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Coaches

Neal Hopkins - Head Coach / Programme Leader

Neal Hopkins is the founder and Programme Leader of the Myerscough College Basketball Academy. Neal is a 2008 graduate of the University of Central Lancashire and is a UKCC Level 4 Coach. He is a two-time Elite Academy Basketball (EABL) Conference Coach of the Year award recipient (2014-15, 2015-16) where he’s amassed a 44-7 record over four years. Three players have been named Conference Player of the Year under the direction of the former Manchester Giants assistant coach. Hopkins has a half decade of British Basketball League (BBL) experience, as well head coaching experience in Basketball England’s National League 1 and with the North West Regional Performance Centre.

Troy Culley - Academy Coach

Troy Culley is in entering his second year as head coach of the Myerscough College Division 3 team. Troy, who is a 2016 graduate of the University of Kent with a degree in Sports and Exercise Science, also serves as an assistant on the EABL coaching staff. He’s previously been head coach of the Kent Crusaders U14 Boys, the South East Regional Performance Centre and South West Regional Development Team (U13s, U15s and U17s). Troy was an apprentice with the England Under-16 Men’s National Team and an assistant with the Kent Crusaders in 2015-16. The former Torbay Tiger is currently working towards a postgraduate degree in Elite Coaching from UCLan.

Mike Bernard - Academy Coach

Michael Bernard is beginning his second season as head coach of the Myerscough College Under-18s, which coincide with duties as an assistant on the EABL coaching staff. Prior to accepting a position at Myerscough, Bernard had a storied professional career that began in 2002 and spanned 12 different clubs across Europe. A 2002 graduate of the University of Southern Florida, he spent two years at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas. Bernard learned his trade as a junior with the Manchester Giants from 1994-98.

Julie Page - Girls Programme Director / Head Coach

Julie Page is the Girls Programme Director at Myerscough College and head coach of the Women’s Elite Academy Basketball League (WEABL) and Girls Under-18 teams. Julie was the Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year in 2004 and named to the First Team All-Conference in 2006 during her three-year career at Eastern Washington University. As a professional, she played in Germany, Italy, France, Poland and the United Kingdom. Julie helped lead Great Britain to a place in the EuroBaskt Women Finals before competing in the 2012 Olympics held in London. She has also received the esteemed honour of British Basketball Player of the Year.

Alex Hodgson - Head of Strength & Conditioning

Alex Hodgson serves as Myerscough College Basketball Academy’s Strength & Condition Coach. Alex is a graduate of UCLan where he is now completing a Masters degree in Sports Therapy. Originally from Wollongong, Australia, he uses his passion for basketball and knowledge of sports performance to help develop our athletes physically within the Academy. Alex played basketball in various countries including Australia, Spain and the United Kingdom prior to joining the Myerscough staff.

Nicholas McCarthy - Sports Therapist

Nick McCarthy is Myerscough’s Sports Therapist. Nick worked up from a Sports Therapist in the national league structure and previously spent five years as head therapist in the British Basketball League with the Mersey Tigers and Manchester Giants. Throughout his career with the England National Team, Nick has worked with under-18 and under-17 men’s teams. He is currently the Sports Therapist with the England U17 Development Squad and Great Britain’s U20 men’s team.