Erik Olson has been be appointed as the new Men’s National Performance Coach on a two-year contract with basketballscotland.
The highly respected American coach will take charge of the Men’s National team Programme with immediate effect as well as working alongside new partners, the Glasgow Rocks.
Olson’s new role will see him work with those players who have the potential to play at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and players who have long term potential to represent Scotland and Great Britain.
Importantly, he will also be responsible for working with coaches and clubs who buy into our system to support their personal development where he can.
We are also looking at the additional support we can put around clubs and coaches who want to develop players to a high standard.
Olson joins basketballscotland with a vast amount of coaching experience having led teams in Iceland, Australia and the USA. He was awarded Eurobasket Icelandic Coach of the Year in 2015. In the same season, Olson’s side, FSu Academy Iceland, were also crowned 2015 Playoff Champions and won promotion to the Premier League.
As well as his domestic league experience, Olson also has a vast amount of International experience which has included roles with the Icelandic National Team and USA U18 select squad.
He is excited to hit the ground running having now completed the Visa application process: “I am most looking forward to helping lead this exciting new pathway programme that can be considered among the highest standards in Europe in regards to what we can provide and the way we can provide it.”
With the challenge of working alongside the Glasgow Rocks aligned to this new role, Olson is excited about how this can impact the game in Scotland and provide further opportunities for players across the country:
“We now have an elite model within Scotland and with the Rocks partnership we will be able to directly implement a proper training method to allow not only our young players, but also key National Team players the environment they need to develop and eventually turn into elite players themselves. To me this is not an overnight success story but a story in which we will continue to see high level players come out of the National Team and now Rocks programme for years to come.”
basketballscotland CEO, Kevin Pringle is delighted to have Erik on board and commented:
“We are pleased to welcome Erik to the team in a key role for the organisation and for the elite side of the men’s game in Scotland. Erik has a wealth of coaching experience and has a lot of exciting ideas that will help grow the game in Scotland.”
Olson will take up his role with immediate effect and will initially hold a two year contract in the build up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games which will take place in Gold Coast, Australia.