Basketball Immersion, the world’s leading basketball coach education website, is expanding, and is adding respected European coach Alex Sarama to its team.
Established in 2014, by Chris Oliver, Basketball Immersion focuses on Basketball Decision Training, and a games approach to coaching concepts. The website covers a range of basketball topics: Basketball Decision Training, Games Approach, Team Concepts, Small-Sided Games, Zero Seconds Skills Training, Philosophy and Sport Sciences. Thousands of coaches have benefited from the shared knowledge approach.
That is a major reason that Oliver wanted to bring Sarama on board. “Basketball Immersion has continued to grow as a leader in basketball coach education throughout the world. Our addition of Alex Sarama as a partner in Basketball Immersion will elevate our community, and the value it provides to unforeseen levels of sharing the game,” said Oliver.
Originally from Guildford, England, Alex Sarama began coaching basketball at the age of 14, and founded the Guildford Goldhawks club two years later. He continued to run the Goldhawks during his time studying history at the University of Nottingham, where he also coached with the school's basketball team.
Upon graduation, he was immediately hired by NBA Europe, and so began his international basketball journey—more than 30 countries and counting. As Associate Manager, International Basketball Operations, Sarama helped to grow the game, through relationships with governments, sporting federations, and communities. Sarama worked on the Jr. NBA and Basketball without Borders programs, and delivering clinic with NBA stars such as Pau Gasol, Ricky Rubio, Nikola Jokic, Jonas Valanciunas, and many others.
For the 2019-20 season, Sarama served as Technical Director of Elite Academy in Belgium, and, for the 2020-21 season, will continue to work with another European team while also employed by Basketball Immersion.
“I am so excited to join Basketball Immersion and work with Chris Oliver. Chris has had a major influence on my coaching, and I cannot wait to share the game and engage with the Immersion community,” said Sarama. Sarama's hiring is effective immediately, said Oliver, who runs Basketball Immersion, including the popular Basketball Podcast and Immersion Videos platforms.
Select Media Featuring Alex Sarama
- Hoop Heads Podcast
Alex Sarama - International Basketball Coach - Episode 309
Covered a variety of topics from observations in Europe, practice design and takeaways for youth club, high school and academy coaches.
- Shake n' Bake Podcast
S04E36 - Coach Alex Sarama
Discussed European basketball within an international and NBA context.
- The Talent Equation Podcast
How to coach the technical mechanics of the basketball shot using a constraints led approach - A conversation with Alex Sarama
Discussed constraints based approach and how these can be applied to shooting.
- The Basketball Podcast
E12 with Alex Sarama Value of 1-on-0 Drills and Adding a Defender
Asked questions, and discussed, a games approach to coaching concepts.
- Rend Spots Academy Clinic
Some of my favourite SSGs which you can use instantly with your program
Shared his favourite Small Sided Games and explains how he adds loads and progressions to each.
- Drillo Clinic
2020-01-05 - Alex Sarama Concept of Loading
Explained the concept of loading a drill and what this looks like in context.
- Svensk Basket Clinic
Jr. NBA Clinic med Alex Sarama (Malmö, 19 oktober)
Delivered a games-approach with a large group of youth players on one court (40 kids).
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