New Basketball Coach

East Durham College are delighted to announce that students, enrolled at their Basketball Development Centre, will benefit from the experience and expertise of a leading new coach.

Andrew Nyeko, known as Drw, was recently appointed as the new coach for the College’s basketball programme through the partnership with the Tees Valley Mohawks.

Drw, 31, from London, is currently studying for a MA in Education at London Metropolitan University, but will be moving to Durham to coach at East Durham College Basketball Development Centre and the Tees Valley Mohawks Club, giving up other opportunities to coach in London.

Drw previously lived in Middlesbrough when he played for the Tees Valley Mohawks from 2003 to 2005 - and was part of their successful team that won the National League 1 title.

Drw has just received the accolade of the Volunteer England Gold Award, which is the only national student volunteering award that recognises achievement, dedication and leadership within further and higher education. This award is a prestigious mark of excellence in student volunteering.

Tony Hanson, Head of the Tees Valley Mohawks, said: “I think it is very important that we secured someone of this calibre because both the Club and the College deserve coaching of the highest standard. I’m thrilled to have Drw on-board, he’ll be a great role model to everyone he works with.”

Drw commented: “I’ve racked up over 250 volunteer hours running student leadership programmes and study skills workshops. I’ve also set up a virtual learning programme that allows students to learn from video lessons.

“I’ve been coach people all my life, on and off the court, it comes really naturally to me. Coaching is my passion and I’m excited to have the opportunity to pass on my expertise to young players”.

Rose Fraser, Sports Development Officer at the College, added: “We are thrilled that our students will benefit from the experience of being coached by Drw, this will really help to position our Basketball Development Centre as the best in the region.

If you’d like more details about the College’s Basketball Development Centre or Community Basketball programme please call Rose Fraser on 0191 518 5565.