Coaches Corner: Andreas Kapoulas

In the latest in our Coaches Corner series, we sit down with SGS College’s Head Coach, Andreas Kapoulas.

1) How did you first get into coaching? Did you used to play, if so for who/at what level?
I got into Coaching when I came to England to study at Bath University. I used to play in Greece at national league level and was involved with the Greek national team programme however I knew my true call was with coaching

2) How was your transition into coaching? What were the biggest difficulties at first?
The transition to coaching came natural to me because I always had an interest in team tactics and fundamentals however oving from player to coach is always a challenge as you need to think about the whole team and ensure everyone is part of what you are doing

3) What is your biggest career coaching achievement to date?
Representing with the national team is one of the biggest honours you can have and I am really proud that I have been able to do this with the England U15s, England U16s and the GB U20s. Working also with the Bristol Flyers over the last 11 years we have had much success and this past season in the BBL it was great to secure a playoff spot in our first year. However my biggest achievement is what we have achieved at the SGS College basketball academy and the number of students we have secured scholarship in the States. Helping our players to follow their dream is by far my biggest coaching achievement.

4) What is the best part of your job?
Working with young players who want to get better and help them achieve their goals and dreams

5) What is the worst part of your job?
I really love my job, sometimes you have to do certain things, paperwork, travel long hours etc however its all worth it. Coaching is a way of life and I am very lucky to be able to do what I love as my job.

6) Who have been the biggest influences on your coaching career and why/what did they teach you?
My philosophy has been shaped over a number of years of attending clinics, reading books, watching games and I constantly try to educate myself further. I was able to also work with a number of coaches and I do not want to single out anyone because everyone has really given me something and helped me to become a better Coach. The learning process is continuous.

7) What is your coaching philosophy?
Basketball is a great game and I think you can teach so many things that will help and shape young athletes. Here at SGS me and my colleague Guy Coles really like to teach the values of hard work, discipline and cooperation. Giving everything you have to achieve a common goal is something very special and can help athletes in all aspects of their life. It’s a day to day process and it’s important to reinforce the message constantly in a consistent manner

8) What advice would you have for young aspiring players?
Work hard on your skill and understanding of the game, listen to your coaches and strive every day to be the best version of yourself

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