The Future Stars International Coaching Conference is delivered by high profile international coaches who give a series of lectures and demonstrations to between 10 and 250 delegates.
The coaching conference is themed around the development of young basketball players and features speakers who have been successful in the field of youth basketball across Europe and America.
The conference has in the past brought the expertise of such coaches as Sergio Scariolo, Pepu Hernandez, Neven Spahija and Aito Garcia Reneses.
American coaching methods has also been presented by a coaching team from the NBA’s Orlando Magic led by Assistant Coach Bob Beyer and Polish NBA player Marcin Gortat.
Future Stars Coaching Clinic 2013
The Future Stars 2013 National Coaching Clinic run in conjunction with England Basketball ook place at Surrey Sports Park on Saturday 29th June 2013.
The clinic had coaching and development of young players at its centre and provided a platform for coaches with a proven track record across Europe to share the secrets of their great success.
The Clinic was led by Ante Nazor, who has led one of the most talented young generations in Croatian basketball history. Ante was be supported by Nenad Markovic , Head coach of Bosnia and Herzegovina who led a session on Individual Offensive Skills. By popular demand the 2013 Future Stars Coaching Clinic also saw the return of Olle Lunden who continues at the helm of Swedish U18 Basketball. In addition, the Head Coach of Oviedo Club Baloncesto (LEB Gold), Guillermo Arenas Milan led a session on fast break and transition offense.
The coaching clinic was run alongside the Future Stars International Tournament 2013 and all delegates had the opportunity to watch the International coaches in action on the afternoon of the clinic which featured the National U18 teams from Croatia, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina and England, along with London United Harefield Academy.
Future Stars Coaching Clinic 2012
The National Coaching Clinic run in conjunction with England Basketball was attended by over 150 coaches who invested in their own development and had the opportunity to listen to the lecturers and network with guest speakers Slava Medvedenko [Winner of two championship rings with the Los Angeles Lakers and currently working with Ukrainian Basketball Federation], and coaches from the National Teams Peter Hoffman and Olle Lunden. American coaching philosophies were also represented by Chris Hackett and British born coach working in the NCAA as Head Coach of Frank Philips College in Texas.
The coaches were initially treated to an on court clinic from NBA veteran Stanislav Medvedenko on the finer points of rebounding, creating contact and correct use of pivots. After leading last year’s clinic the Swedish U18 coach Olle Lunden, provided an informative session on point guard development, an issue in every country across Europe. Olle questioned coaches on their own responsibility in creating point guards and not just handing the point guard responsibilities to either the fastest or strongest player on their team.
After lunch Peter Hoffman shared his experiences as Head Coach of the Danish National Teams on playing without the ball – reading the defence and encouraging offensive decision making in players.
Chris Hackett, head coach at Frank Philips College in Texas, then presented an interesting and lively session on attacking the zone defence. Chris also answered a number of coaches’ questions on his progression to head coach and the characteristics and requirements of foreign players being recruited in the US.
Delegates then had the opportunity to watch the coaches in action at the Future Stars International U18 Tournament
Future Stars Coaching Clinic 2011
The International Coaching Clinic 2011 introduced the concept of the coaches of the National teams involved in the Future Stars International Junior Tournament as keynote speakers at the conference which allowed even closer interaction and transfer of knowledge between delegates and speakers.. The conference had coaching and development of young players at its centre.
The Coaching Clinic featured returning speaker Olle Lunden, Swedish National U18 head coach who led the Swedish junior team to victory in the 2009 FIBA U18 European Championship Men Division B who this time gave a popular clinic on the principles of individual defence.
The other keynote speakers included Johan Roijakkers who despite his age managed to achieve an extremely impressive catalogue of coaching experience, including long spells with Dexia Mons-Hainaut and Bree Basket. In 2004 Johan took over as Head Coach of Bree making him till now the youngest Head Coach ever in the Belgian top professional league. Johan was signed in 2010 by the Houston Rockets to work alongside Chris Finch and Arik Shivek (Head Coach of Israel National Team) to coach their D League team Rio Grande developing and evaluating young prospects for the NBA team. In 2011 Johan became the Head Coach of the U18 Dutch National Team, again becoming the youngest person to do so.
Speaking on Individual training for guards was Džemo Ibiši, who since 1990 has been Head of the youth Basketball programs in Slovenia from ages U12 – U18 including head coach at Iskra Litus (1990-1996), KK Litlja (1996-2006), KK Geoplin Slovan (2006-2007) and has now returned to KK Litja (2007-2011) where he is the Head of the Youth Basketball Program. Džemo has been head coach for the Slovenian Junior National teams since 2003 from ages U15- U18 where he took the team to the European Championships on 5 different occassions.
Also speaking was DeShields, the Head Coach of the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) who boasts ten Conference Championships and seven PCAA Philadelphia State Championships. DeShields was voted PCAA coach of the year on four different occasions and amassed over three hundred wins in his career spanning over a decade at CCP. DeShields is one of Philadelphia’s most successful junior coaches.
Future Stars Coaching Clinic 2010
The London Future Stars Coaching Clinic in 2010 once again managed to secure internationally renown high profile speakers to lead the conference. The three keynote speakers were Zare Markovski, Slobodan Subotic and Olle Luden.
Slobodan Subotic, a former professional basketball player who turned to coaching after his retirement has been head coach of such well-known European Clubs as Panathinaikos, Aris Thessalonica, Olympiacos and most recently KK Split. Coach Subotic also spent two years as head coach of the Slovenian National team.
The other keynote speaker was Zare Markovski who, for many years has been the very successful head coach of several Clubs in the Italian Lega A. As head coach of Virtus Bologna, Markovski led his team to third place at the EuroCup Final Fours in 2007. Also in 2007, Markovski was named as coach of the FIBA Europe All-star team. Earlier in his coaching career Markovski was also head coach of the Macedonian national team.
Completing the line-up of international coaches was be Olle Lunden, the current Swedish national U18 head coach who led the Swedish junior team to victory in the FIBA U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B, thereby gaining a much deserved promotion to Division A in 2010.
Also in 2010 was the Future Stars Coaching Clinic held in Krakow. The Future Stars International Coaching Conference in Poland was organised in conjunction with Marcin Gortat and his MG13 Foundation, the Academy of Physical Education in Krakow and the Krakow Basketball Federation and was aimed primarily at coaches working with the junior age group.
NBA players Marcin Gortat spoke about the importance of the Progression Pathway from promising junior player to NBA star. Gortat brought with him an exciting team of coaches and former players from Orlando Magic.
Over 150 coaches had an opportunity to participate in lectures delivered by a remarkable collection of world-renowned coaches from both the USA and Europe. The European coaches were led by Coach Aito Garcia Reneses, who led the Spanish National Team to the Silver Medal at the Beijing Olympic Games. Coach Reneses has not only won countless trophies on the international stage, but also possesses a wealth of experience in dealing with emerging young players. During his years at Juventut Badalona, he was instrumental in nurturing the young talents of Ricky Rubio and Rudy Fernandez.
American coaching philosophy was represented by assistant coach from Orlando Magic Bob Beyer and NBA player Ryan Anderson. Completing the line up from the US was Orlando Magic’s strength & conditioning coach, Joe Rogowski, who revealed some of the secrets of the strength and conditioning preparation undergone by NBA players.
Finally, a lecture was delivered by members of the coaching staff from the Polish U17 National Team which summarised their performance in the World U17 Championships in Germany. This lecture also provided the opportunity for a discussion about the new trends in junior basketball observed during this tournament.
Future Stars Coaching Clinic 2009
The 2009 Future Stars International Basketball Coaching Conference was attended by over 70 coaches during the two-day event. Following the huge success of last year’s Coaching Conference, Future Stars once again managed to secure high profile speakers of international renown and experience to lead and stimulate the exciting Conference, the theme of which was “Coaching Basketball at the Highest Level”.
Pepu Hernandez, the highly acclaimed former head coach of the Spanish Men’s National Team with whom he won the Gold Medal at the World Championships in 2006 and the Silver Medal at the European Championships in 2007, was one of the keynote speakers. Hernandez gave outstanding talks on “No Dribble Basketball” and “Defence of the Low Post; Double-Team”
The other keynote speaker was Neven Spahija, then head coach of Pamesa Valencia and previously of Tau Ceramica with whom he won the ACB Spanish League title in 2008. Spahija has coached high-profile teams all over Europe and had then the honour of having won six National Championships in five different countries. Spahija gave first-rate talks on “Pick & Roll Defence” and “Offence – Weakside Action.”
The international coaches were joined by experienced university lecturer, Bryan Jones, whose specialism is the development of elite players through high performance coaching. Jones gave excellent talks on “High Performance Coaching: Developing Expertise” and “Learning Styles, Feedback and Communication with Players.”
The Future Stars International Coaching Conference provided a unique opportunity for the best coaches from the UK and Europe to come together; not only to learn from master classes and taster sessions led by the cream of the international coaching fraternity and other sporting experts; but also to meet, debate and share best practice amongst each other.
Future Stars Coaching Clinic 2008
Future Stars Coaching Conference 2008 attracted 105 coaches from the UK, Poland, Iceland, Israel, Czech Republic, Lithuania and Ireland.
Sergio Scariolo, twice winner of European Championships with Spanish National team and renouned Euroleague coach the returning featured speaker. His insightful presentations on screening away from the ball were not only very informative but showed the latest thinking and methodology at the highest level of basketball.
Through our partnership with FIBA Europe, Serbian coach Aleksandar Trifunovic, formerly of Lietuvos Rytas and Panionios was also able to join us. Coach Trifunovic’s lively clinics were inspirational and once again, the delegates were made aware about the vital attention to detail that is an ongoing theme at the highest levels of European basketball.
Finally, a head coach from one of the teams participating in the International Junior Tournament, also spoke to the conference delegates. Rade Mijanovic, then Slovenian Under 18 team Head Coach gave informative presentation on Transition Offence and showed some interesting continuity strategies which were demonstrated by his team.
Future Stars Coaching Clinic 2007
The inaugural International Coaching Conference was held at Brunel University in Uxbridge from 6 – 8 July 2007. The basketball clinicians were headlined by one of Europe’s best. Sergio Scariolo, then Head Coach of Unicaja Malaga from the ACB Spain and Euroleague Final Four, presented some of his offence and defence strategies and philosophies during the course of Friday and Saturday. Coach Scariolo gave an insight into the minutiae of detail that he teaches and expects his players to be able to execute.
Also presenting was Coach Pierre Vincent then from Bourges Women’s Pro Team in France, a Euroleague finalist and Assistant Coach for the French Women’s National Team and a former coach for the French Junior National Team. Pierre has since won the Womens European Championship with France in 2009. Pierre who spoke on all three days, broke down two topics for the coaches – defending the pick and roll and zone offence. His detailed analysis gave a valuable insight into the ‘learning through understanding’ methodology.
The third foreign visitor was Murat Didin from Frankfurt Skyliners, German Bundesliga and a former Turkish Championship winner and National Team coach. Coach Didin’s presentation of Transition Basketball was greatly appreciated by the coaches over the three day clinic. He presented some great ideas about early offence and quick hit strategy for the point guard and trailer.