Our Staff

Coaching Staff

Mick
Downer
Head Coach
  • Professional Basketball Coach in the National Basketball League, NBL (10 seasons)
  • Experience at National and International Level as a coach (7 years)
  • Worked in the Sport of Basketball for 20+ years at all levels
  • Worked for both the Government (Sport and Rec QLD), Private (Cairns Taipans, Perth Wildcats) and Education Sectors (John Paul College, Loreto College, St Lawrence's College).

Specialties:

  • FIBA Licensed Basketball Coach
  • Master Coach - Basketball Australia Coaching Accreditation Program
Piet
van Hasselt
Assistant Coach

Coaching Bio:

Canterbury Rams Assistant Coach/Performance Analyst (2014-Current); Canterbury Knights (2016-Current); University of Canterbury Premier team (2008-Current); University of Canterbury U23 team (2003-Current); University of Canterbury Tertiary Team (2016-Current); Canterbury U23 teams (2014-2017).

Professional:

Senior Tutor at University of Canterbury in the Bachelor of Sport Coaching degree programme (2015-Current).

13+ years working in sports including four with Canterbury Basketball Association and two with Canterbury Regional Basketball Foundation - Operations Manager.

Canterbury Rams/Cougars Volunteer positions (18 years): Assistant Coach, marketing, event management, TV statistician, scorebench, entertainment manager, team publications, website, media liaison, manager, community programme coordinator.

Fun facts: 

Hasn’t missed a Rams/Cougars NBL home game since 1997.

Attended the 2002 World Championships as a world media member.
Became a life member of the Canterbury Basketball Association in March 2019, joining fellow Rams assistant coach Terry Brunel with that honour.

Specialities:

Team Culture

Performance Analysis

“Absolutely thrilled to be involved with the Rams this season and assisting Coach Downer and the players by fostering a positive learning environment and a playing for each other mentality.  The team will have a strong local flavour, have high character imports and it’s an honour to be on the coaching staff.”

Terry
Brunel
Assistant Coach

Terry began playing in the Canterbury Basketball Association in 1981 and progressed through various age group teams representing the province at U16, U18, U20, U23. He made the Rams team in 1987 and went on to represent the Rams through to 1991. During that period he was a member of the back to back championship winning Rams teams of 1989 and 1990 playing under Head Coach Keith Mair and Assistant Coach Bert Knops. Following his playing days with the Rams Terry became the Canterbury Basketball Development Manager building programmes for the association. He also became a part time TV commentator alongside, firstly John Watson and then the legend Bob Mantei, calling Rams games for CTV and CHTV. Terry became the administrator for the Rams team in 2006 when the CBA took over the running of the team for a three year period. During this time he was also the Assistant Coach to American Chris Sparks (2006,2007) and Bert Knops (2008). Terry played a part in convincing current Rams owner Andrew Harrison to restart the team in 2014 so that young local talented players had a flagship team to aspire to. Most recently he was back in the commentary seat alongside James Lissaman calling the games for the live streaming coverage. Terry has been appointed Rams Assistant Coach for 2019 under Head Coach Mick Downer and alongside Assistant Piet Van Hasselt. “It’s a real privilege to be back on the side lines and I’m looking forward to being a part of a Canterbury Rams team that plays the right way with energy and passion”.

George
Robinson
Assistant Coach

Professional:

  • Development Manager at North Canterbury Basketball Association (2016, 2018 - Present)
  • Coach Well-being Consultant for Regional Sports Trusts and National Bodies (2018 - Present)

Coaching:

  • Head Coach, Christchurch Girls High School (2018 - Present)
  • Graduate Assistant, Fresno State Women's Basketball (2016-17)
  • Assistant Coach, Otago Boys High School (2013 - 2015)
  • Apart of the BBNZ Junior National Program in various roles since 2014.

Education:

  • Masters in Sports Psychology from Fresno State, California. Specialising in Coaching Education, Coach Well-being and Talent Development.
  • Bachelor of Physical Education, University of Otago. Specialising in Coaching Education and Sport Psychology.
  • BBNZ Kiwi Hoops, and FIBA Level 1 Coaching Accreditation.
Lidia
Belles
Physiotherapist

Lidia is originally from Spain. Lidia has a Masters in Health Practice in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from AUT and her enthusiasm and desire to achieve her goals both professionally and in her personal life as a triathlete has been an example to her colleagues and patients. Lidia has been involved in providing physiotherapy services to different sports teams and athletes across a variety of sport: rugby, athletics, triathlon, multisport, cricket and soccer. Most recently Lidia has been the team physiotherapist for the Canterbury RAMS and Wildcats since 2014 and is regularly involved with the Eagles Academy. Lidia’s passion is movement screening for injury prevention and end-stage rehabilitation particularly associated with ankle sprain and ACL injuries.

Management Staff

Caleb
Harrison
General Manager

Caleb has been with the Canterbury Rams since the franchised were re-established in 2014. His roles have included leading the development programs including Mainland Eagles Academy, Canterbury Basketball Rep Academy, Rams Mentoring & In-Schools Coaching programs.

Since being in the role of General Manager some of the highlights include an NBL record crowd of 6,000 people for the Rams vs Saints game at Horncastle Arena in 2018 and bringing the Tall Blacks & NZ Breakers back to Christchurch for the first time since 2004.

With 15 years of international coaching experience, he brings a diverse set of skills to Canterbury & the South Island for development pathways for players throughout the region. He continues to provide specialist guidance and mentoring to the families on US college & international basketball pathways. Through his US college connections & experiences he is able to help find the right US College fit for each of the Mainland Eagles Academy members which includes 35 boys & girls from throughout the South Island receiving US College Scholarships since the Academy was established in 2014.

Caleb has delivered & participated in coaching courses throughout the world including Serbia, Croatia, Thailand, Australia, UAE, Malawi, USA & New Zealand.

Accreditations-

FIBA International Coach Instructor

Masters of Science (Sports Coaching), Indiana State University, 2006

Bachelor of Sports Coach, Christchurch College of Education, 2003

Raewyn
Britt
Team Operations Manager

Biography not provided

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