Coaching-StaffAt Barking Abbey we pride ourselves in having one of the strongest off court teams in the United Kingdom, with experience in English, European and American basketball.

Barking Abbey Academy Director, Mark Clark, previously coached the Great Britain Senior Women’s 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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Former Junior International player, Lloyd Gardner, has worked at Barking Abbey for ten years. Gardner is a former member of the Great Britain Senior Women’s coaching staff with responsibility for game scouting and has worked with the England U16 Men’s team. He has considerable international experience having working European camps including the Nike Without Borders Camp and takes a lead role on the placement of Barking Abbey students in US universities. Lloyd was selected as the EBL Division One coach of the year in 2015/16 after leading the Kent Crusaders to a 4th place finish in the league and the Playoff Championship.

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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, 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 Men 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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Former U16 England Girls and Great Britain U20 National Team head coach Karen Burton joined 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 second place finish in the 2011 B Division tournament in Romania.

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Former Barking Abbey 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 spent 4 years on staff with the England U16 Girls program between 2011 and 2015 as the team’s Performance Analyst, helping them gain promotion from B Division to A Division at the European Championships on two separate occasions.

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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.

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Duncan Ogilvie, the Head Strength and Conditioning coach at Barking Abbey, combines his role alongside being head of strength and conditioning for Basketball England/AASE. He works exclusively at BA 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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Lisa has recently finished her MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration) degree from King’s College London after initially completing her BSc (hons) Sports Therapy degree from the University of Hertfordshire. As part of her Sports Therapy degree she had the opportunity to complete a placement year in a Sports Injury Clinic in Sydney, Australia as well as working with a professional basketball team in New Zealand for the NZNBL 2010 season. Following this she has worked as head Sports Therapist within numerous sports such as football, rugby union, rugby league and basketball ranging from professional to semi-professional clubs. Lisa also gained invaluable experience working for the Australian Women’s rugby world cup team – ‘the Wallaroo’s’ for the 2010 IRB Rugby World Cup. As well as working for Barking Abbey Lisa also works as a physiotherapist for Colchester United Academy covering weekend games and summer tours. Lisa is responsible for functional movement screening, fitness testing, injury assessment, treatment of injuries, rehabilitation and prehabilitation/prevention programmes.