Ipswich Basketball Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Lloyd as the new Head Coach for their NBL Division Two Senior Men.
Mark has a wealth of basketball experience and has been one of the most influential figures in basketball in the East Region for well over two decades.
Lloyd takes over from Adam Robinson, who will move back into the junior development programme and will take over the reins with immediate effect, in what is a move that is expected to attract a number of top-level players to Ipswich, as the club bid to re-establish themselves as a dominant force at the Senior Men’s level.
Mark has been coaching in the national league since 1996. Primarily in Colchester, but also with Hemel Storm, Essex Blades and subsequently Essex Rebels. Mark has also worked on the Basketball England Performance Pathway as RPC Head Coach and as the ex-Performance Coaching Co-ordinator for the East. He is a UKCC Level 4 Basketball Coach, Coach Tutor/Mentor and holds Post Graduate qualifications in Elite Coaching Practice.
Internationally, Mark is one of the most capped staff members in the history of British Basketball, working as a Team Manager at almost every level and has been involved on the Management & Coaching Staff of national teams for 25 years - Male, Female, Senior & age group teams as well as Paralympic Wheelchair Men’s Team. He attended the Paralympic Games in Athens 2004 (Bronze Medal), Paralympic World Cup 2005 (Gold Medal) & European Championships 2006 (Silver Medal). Mark managed the GB Men’s Team at Eurobasket 2013, England Men at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and GB Women at Eurobasket 2019.
“This is a significant move for the club and demonstrates our ambition and vision for the Senior Men’s team. Mark’s pedigree in basketball is as good as anyone you will meet, and he is perfect for this role as we move into a new era with our boys and men’s programme. With Mark at the helm of the Men’s team, and with Adam back leading the line in terms of the development of the young men at the club – there has never been a more exciting time to be a young male player at Ipswich” Said Head Coach Nick Drane.
Mark had this to say about the challenge ahead “I am so excited to be working with Nick Drane, Adam Robinson and everyone else at Ipswich Basketball. The club has such a rich history in developing young male and female players and the women’s team has had such success off the back of this over the last few years. My job is straight forward – work with everyone at the club to get the Men’s team to the next level so that the junior male side of the programme has a team at the top level of basketball in England that they can be proud of and aspire towards.”.
Ipswich are looking to appoint several people to Mark’s support staff, including two assistant coaches as well as a team manager. For more information about these positions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org