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Maria Vasilaki takes on National League role! 


The 2014-15 season is set to be a very exciting year for the Collliers as player's have improved from the clubs first year in competition and this is the case so much more for our under 16 cadet men who have progressed into the Scottish National League. This is an incredibly difficult job for the players in there second year and any coach. We are however delighted to announce that we have the right coach for the job!


We caught up with Maria Vasilaki for a short interview and here is what he had to say:


Maria first of all welcome to the club! How do you feel about the coaching role?

I’m very happy to be part of the club. It’s a great challenge to play NL with a young team, but looking forward to it.


How do you feel the 2014/15 season will go?

It’s going to be a tough season as we are new to NL but it’s all about getting experience this year and improving the skills of the players.


From past experience what positive do you think you will bring the Colliers cadet men?

Positive attitude towards basketball. Basketball, as everything in life, requires dedication and commitment. At the same time as coaches we have responsibility to remember that basketball is a hobby and the players need to have fun and enjoy the experience, so they’ll stay active through their lives.


I’m a performance coach and my goal is to develop the players and the team. To provide the players with a better understanding about the game.


What has most impressed you so far from the team?

The commitment of the players and their desire to develop. They all work hard, put a lot of effort in practice and have a very positive attitude.


What advice would you give to any young players out there who want to improve as a basketball player?

Work hard. Do not use excuses. A player who wants to improve always finds the time and space to do it.


What advice would you give to any young coaches out there who want to improve as a basketball coach?

Take every opportunity to develop yourself as a coach. The game changes constantly. The day you‘ll think you know it all, go home and do something else.


Any further comments?

I would like to thank Ross Hutton for giving me this opportunity and supporting me since day 1. I’m very thankful to be part of a club that has such a positive environment. 

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