Coaching Teams Announced For New Season
The Derbyshire Arrows are pleased to announce their coaching teams for the upcoming 2018/19 NBL campaign.
The Arrows Men will once again be lead by Coach Jonny Kelly who will embark on his fourth season at the helm. The 28 year old play caller guided the Arrows to an impressive sixth place finish last term in a competitive NBL Division 2, a finish that was the Arrows highest in the last three seasons. He will gain coaching assistance from veteran centre James Cusack who will also resume playing duties. Main stay point guard James Kelly will continue the captaincy role.
Another continuity in the coaching line ups is with the Derbyshire Arrows Women's team, who once again will be under the guidance of Pete Kelly. The Arrows Women notched an incredible campaign last year, finishing in second place in WNBL Division 2 as well as finishing runners up in the playoffs. Only Ipswich, who had an unbeaten season across three WNBL competitions, denied the Arrows from picking up silverware. Kelly will take his side into WNBL Division 2 for their third season with aspirations of going one place better than last term and winning the divisional championship.
The Arrows U18's are one of the squads that will see a change in leadership for the new season. Brothers James and Jonny Kelly will take over the coaching duties from former coach Matt Oakey who is now training to become a teacher. The talented group, which has two players that made senior debuts last season in Joe Longden and Reyad West, will look to capitalise on a solid season in the 2017/18 campaign.
Another coaching change is a change in the coaching line up to the Arrows U16 team. Coach Mitchell Dennison progresses with several players from his championship winning U14 team to take the lead of this promising group. Dennison will be assisted by the young and talented Owen Norfolk who stays in his role as U16 assistant coach.
The youngest team in the club, the Arrows U14, will be coached by Simon Ford. Ford, who assisted Dennison in the Arrows U14 unbeaten season, steps up to take on the head coach role while he will be supported by Arrows junior graduate Connor McFarlane. Although a relatively new group, Ford will look to the experience of Isaac Askwith to play a key role in the progression of this squad.
With fixtures yet to be formally released, the Arrows will continue to train hard over the summer ready for another push on all divisions.