Our Staff

Coaching Staff

Isaac
Hassall
Performance Analysis and Scouting

University Education:

Studying a double degree in Sport Coaching and Science at University of Canterbury, majoring in Performance Analysis and Psychology (2017-current)

Teams worked with:

Scouting experience with Christchurch Girls High basketball (2018-current) and with UC at 3v3 and 5v5 tertiary championships (2017 and 2018).

Career aspirations:

Working towards a Masters in Applied Psychology, allowing me to work as an IO psychologist with sports teams or businesses.

Fox
Gray
Performance Analysis and Scouting

University Education:

  • Studying at University of Canterbury - Bachelor of Sport Coaching (2017-current).

Teams worked with:

  • Canterbury Knights (HoopNation, Melbourne, Dunedin)
  • Christ’s College Senior A
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Canterbury USTNZ Tournaments

Career aspirations for future:

  • Performance Analyst for a pro level basketball team.
Ollie
O'Connell
Performance Analysis and Scouting

University Education:

  • University of Canterbury - Bachelor of Sport Coaching, Endorsed in Performance Analysis.
  • Ohio State - Masters in Sports Coaching (DNF).

Teams worked with:

  • Crusaders Rugby
  • Ohio State Basketball
  • Canterbury Knights

Career aspirations for future:

I want to be a video coordinator for an NCAA division 1 program, or work for HUDL in its product consulting team.

George
Robinson
Performance Analysis and Scouting

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.
Andrew
MacClennan
Strength/Conditioning

Andrew runs a business called Get Fast and Strong Limited. He works with athletes across a variety of sports to help their speed and strength. Andrew has worked with numerous teams and individuals like the Crusaders and Tom Walsh to help them achieve world class results. Having played basketball when he was younger to representative level Andrew has plenty of experience in basketball and uses this to help write cutting edge strength and conditioning programs to help the Rams players become the best athlete they can be.

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.

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”.

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.”

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

Management Staff

Caleb
Harrison
General Manager

Biography not provided

Ashleigh
Adamson
Operations Assistant

Biography not provided

Raewyn
Britt
Team Operations Manager

Biography not provided

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