Management & Coaching Staff

Raewyn
Britt
Administrator
Caleb
Harrison
General Manager

Caleb has overseen the program direction since 2014, assisted in the development of athletes, US College and international recruitment of numerous Eagles players.

 

Caleb leads the program with a wealth of experience including:

 

  • Mainland Eagles coach & manager since 2014
  • FIBA Accredited Coach Developer 
  • 10 years US Collegiate coaching
  • Former BBNZ National Junior teams international coaching experience 
Mick
Downer
Performance Programs Director

Mick oversees the technical direction of the program, provides US college and professional pathway advice, coaches athletes on the floor and supports coaching development. 

 

  • FIBA Accredited Master Coach
  • Rio Olympics, World Cup, World University Games and international coach 
  • International Clinician, writer & consultant
  • Former Australian NBL, National Junior & Senior teams coach
  • Various High Performance Management and Coaching Director roles
Mel
Downer
Performance Pathways Manager

Mel plays a pivotal role in linking the Eagles program with Basketball NZ‘s national programs. As well as focusing on talent identification, depth charts and athlete pathways

 

  • FIBA Accredited Master Coach
  • International & National coaching experience Junior World Events
  • Former Head Coach Australian Centre of Excellence
  • State High Performance Manager
  • Former WNBL player
Mike
Fitchett
Support Coach

Mike is adapting and implementing Mainland Eagles programmes for the Top of the South, providing player and coach development, basketball pathway advice and providing coaching support at Mainland Eagles camps.

 

  • Nelson Giants Head Coach
  • Tall Blacks Assistant Coach
  • Former NZ Breakers Assistant Coach
  • Former Head Coach and Administrator of the NZ Breakers Academy
  • Former Tall Black
Lori
McDaniel
Network Coach
  • CBA Coach Development Manager
  • U15 BBNZ National Head Coach
  • Former WBC Championship coach
  • NCAA Athlete Butler University
Ed
Book
Network Coach
Ed has been a coach for the Mainland Eagles Academy since 2016.  He assists with the implementation of the programme and there as a mentor for players.
  • Former Head coach of Waimea College Junior and Senior Teams (boys and girls)
  • Former Tasman Rep Head coach for U15, U17, U19 age groups (different years of course and for boys and girls)
  • Waitaha Rep Coach for U15, U17
  • Assistant Coach Christ College Senior Team and Head Coach for Christ College Junior Team
  • Coach at the WPP
  • Former NZ National Player
Ben
Sheat
Network Coach

 

  • BBNZ National Assistant Coach
  • Former Eagles Head Coach
  • Former Rams Assistant Coach

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