OUR COACHING TEAM

A modest bunch they are!

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Josh Prentice

Qualifications:

 

Level 3 Coach, BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching, Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence, Qualified Teacher Status

Coaching Experience:

 

7 years National League experience at all age groups, Head Coach of Essex County (2019 U13 ICT Champions), East of England RPC & Aspire Coach (2015-2018)

Role in Rockets:

 

Director of Basketball, Men's 1st Team Player Coach, Junior Men Head Coach

Biography:

 

Coach Josh Prentice is the founder of Southside Rockets Basketball Club. He is very passionate about the mentorship of our youth and the positive impact sport can have on child development. He is also an avid student of the game. He works full-time as a PE Teacher at St Thomas More High School in Westcliff. As a boy, Coach Prentice was more into rugby and athletics as a teenager, representing Essex County in both sports and competing at the World Schools Athletics Championships in 2013. Coach Prentice is known for his nurturing relationships with players, work ethic and ambition.

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Reece Gunn

Qualifications:

 

Level 2 Coach, BSc (Hons) in Sports Studies

Experience:

 

3 years National League experience with U14 and U16 Boys, Head Coach of Essex County (2019 U13 Girls ICT Champions), East of England RPC & Aspire Coach (2016-2018)

Role in Rockets:

 

Assistant Director of Basketball, Men's 2nd Team Player Coach, U16 Boys Head Coach

Biography:

 

Coach Reece Gunn is a well established and highly respected member of the Rockets community. Since joining the club in 2016 he has acted in several different roles, culminating in his ascension to Assistant Director of Basketball. He is hardworking and models the level of commitment required to make it as a Rocket. He is currently completing his teacher training at Eastwood Academy, where he won two Essex Cup basketball titles as a student. Coach Gunn played National League basketball for NASSA and Southend Swifts. Coach Gunn is known for his attention to detail, high standards and consistency..

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Jake Ashdown

Qualifications:

 

Level 2 Coach, BSc (Hons) in Sports Science, Level 3 Personal Trainer, Level 3 Gym Instructor
 

Experience:

 

2 years National League experience with U14 Boys
 

Role in Rockets:

 

Media, Marketing and Branding Manager, Men's 3rd Team Player Coach, U14 Boys Head Coach

Biography:

 

Coach Jake Ashdown is a talented and promising coach with a wealth of experience in different sporting sectors. Coach Ashdown is a methodical man that gives his all in everything he turns his attention to. He is the owner of Apex Coaching, as well as being Group Training Manager at Energie Fitness in Southend. His sporting background lies primarily in athletics, where his speciality was the long jump. Coach Ashdown is known for his organisation skills, detailed planning and clear communication skills.

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