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At Barking Abbey we pride ourselves in having one of the strongest off court teams in the United Kingdom. Experience in English, European and American basketball.

Barking Abbey Academy Director, Mark Clark most recently coached the Great Britain Senior Women team, winning promotion in 2006-07 from Division B to Division A of the European Championships. Mark is an England Basketball Senior Coach. He has coached female National teams at U16, U18, U19 and Senior level as well as coaching England to the Commonwealth Championship Gold Medal in 1991 and was the Assistant Coach for the Bronze Medal winning team in 2006. Mark has coached in the professional Men’s British Basketball League (BBL), an Assistant Coach when the London Leopards won back to back national titles and the National Cup.

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Current GB U20 Assistant Coach James Vear joined Barking Abbey in the 2014-15 season, bringing a wealth of international experience with him. Having started coaching with Sevenoaks Suns, he stayed there four years before taking over Medway Park Crusaders’ academy and semi-pro team, helping them gain promotion to NBL Division 1. James would then move to Canada to take up a lead assistant role at Dalhousie University before taking a lead assistant position with the Great Britain under 20 Mens in the summer, helping them gain promotion to Division A in his first year.
James was then offered his first pro coaching job in Denmark with the Aalborg Vikings Basketball Club, where he picked up Coach of the Year while leading them to a team record for wins and their first playoff appearance.

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Current U16 England Girls National Team coach Karen Burton joins Barking Abbey after six seasons as the head coach of the Nottingham Wildcats team in women’s EBL Division One. The National Cup Runners Up, Wildcats finished the 2011/12 season in 4th place reaching the final four play-offs before losing to league champion UWIC Archers. As the head coach of the England u16 Junior National Team, Karen led the first England girls team to achieve promotion to the A Division of the European Championships with a 2nd place finish in the 2011 B Division tournament in Romania.

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Former Academy Student, Rikki Broadmore, joined the coaching staff in 2009 after sustaining a knee injury whilst playing. Rikki was a member of the academy from 2005-2008 in which he participated in three Interperformances cup competitions, two National Schools Finals and the Sabonis cup in Kaunas, Lithuania. Rikki is the lead coach for the U14 Barking Abbey School team that has won back to back National Schools Titles in 2010 and 2011.

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Liburd, a former student at BA was an assistant to Clark on the WBBL squad from 2014-16, before departing for the Head Coach role at Oaklands Wolves in their inaugural season in the WBBL. He returned to BA for the 2017-18 season to re-join Clark on the sidelines. Liburd becomes another member of the Barking Abbey coaching staff with National Team experience, currently assisting with the Great Britain Under-16 Women, along with heading up the East Region Performance Centre for the Under-15 and Under-13 girls. He graduated from BA in 1998, and has spent the majority of his coaching career in the US, most recently heading up the Tennessee Temple women’s basketball programme for five years from 2009-2014.

Diana Naydenova-Goryanova joins the coaching staff for the 2017-18 season after announcing her retirement from playing following a distinguished 28 year career. Having signed her first professional contract at 15, and then going on to win a championship and receive an invite to the Bulgarian Senior Women’s National Team that same season. An impressive career saw the 5’7″ guard winning multiple national championships and cups in both Bulgaria and Croatia – where she spent the majority of her career – with the likes of Lokomotive Sofia, Montana Bulgaria, Dunav Ruse and Marica Plovidiv. She also had success in inter-continental competition, winning two Adriatic League titles with Croatian side ŽKK Gospić, and also had stints in Macedonia, Italy and Austria. Naydenova-Goryanova has played in multiple EuroBaskets (2005, 2009), and represented Bulgaria at the Junior World Championships in 1993.

Duncan Ogilvie is the Head Strength and Conditioning coach at Barking Abbey, working exclusively with the students on the basketball program. A former International basketball player, Duncan played professionally in Spain, France and the UK in an eight year pro career after graduating from Drury University in the United States. Duncan is certified through the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) as a Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He has a Masters Degree in Sports Science from the University of Manchester as well as being a qualified TRX and Kettlebell instructor.

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