Basketball Ireland Performance Conference announced
November 24, 2020
Basketball Ireland is delighted to announce the Basketball Ireland Performance Conference in association with Pinergy, the official energy partner to Basketball Ireland. It will be hosted this Saturday, 28th November from 11am – 3pm.
Basketball Ireland will have a range of talks available online. The talks will feature experts in their field, discussing topics that affect performance at both elite and grassroots levels. Each talk will be in a panel format and will last 30 minutes.
Topics will include psychology, nutrition, skill development, high-performance culture and more. Guests will include top minds from Irish basketball and the wider world of Irish sport including Munster Rugby’s Head Performance Analyst George Murray and top football coach Lisa Fallon.
The event will be capped off with interviews with both Jay Larranaga and Susan Moran.
Larranga is a former Irish international and is currently the lead assistant coach with the Boston Celtics. Jay will be discussing how to build a high-performance culture.
Moran is Ireland’s only ever WNBA player and is now the Player Development Coach at St. Joseph’s University. She will be discussing how to balance team and player development.
Basketball Ireland Head of Development Ciaran O’Sullivan will kick off the day with his session on ‘Reconceptualising Youth Player Development’ taking place at 11am. Speaking about the conference, Ciaran said:
“Over the last number of weeks, Basketball Ireland staff members have been busy catching up with experts from around the world to discuss and cover a whole host of interesting topics. These experts are delighted to exchange views on conversations that shape both performance and participation, we hope the basketball community enjoy the day full of insightful conversations.”
All discussions will be available to watch on Basketball Irelands’ YouTube and Facebook channel which is available here.
See below the full running order of the day:
11am - Reconceptualising Youth Player Development
Host: Ciaran O’Sullivan - Basketball Ireland Head of Development.
Guest 1: Brian McCormick, PhD.
Brian is a former professional and college basketball coach who has written numerous books on skill acquisition and advantage-based basketball. Having worked in Ireland, Denmark and Sweden, Brian knows the European game and has coached both males and females. Brian has sold over 23,000 books on basketball skill development.
Guest 2: Mark O’Sullivan
Mark O'Sullivan is Head of Youth development (8-12) and part of the Research and Development department at Swedish Hallam University. He has published a significant amount of research papers that capture his work both as a coach, academic and researcher. Mark has also consulted for the Canadian Soccer Association on coach education, helping build their new evidence-based Children's license (launched 2019) and also for the British Columbia Soccer Association on disabled football. While football is his main area of interest, he has also consulted and gave workshops on coaching and coach education in basketball, Floorball, Golf, Figure Skating and Tennis.
1130am - Strength And Conditioning Principles In Basketball
Host: Niall Berry – Basketball Ireland Development Officer and Portlaoise Panthers Head Coach
Guest 1: Peder Madsen
Peder is the Head of Athletic Development for Basketball Ireland and is a former Irish International. He also is a co-founder of MG Corporate Wellness.
Guest 2: Kevin Foley
Kevin is Head of Athletic Development for the National teams. Kevin is also a former Irish International.
Guest 3: Kevin Mulcahy
Kevin is a movement expert based in Cork who is recognized as an expert in the field.
Guest 4: Eanna Rutherford
Eanna has an MSc in Human Performance and is a former strength and conditioning coach with the Houston Rockets in the NBA. Eanna plays basketball for Glasnevin and previously played Super League with Swords Thunder.
1200 - Increasing Your Win % Through Performance Analysis
Host: Niall McDermott - Basketball Ireland North West Development Officer and LYIT Donegal. Niall worked on video analysis for the Irish U16 women last year.
Guest 1: George Murray
George is the Head Performance Analyst for Munster Rugby and has been a member of the IRFU’s high-performance department since 2009.
Guest 2: Paul Kelleher
Paul is the Irish U18 Men’s Coach and has been a successful coach in both the Men’s and Women’s Super Leagues.
1230 – Sports Nutrition
Host: Paul Carr – Basketball Ireland Leinster Development Officer
Guest 1: Hannah Thornton
Hannah runs Next Generation Health and is a Nutrition and Performance Consultant. Hannah also is a member of the Senior Women’s Irish basketball team, a league winner with DCU Mercy and works with the underage Irish squads.
Guest 2: Lauren Delaney
Lauren is a former basketball player who currently plays rugby for Sale Sharks and Ireland. Lauren has her a performance nutrition consultancy, LVD Performance Nutrition and previously worked for the English Institute of Sport as the performance nutritionist at different times for British Cycling, British Badminton, British Swimming and more.
1300 – Getting Recruited To Play Abroad
Host: Matt Hall - Head of Technical Development at Basketball Ireland and UL Sport Eagles coach
Guest 1: Paul Cummins
Paul is the owner of Sports Dream Academy. He is a former NCAA Division 1 scholarship player at Lafayette and Irish international
Guest 2: Drew Dawson
With nearly a decade of NCAA Division I coaching experience, Drew coached Paul for several seasons at Lafayette and currently coaches in the prep school system. Drew has helped numerous Irish and international players go to college in the states.
1330 – Coaching The Female Athlete
Host: Patrick O’Neill - Former Irish underage women’s coach and current coach of Ulster University and Basketball Ireland Development Officer for Northern Ireland.
Guest 1: Deirdre Brennan
Deirdre is one of the most recognizable coaches in Irish basketball and has experience coaching both men and women at the top level. Deirdre also lectures in the Ulster University’s Sports Studies department.
Guest 2: Esther Goldsmith
Esther works for the Sligo based sports science company Orreco. She has a Masters in Sports Science and works as part of the Orreco’s female athlete’s team. Orreco are one of the world leaders in bio-analytics and they currently work with clients across many of the world’s top professional leagues including the NBA. They were credited with being a major influence on the 2018 USA Women’s World Cup-winning team, particularly in the management of training loads based on menstrual cycles.
Guest 3: Lisa Fallon
Lisa is a UEFA licensed coach who was the first female to ever coach a men’s first team in Ireland. She has extensive experience managing in the UK and has experience coaching both men and women at the top level in Ireland and the UK. Lisa is also a regular pundit on RTE’s football coverage.
1400 – Sports Psychology Implementation In Basketball
Host: Louise O’Loughlin, Chief Operations Officer in Basketball Ireland
Guest 1: Ciara Losty
Ciara is a lecturer in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology in WIT. She has worked with Ireland’s Olympians in the past and is currently helping several athletes prepare for Tokyo 2021.
Guest 2: Martin McGettrick
Martin has a FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate, has coached at national and international level and is currently the Basketball Ireland Girl’s Academy Head Coach.
1430 – Creating A High-Performance Culture
Host: Matt Hall – Basketball Ireland Head of Technical Development and Head Coach UL Sport Eagles
Guest: Jay Larranaga
Jay is a former Irish head coach and captain who has played professionally for twelve years in Europe’s top leagues. He is currently the Boston Celtics lead assistant coach.
1500 – Balancing Player And Team Development
Guest: Susan Moran (now Lavin)
Susan is a Basketball Ireland Hall of Famer and the only Irish born player ever to reach the WNBA. She is currently the Director of Player Development at St. Joseph’s University her alma mater.
In case you missed it, watch back our Behind the Ball interview with former Limerick Sport Huskies, Irish Rugby and Kerry GAA star, Louise Galvin.