Sudan) and Zack Okong'o (Kenya)

Amongst other top jobs coaching at NCAA Division I level for many years, are Head Coach at University of Wyoming Cowboys, and Assistant Coach at Indiana University (where he worked under famous Coach Bob Knight). Coach Wright was Head Basketball Coach, Miami University, Oxford Ohio for 3-years, where he posted an excellent overall Record at Miami: 61-29. He took the Miami Valley Championship, beating Xavier, Cincinnati, and Dayton (3-0) for the first time in 25 years,  was third placed, Mid-American Conference in 1990-91 after making an NCAA First Round Appearance 1990-91. They then took first place in Mid-American Conference, Conference Co-Champs, NIT Final 8, 1992-93, beating Ohio State- First for the time in 93 years, first round NIT at OSU, 1992-93. He was voted mid-American Conference Coach of the Year 1992-93 1991-92 with a record: 23-8, Coach Joby Wright holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, a Masters of Science, Recreation and Administration and Master of Science in Athletic Counselling/Recreational Sports Programming at Indiana University.

He is currently on contract with the NBA Africa to develop basketball in the Royal Bofakeng Province in South Africa. On this visit, he was accompanied by John Manyo-Plange of NBA Africa

Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 Sep 2011: No Surprises At 8 Series Event

Sascha Taylor goes for a win

The 6th edition of the 8-Series tennis tournament (the level D tourney for beginner and intermediate level players) took place at Sadili Oval this weekend, with a strong showing from 35 juniors from around the city. In the Under 8 Girls, Lourdel Adera beat Faith Mueni and Belinda Awino 11/4 and 11/4 respectively, to take the winners prize. In the Girls U14, Sasha Taylor overcame initial nervousness which saw her lose 2/4 to Tottie Ball, but acquiring enough points from Carmine Muinde 4/1 and Natasha Tsimininsky 4/0 to lift the winner’s prize. Tottie Ball took second place after just dropping 1 point aggregate. Mary Monari lifted Pool B, after winning 4/1 and 4/0 against Elizabeth Adhiambo and Mary Appalyne, respectively.
Nigel Odhiambo won the Boys Under 10, beating Clyde Adera 11/7 in the finals. Cylde had to go past Hilary Atsango 11/9 to reach the finals. The Boys Under 12 was a tough match, which saw Billy Douglas fight it out with David Mukhwana in the finals, eventually succumbing ¾ to runner up position. The Boys Under 14, Ronex Otieno beat Sylvester Juma 4/1 lift the trophy, while Amon Muinde had to battle it out with Robert Kasomombo to win 4/2, 4/0. Final results were as follows:
Girls Under 8
Winner – Lourdel Adera
Runner-up: Faith Mueni
Boys Under 10
Winner: Nigel Odhiambo
Runner-up: Clyde Adera
2nd runner-up: Hilary Atsango
Girl Under 12 Group 1
Sasha Taylor
Runner-up: Tottie Ball
Girls Under 12 Group 2
Winner: Mary Monari
Runner-up: Elizabeth Adhiambo
Boys Under 12
Winner: David Mukhwana
Runner-up: Billy Douglas
Boys Under 14
Winner: Ronex Otieno
Runner-up: Sylvester Juma
Boys Over 14:
Winner: Amon Muinde
Runner-up: Robert Kasombo