Mark Dickel was the head coach of the Mainland Eagles Academy between 2015 and 2018. He was instrumental in the growth of the academy and supporting athletes in receiving US College scholarships. The number of South Island athletes receiving US College Scholarships jumped from 5 between 2008-14 and now sits at 40+ since the founding of the Mainland Eagles in 2014.
Mark has a professional and extensive resume and career both as a player and coach including:
Played at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (third on the school's all-time list for total assists)
Lead the NCAA Division 1 in assists (9.0 per game) in 2000
Played for the Tall Blacks in 100+ games including the 4th placed finishing team at 2002 World Basketball Championship in Indianapolis
9 Year Professional Career in Europe and was named Eurocup All Star in 2006
Sydney Kings (2010-11)
Played for various NZ NBL teams including the Otago Nuggets, Wellington Saints, North Harbour Kings & Southland Sharks
NZ NBL Rookie of the Year (1993), NZ NBL Assist Champion (1998, 2014) & NZ NBL All Star Five (2002)
Head Coach of Albanian National Team (2010-11)
Head Coach of Canterbury Rams (2015-18)
Coach and Consultant at TNT Katropa (Philippines) & Philippines National Team
The Mainland Eagles Academy was established in 2014. The role of the Mainland Eagles Academy is to support development pathways for junior players & coaches throughout the South Island to open opportunities for National teams, US College scholarships & career pathways.