Experience best practices in basketball coaching by top-level international coaches from the USA, Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom.
Head Coach Daniel Szatkowski
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U14 Coach Alek Blagoevski-Trazoff
Coach Alek Blagoevski-Trazoff is our truly international basketball coach.
Alek played competitive youth basketball at the U14-18 for BC Rabotnicki in North Macedonia and the Macedonian Youth National Team. He started his coaching career in the mid-90s when he worked with both the Men’s and Women’s college teams for a Sports Olympiad Tournament for two years in a row.
As a youth coach, Alek has worked in the United States with a U12 boys’ team, competing in a North Virginia basketball league; with a Varsity Girls Basketball team in an international school in Sao Paulo, Brazil; he also implemented a community basketball development program, held basketball clinics, day camps and skills improvement workshops there. He briefly coached a Boys Varsity Team in an international school in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Coach Alek currently holds a license from Basketball England and has previously been licensed by the North Macedonian National Basketball Federation and USA Basketball. He also was certified by the National Federation of State High School Associations as a basketball coach. Last season Coach Alek came in at the start of the second half of the season and coached the London Elite U16 Boys with Coach Mauro. He helped the team win all the regular season games and win the promotion to the Premier Division.
Coach Alek is currently the Head Coach for the London Elite U14 Boys Team which will compete in the Premier Division of the National Basketball League in the 2022/23 season.
U16 Coach Mauro Salvatore Di Nunzio
Mauro started his career as basketball coach very young, at 18 years old, in Italy as First Assistant Coach/Video Analyst in Italy of the Men’s and Youth Programme. The Men’s team, Virtus Pozzuoli, competed in the Italian 3rd Division reaching the finals in the first year.
His journey continued in London for a Master’s degree and he continued coaching his Alma Mater, University of Westminster, as Head Coach of the 2nd team and as Assistant Coach of the First t
Team. In the first year, Mauro led the Second Team to promotion in the BUCS League.
Mauro has also helped as an assistant coach of the Basketball England Aspire programme for the London Region, where he won the Aspire Programme Tournament with the U13 Boys.
As London Elite Coach he is leading the U16 team in the EYBL: European Youth Basketball League and competed and won the Basketball England Conference League.
U18 Coach Kieran Matthews
Coach Kieran played professionally at a young age, and started coaching young as well. Bringing ten years of elite athlete development, Kieran is one of the top youth development coaches in the country with multiple playoff appearances, championships and NCAA products.
Boasting a masters in international sports management, a certification as a strength and conditioning, and nutrition coach, Kieran offers a wide range of expertise.
Being a dual sport athlete, Kieran has NCAA/ equivalent experience in both basketball and American football. Very few understand the American sports system as well as Kieran and he is well connected in the world of sport both domestically and internationally.
Men's Coach Sam Stiller
One of the most accomplished players and coaches in history of British Basketball, Coach Sam Stiller is in charge of our men’s team competing in division 2.
Coach Stiller had a pro career that spanned over two decades both domestically and in Israel, whilst also representing England and Great Britain internationally. During his playing career in UK with Cadburys Boost Kingston he had a chance to compete against powerhouses like Barcelona, Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow or Maccabi Tel-Aviv. He is known as one of greatest shooters that UK ever produced.
After retiring from playing, Sam eventually got into coaching, where he helped take NASSA from Division 4 to Division 1 from 2010-2013, whilst picking up three consecutive Coach of the Year Awards, and then picking up another one in 2016-17 with London Westside. Coach Stiller then moved to Israel where he worked at HAPOEL Nesher.
The summer of 2021 saw Sam return to the UK and we are truly fortunate to have the services of such an experienced coach to help us build the Men’s side of our basketball program.