Canterbury Rams coach, Mark Dickel has accepted a coaching position with the Talk and
Text Manila pro team in the Philippines. Mark has coached the Rams for the past 4 years, his
achievements with the team have included 2 NBL final 4’s and winning the NBL regular
season championship in 2016. Mark has also played a significant role in developing the
profile and reputation of the Mainland Eagles Academy which supports boy’s and girl’s at
high school level, in their pursuit of US academic and basketball University scholarships.
“We are happy for Mark, our intentions ever since the Rams were re-established in 2014 was
to provide a pathway for player and coaching progression, hence we are excited to see Mark
receive this great opportunity” stated Rams General Manager, Caleb Harrison.
The Mainland Eagles Academy has seen 28 boys & girls receive US scholarships since it’s
inception in 2014. Mark has played an integral role in training these players and assisting
with their US college recruitment. The full time appointment of Ben Sheat 12 months ago
means that the momentum that Mark has begun will continue to support the development of
current and future promising high school players. “Mark has made a huge contribution to the
Mainland Eagles programme over the past 4 years and we know he will always stay closely
engaged as we continue to develop and grow the programme further. We have strong
succession plans in place for Ben to build on what has been started”, stated Caleb Harrison.
The Rams will now be looking for a new coach for the 2019 National Basketball League
season. “We will first review our resourcing processes and the best way of structuring the
Rams coach role, we expect to start advertising for the role in the coming weeks.” stated