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Coach Jerome Jack takes top coach honours

Coach Jack with trophy and team

“The key things I tell my players is hard work

beats talent, if you want to succeed in basketball you have to love the game and be committed and dedicated.”

That’s the philosophy of Coach Jerome Jack, who runs the Greenhouse Sports basketball programme at Quintin Kynasten (QK) in North West London and was

named London Basketball Association’s Coach of the Year for the 2015/16 season.

“Throughout the season, Coach Jack’s players consistently cited him as being ‘more than a coach’ in interviews.” said London Basketball Association, about the honour. “Coach

Jack has consistently demonstrated great passion and respect for the game and his players, and his team’s on-court results certainly show it.”

To celebrate the award, Coach Jack’s school QK dedicated a school newsletter to him, where they describe a day in the life of the coach. 

“A typical day for Coach Jack begins at 7.30am where QK’s hardiest students burst into the sports hall for a focused training session. Most of the students agree that it’s a great way to start their day. The early morning training session is followed up with a healthy and nutritious breakfast in the diner as part of QK’s daily breakfast offer to all students and students arrive to their first lesson with sense of accomplishment and a spring in their step!

Not just an early start for Coach Jack but also a long day: he

is often one of the last members of staff to leave as sessions and fixtures keep students active until 6.30pm. In between morning and after school coaching sessions, Coach Jack implements a range of training sessions with specific groups and he also spends a considerable amount of time mentoring and supporting his students across a number of their core subject lessons. Coach keeps the mantra of ‘Student Athlete’ at the foundation of what he does

and, as a result, he shows almost every time that he can have his charges believing in themselves and being at their best when it counts – on the court and increasingly across the

whole school community.”

For Coach Jack, this award has been a highlight of his coaching career. In reflecting on the season, he said: “It has been a great year coaching the U16s Boys team – we have had our ups and downs but mainly ups. I

entered the U16s team in the LBA college league so they could gain experience playing against older players. We ended up finishing 2nd in the league which was unexpected, but was definitely a confidence boost for them all.I will miss this group as they will all move up to 6th form, but I know that they will continue to do well.”