*Indian talent management company Pursuit India coordinated with the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) to arrange the visit of seasoned Australian Coach Damian Cotter. The former Australia women’s national team assistant coach conducted special training sessions with the Indian senior men’s team in Indore, in the run up to the 21st Super Kung Sheung Cup to be held in Hong Kong later this month*
Indore, 8th December, 2016: In the run up to the 21st Super Kung Sheung Cup to be held in Hong Kong later this month, the senior Indian men’s team last week benefited from the visit of Mr Damian Cotter, a seasoned professional basketball coach from Australia.
Mr Cotter was at the National Basketball Academy, located on Race Course Road, from 1st to 4th December and worked with the players and coaches through four training sessions, focusing on both offensive and defensive drills.
The visit was arranged by Pursuit India with the help of Mr Danny Kordahi of No. 1 Draft Pick Basketball Academy, a leading Australia based training academy.
Mutually beneficial experience
Sharing his opinion of the workouts, Mr Cotter said:
“I was not only impressed with the players’ talent but more importantly their work ethic and capacity to learn. You can see that they have been well coached and I look forward to watching the team results from afar.”
“I am very grateful to BFI and Pursuit for the opportunity to work with quality players and coaches, as I see potential for India to achieve success internationally at a high level.”
“Cotter’s visit was very useful. Most teams today employ the ‘horns offence’ and Cotter ran the team through a series of ‘shell drills’ that emphasizes maintaining proper defensive positions in order to counter this offence,” said Indian team Head Coach S Bhasker.
“Basketball has evolved drastically in terms of the way it is played. So visits from foreign coaches help us a lot. The entire team benefits and it is also a chance for individual players to showcase their talents in the hope of landing playing opportunities abroad,” said centre Amritpal Singh.
Vishnu Ravi Shankar, the Business Head of Pursuit, who coordinated the visit added, “Being the first such initiative of its kind, we are excited that Coach Cotter’s sessions were well received by the players and coaches alike. We thank the Basketball Federation of India for their smooth approval process. Even the local organisers were very kind and provided us good accommodation close to the venue. We definitely hope to facilitate more such camps in the future for the benefit of India Basketball and its players.”
About Damian Cotter
Current | Basketball Consultant
2013 – 2016 | Assistant Coach, Australian Opals, i.e., the Australian women’s national team (#4 ranked team in the world)
2014 – 2015 | Head Coach, Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League
2007 – 2014 | Head Coach, Institute of Sport Basketball Programme
2009 – 2013 | Head Coach of the Australian Junior Men’s Team ‘EMUS’
Damian Cotter is a former Sydney Kings coach and Australian National Women’s assistant coach. With more than 17 years of experience as a basketball coach, Cotter is highly regarded in the professional coaching arena and has a passion for teaching basketball to all ages.
For full bio visit: www.au.linkedin.com/in/damian-cotter-53a3b8120
About Pursuit India Sports & Entertainment Private Limited
Pursuit India is a talent management and scouting entity. Its aim is to find and create the right opportunities for budding athletes with the talent and potential to succeed at the international level. Through its grassroots network, Pursuit is able to spot athletic talent from a young age and help them along their playing careers, whether in India or abroad. Pursuit is headed by Vishnu Ravi Shankar and is India’s pre-eminent and pioneering agency in the basketball space.
For more information visit: www.pursuitindia.com