Through the tireless work of our volunteer Coaches and Managers UCD Marian Basketball Club works to constantly improve the overall coaching and playing standard of basketball within the Club and local community.
The Club through the work of our Coaching Director Sean Ingle (see bio below) and our coaches has implemented a coaching framework which is designed to manage the focus, volume and type of training applied to our players as they develop from academy all the way to adult basketball. This requires our coaches especially in the early juvenile teams to invest in player development and enjoyment rather than focus on team development and on winning games. This longer-term focus ensures all our players have the opportunity to maximise their individual basketball potential and also contributes positively to the development of the individual.
Barry Drumm Head Coach Academy – I started playing for UCD Marian at U11 in 1997 and (apart from two years I spent studying in Belfast) have been with the club ever since. I’ve played every underage age group and adult D1 and Super League. I have also coached every age group in the club from academy and D1. I was born and raised in Dublin with my brother (who also plays for Marian) and sister. I am currently a business teacher in Marian College and love my job! Philosophy My coaching philosophy is enjoyment. We should all enjoy the game whether that be playing, coaching or just watching.
Eoin Noctor – Head Coach U11 – Started as a player for UCD Marian U12. Played all levels with the Club right up to Division 1. Have previously coached the Academy, u11s, u12s, u13s, u14s, u15s, u18s, D2 and the UCD Freshers teams for a number of years. Currently run the morning session at the Club camps. Played for UCD Marian and then UCD while in college. A few years ago I returned to college and have been splitting my time between playing for University Limerick and UCD Marian and helping out coaching wherever I can. I’ve coached 5 year olds up to 35 year olds. Philosophy My philosophy for underage basketball is that everyone should get to play as much as they can so that they can play for as long as they can.
MladenCvetkovic – Head Coach U12 – Coach with UCD Marian since 2019 Born in Serbia and came to Ireland in 2000. I have been involved with coaching since 2012. I received an Intermediate Coaching Certificate from Basketball Ireland in 2015. I Coached in Meteors form 2012 to 2018, Firhouse 2018 to 2019 and have been with UCD Marian 2019-Present.
Yasmin Monks – Head Coach U13 – I have been coaching basketball 5 years. I started coaching at Club camps and coached the U11 team in 2017 and have stayed with that group. We now go into the U13 league. I started playing basketball in primary school and have been playing ever since. My club was DCU Mercy until I went to study in the University of Connecticut for a year. Came home to Dublin and have been playing with the UCD ladies team ever since. Philosophy My coaching philosophy is simple- get kids playing and enjoying basketball! My first ever coach made basketball so much fun for us and instilled a love for the sport that has lasted 20 years, so I’d like to do the same for any children I coach.
Vincent O’Connor – Head a Coach U 14 – Coaching at UCD Marian since 2016. Currently coaching U14 and playing Masters Over 60’s. From Dublin , got into basketball in boarding school. Have played / coached in UK , Cyprus, Tenerife and Switzerland as well as Ireland. Philosophy Simple coaching triangle – Training, Discipline and Motivation . First qualified as coach at Dungarvan camps in the 70’s, various other styles in different countries.
Breandan O Riain – Head Coach U15(1) – I have been coaching basketball on and off over the last 14 years. I started as a Super League player in 2011 and became a coach with UCD Marian in 2017 I am from Sandyford and got involved in basketball through St Benildus. I played underage internationally and spent a year in junior college in Kansas before coming to play at UCD on scholarship. Philosophy I wouldn’t describe myself as having specific or rigid coaching philosophy. The main objective for me is to develop the boys as individual players and teammates first. Not focused on specific positions. I have coached for over 14 years starting in camps in Ireland and the US and then coaching St Andrews College for 3 years. I spent 2 seasons with Meteors underage. I have a level 1 coaching cert from Basketball Ireland
DejanNedic – Head Coach U16 – 6 yrs, coach, Player with Master’s. From Serbia. Played on all levels, club, school, army, university. Played outdoors a lot Philosophy Ply fast and run a lot. The offence wins a game, the defence wins trophies. I hold a Level 1 coaching licnece
Jon Gleich – Assistant Coach U16 – Coaching at UCD Marian since 2015. Currently coaching U16. Have been playing basketball from an early age. Grew up outside Philadelphia and played at various levels until coming to Ireland in 2008. Found a new love for the game through coaching. Philosophy My goal is to foster a love for basketball and teamwork within the players, and help each player realize his potential.
Shane Byrne – U17 Head Coach and U18 Assistant Coach – I Started as a player in 2010. I’m a college student from Dublin. I got into basketball when I was 11, back when the club was training in the old hall in Marian College, and I’ve enjoyed the game ever since! Philosophy My coaching philosophy is game based drills where players are constantly making decisions. I believe that and an enjoyable training environment are the most important elements for developing skilled basketball players. The 2020-21 season will be my fourth year coaching with the club.
Sean Ingle – Head of UCD Marian Development and Head Coach U18 – Began my journey with UCD Marian in 2006 where I played for the U20 team when I attended UCD. Played Senior Basketball for the club at D2, D1 and Super League. Returned to the club as a coach 3 years ago coaching the U16 team and am currently into my second year as Head of Coaching Development.
Basketball has been a big part of my family for years, my dad Mark Ingle has coached at every level in the Ireland and professionally in the UK. Myself and my siblings all grew up playing basketball from a young age. I started my coaching career when I was 19 with DCU Mercy and have coached at regional and international levels. Philosophy : My overall coaching philosophy is focused on player development and preparing the players to play at the highest possible level. I hold a Level 2 coaching licence and I am currently the Head Coach of the Malahide Mens National League Team and the U15 Basketball Ireland Academies Head Coach.
Mike Brosnan – Assistant Coach U20 – Started attending the UCD Marian Academy with my 3 boys. They loved it. I began coaching and subsequently assisting the same team of boys from U12…onwards. This group enter the 2020/21 season at U20. I am From Kerry originally and played schools basketball there in the 80’s. I reconnected with Basketball through my 3 boys involvement in UCD Marian. I am also currently chairperson of the Club. I hold a Level1 coaching certificate from BI. Philosophy Fun while learning at younger age layering in competition as these young people mature. Promote a sense fairness and confidence in the individual. I have seen our players grow and mature from U12 to U20. It’s a wonderful and unique experience and hugely rewarding.
JoskoSrzic – Head Coach SuperLeague – From Belgrade, Serbia. Being involved with basketball from very young age, I have played for all the youth teams of BC Red Star Belgrade. Went on to play High School and College basketball in US after which I returned to Europe and played professionally in 8 different countries. I have been coaching for over 10 years, working as an assistant and head coach of youth and senior teams in 7 countries.
For the last 10 years I have been coaching at Hoop Talents Camps in Serbia and Croatia. Working on Individual development with Elite young basketball talents from all over the world, from which many went on to play for their countries national teams, universities or play professionally.
I come from a basketball family, with both my father and brother also working as a basketball coaches. My father has been coaching over 30 years, successfully coaching top teams in Serbia, Greece as well as eleven youth national teams. He has helped to develop many top European players who went on to play in NBA.
Kostas Tsamis – Assistant Coach UCD SuperLeague – It’s my second year with UCD and I’m loving it! Started playing in Athens, then moved to Germany, back to Greece, London and Dublin at last. In 2018 I started getting more involved with coaching as I was helping Barrow Rovers in D1 as a player/ coach.
Gareth O’Reilly – Head Coach D1 and Assistant Coach SuperLeague -I started as an underage player in 2008 before moving into a coaching role in 2015. Head coached at U16, U17, U18 level before moving into the men’s side of things taking over as D1 Head Coach last year and working as an assistant with the Super League for last three years. I got into basketball in school in Oatlands College and got my first taste of coaching during my fourth year in school. Now I am lucky enough to do it every day of the week at school, college, club, regional and international level. Over the last four years I have been assistant at the u15, u16 and now u20 international level. Also was Head Coach of the U14 Basketball Ireland East Academy last season and have been coaching at the school level with St Andrew’s College since 2015.
Lorcan Carroll- D3 Coach – Joined in 2011 playing for the U-20s. Currently player/coach of the D3 team. From Dublin. Played with Marian for a year underage then solely played schools basketball. Re-joined then club in 2011. Also played for UCD freshers and varsity teams in college. Play to have fun. And you have more fun when you’re winning