Merrington and Patel Boost Riders Academy Coaching Staff

Category: News
Author: Joe Pinchin
Date: 10th August, 2014

Josh Merrington and Krumesh Patel will join the Riders full-time coaching staff this September to further improve the provision of coaching at Charnwood College and the Loughborough Basketball Programme.

The appointment comes following the best season in the College’s academy’s history with both male and female teams progressing to National Final Fours in school competitions as well as both programmes producing good results in National League competition. The two new full-time coaches will allow even greater contact time for the student-atheletes and facilitate further development of the overall programme

Josh Merrington joins the Riders following a successful season as a Head Coach in EBL Division One Women, winning the EB National Cup as well as picking up a BUCS Championship. Coach Merrington has also been a key part of England U16 Women’s successful promotion campaign to Division A competition this summer as an Assistant Coach on the staff.

Coach Merrington is looking forward to joining the programme,

“I’m really excited to join the Leicester Riders and Loughborough Basketball Programme. I was really impressed with the ethos and the philosophy of the club, especially around player and coach development, and I look forward to being a part of that.”

Krumesh Patel re-joins the Riders on a full-time basis following a great year as Head Coach of the Loughborough Student Riders Division Two team as well as being instrumental to the Championship winning success of the Loughborough Riders, taking the National Playoff Championship for the first in club history.

Coach Patel is also very excited to expand his role next season,

“I am really excited to be on board full-time. I am really looking forward to the different challenges ahead and the chance to improve as a Coach at the highest level. It’s an exciting time at the Leicester Riders and I am extremely excited be to part of the program.”

For information on the Riders Academy at Charnwood College click HERE or email info@leicesterriders.co.uk. Alternatively you can contact the Riders Office on 01162558635 from 10-5pm Mon-Fri.

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