ABBA MAKES EARLY PREPARATIONSMonday 30th July 2012
The President of the Antigua/Barbuda Basketball Asso-ciation, Mr. Jules Bowen, has beendemonstrating his committee’s determination in having the sport of basket-ball grow to new levels. Not since the 80’s and 90’s has a resurgence of talent been dominant in Antigua/Barbuda basketball.
As such, the Antigua/Barbuda Basketball Association seems to be leading the way of showing the proper ap-proach to national sports organization. Since 2010, the ABBA, has scrapped the arbitrary way of selecting its coaching and management staff, unlike many other associations which continue to strive on friendship, favoritism and cliques in the selection proc-ess.
The Antigua/Barbuda Basketball Association, over the last two to three years, has been advertising in the me-dia for suitable qualified persons, for the positions of head coach and assistant coach. The ABBA takes the view that just the way a player can earn his/her position on the National team by demonstrating his/her talent and professionalism during the season, so should the coach.
In its 2012 advertisement for a head coach for early preparation of the National Basketball Team, three local coaches applied for the position, including Erwin (Wanga) Armstrong, George Hughes and Craig (Impe) Anthony. At a press conference on Tuesday night, July 24, at the ABBA Head-quarters, President of ABBA announced that Mr. Craig (Impe) Anthony was given the nod as the new Head Coach for the National Team.
Craig Anthony has been the most successful coach in the ABBA basketball programs, winning at least eight Play-off Championships and ten (10) League titles with the Baldwin Spencer Braves. Anthony’s resumé also re-veals a level 3 coaching certificate. According to Bowen, Anthony has proven to be one of the most dedicated coaches in Antigua/Barbuda.
Meanwhile, Secretary of ABBA, Ms. Arlene Josiah, an-nounced a 40 member squad including 3 Barbudans, for a truly National team to start training August 18, 2012.
The squad comprises of youth and experience includ-ing: Semi-Pro Players: Lennox McCoy and Kurt Looby; College Players: Kavarie Francis, Shariff Seargent, Toray Henry-Manwarren, Gerard Gore, Raviel Burton; Local League Players: Chaz Samuel, hillip John, Darnell Azielle, Damien Floyd, Leroy Percival, Vivian (Boast) Destin, Kareem Edwards, Stellon Braithwaite, Xavier Meade, George Francis, Lindsay McDonald, Lawson Kirby, Marion Davis, Rodney John, Decastro Walbrook, Shamarie Southwell, Raymond Dickenson, Coy Quin-land, Quincy Durand, Cohen Desouza, Terry Roberts, Er-ril Quallis, Zuri Nesbitt, Devon Benjamin, Jules Williams, Bryan (Hollywood) Matthew, Neville Martin, Shawn Tho-mas, Kelvin Simon, Eric Henry, Sheldon Abrams, Jamaul Williams and Daryl Goodwin.
Also revealed at the ABBA Press Conference was the de-cision by the Executive to appoint Coach Mike Marquis of Iowa as the Technical Director to the National squad. Coach Marquis has so far given his acceptance of the voluntary position to assist the ABBA in this regard.
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