VACANCY: Head Coach


JOB TITLE: Plymouth Raiders BBL Head Coach.

RESPONSIBLE TO: Board of Directors.

RESPONSIBLE FOR: BBL playing squad as well as matrix managing Assistant Coach(es), and other support staff.

BUDGET: Manage competition budgets for the BBL Men’s Basketball squad.

SALARY BAND: Competitive compensation package for the right candidate

HOURS OF WORK: Such hours as are necessary to fulfil the requirements of your position to the satisfaction of Plymouth Raiders. Variable commitments including early mornings, evenings, weekends and bank holidays.

LOCATION: Plymouth Raiders Office, Plymouth Marjon University, Plymouth, Devon.  Places of work include training venues, home and away playing venues, schools and Academy facilities.

TENURE: Multi-year contract for the right candidate.

HOW TO APPLY: Please email your CV to [email protected].  Due to the high amount of interest in the role, we regret that we will be unable to respond to all applicants.

APPLICATIONS: Closing date for applications is Monday 11th June 2018 with interviews expected to be completed by Friday 15th June 2018.  Start date required within one months of appointment.

Job Purpose

  • To recruit a squad of players capable of competing at British Basketball League standard.
  • To lead the organisational, technical, tactical, physical and emotional development of players.
  • To build a team culture where all members are valued and create an environment where each player is able to consistently perform to their full potential.
  • To design and implement high quality training and competitive programmes.
  • To achieve performance targets set annually by the Board of Directors.
  • To help build and oversee all development programmes within the organisation, from schools programmes through to BBL level.
  • To oversee and coach the University BUCS basketball teams.

Key Responsibilities/Accountabilities

  • To research and recruit suitable players to compete for the BBL squad in accordance with the Plymouth Raiders selection policy.
  • To ensure the effective development, improvement and success of the selected squad of players.
  • To lead and manage the work programmes of the Assistant Coach(es) in a matrix environment.
  • To utilise the effective teaching/coaching strategies (including both on and off court) to enhance individual development and team performance.
  • To utilise the latest sports science techniques and methods in conjunction with the appropriate support bodies to ensure the highest quality of sports science/medicine services and technical support.
  • To research and analyse opposition teams and create scouting reports with support of assistant coaches.
  • To help develop and maintain a successful image and profile for Plymouth Raiders both in the UK and worldwide and to contribute to communication activity including media briefings.
  • To help build and over see player pathway programmes, local junior participations and related school community activities.
  • To mentor and train new and existing coaches across the region.
  • To work with Plymouth Raiders’ partners and sponsors in association with the Club’s General Manager.

Person Specification:

The personal profile is a picture of the skills, knowledge and experience needed to carry out the job.

  • To hold suitable Coaching Qualification as required for the leadership of a BBL team.
  • Effective leadership with a proven track record in an elite basketball environment, acknowledged by players and coaches as having expert knowledge and credibility.
  • Committed to and a proven track record of personnel development.
  • A skilful and persuasive communicator with a deep understanding of world class basketball performance and the needs of elite players and coaches.
  • Understanding of how individual players are motivated and able to vary approaches to develop the very best performance and to bring the best out of existing talent ability to make behavioural changes to have a positive impact on performance.
  • Skilled in fostering productive relationships with high performance staff and personal coaches, able to encourage creativity and contribution from others.
  • Ability to work effectively with colleagues both within basketball and from other organisations.
  • Conveys an image that is consistent with Plymouth Raiders values, demonstrating qualities, traits and a demeanour that command leadership respect.
  • Willing to work irregular hours and when needed travel extensively both within the UK and occasionally overseas, with overnight stays and weekend work.
  • Shows integrity and is fair, equitable and ethical in approach. Protects confidential information, adheres to policies and demonstrates loyalty to basketball and the high performance team.
  • Previous experience in leading and shaping a programme that delivers results in both team performance and individual player development to international standards.

This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive.

About the Plymouth Raiders
Plymouth Raiders is a professional basketball team based in Plymouth, England. The team compete in the British Basketball League (BBL), the country’s premier basketball competition – and play their home games at Plymouth Pavilions.

The club was founded in 1983 through a merger between two local basketball clubs and went on to be the longest serving and most successful team in Division 1 of the EBL National League.

Between 1996 and 2004, the Plymouth Raiders won six different competitions, including three National Basketball League Play-off titles and the National Cup in 2004. After years of dominating the lower leagues, in 2004 the Raiders moved to the British Basketball where they have established a great reputation for themselves.

Raiders also runs an elite Academy programme in the City, and works closely with the Plymouth Raiders Foundation to help develop the game of basketball across Devon and Cornwall. In August 2017 Plymouth Storm Wheelchair Basketball joined the Club and from 2017/18 season onwards will play as Plymouth Raiders Wheelchair Basketball.

In July 2017, the club was acquired by former players Richard Mollard and Ross Mackenzie, who are leading the club into an exciting new era both on and off the court.