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Deirdre Tozer – Hayes

General Manager

Coaching Honours:

Team Northumbria Women’s Head Coach (2004 – 2012), University of Northumbria Women’s Head Coach (2000 – 12), Tyne & Wear Women’s Head Coach (1994 – 2004), South Tyneside Women’s Head Coach (1992 – 94), English Universities Women’s Head Coach (2002 – 2007), Great Britain Universities Head Coach in Four Countries Competition (2001 – 2), England Under 18 Women’s Head Coach (2005 – 2009), Great Britain World University Assistant Coach (2004-5), North East Girls Region Performance Centre Head Coach  (2004 – 5),  EB National League Division 1 Coach of the Year (2010 – 11), EB National League Division 2 North Coach of the Year (2005 – 6), Sport Newcastle Coach of the Year (2000 – 1), Sport Northumbria Team of the Year (2005 – 6), Sport Northumbria Coach of the Year (2005 – 6), Sport Northumbria Co-Team of the Year (2006 – 7), Sport Northumbria Dedicated to Sport Award

Playing Honours;

16 years Professional Basketball Player,


American born Deirdre Tozer – Hayes is in her 14th year with the Eagles organisation. In her role within the Foundation she has worked as development officer, development manager and is currently the general manager. Deirdre came to England as a professional player with South Tyneside Women’s basketball Club after attending the University of Vermont and then coaching at Ohio University.  Deirdre became player – coach and lead the club as head coach for 20 years before retiring from coaching in 2012.  The original club is the current Team Northumbria Women’s Basketball Team which competes in the England Basketball National League.  Deirdre has led Northumbria University to 12 consecutive appearance at BUCS Final 8’s including winning the championship in 2007.   Tozer – Hayes has international experience as England U18 Women coach  and Great Britain World University Games



Ian MacLeod

Coaching Honours:

Level 3 Advanced Coach, North East Regional Coach for 4 years, England U15 for 2 years, Regional Performance Centre Head Coach (GB / EB pathway pathway) – Gateshead College Academy Head Coach 3 years, South Tyneside Basketball Club (ECF) 8 years – Newcastle Eagles School of Excellence 8 years – Newcastle Eagles II (EBL Division 4) and Newcastle Eagles BBL assistant coach


In recent years Ian McLeod has built a strong resume in the world of performance basketball, including Head Coach at Eagles School of Excellence, EB Regional Performance Centre Head Coach and supporting the England U15 programme, whilst carrying out his main role with Eagles Community Foundation and his head coach role at Gateshead College Sports Academy. His commitments also stretch to running the successful South Tyneside Basketball Club, completing his view of all parts of the player pathway in the North East. Ian is an ex pupil of Benfield School and a graduate of Sunderland University.


Marc Steutel

Playing Honours:

Under 16’s North of England Team, Under 18’s England National (13 Caps International Caps), East Durham Academy player of the year 2002, BCS National College Finals – Winners – 2001 & 2002, Under 19’s English Schools Runners Up, England Basketball Final Fours Runners Up, St Mary’s Memorial, Ohio, USA, Captain, East Durham Academy Senior Men’s, EBL 3 North Division Winners, EBL 3 Playoff Runners Up, England Universities 2003-2007, Solent Stars EBL1 & Southampton Solent University (Full Scholar) 200, Team Northumbria 2008 – 2011, Captain – Lead EBL 2 in 3pt % 2009 / 2010

Coach Honours:
Newcastle Eagles School of Excellence 2007-2010, Under 18 Conference Winners,
Tyne Metropolitan College Head Coach 2008 – Current, Men’s North East Regional Winners 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, Women’s North East Regional Winners, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, Men’s National Finals Placings, 7th, 5th, 4th, 2nd & 2nd, Women’s National Final Placings 8th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd & 3rd, Men’s Northern Elite League Winners2011
Northumbria University Men’s Head Coach 2011 – Current, EBL Division 2 League Winners 2012, EBL Division 2 Playoff Winners 2012, BUCS Final 8’s 4th Placed Finish 2012 (Highest Ever Finish), EBL Division 1 3rd Placed Finish 2013, EBL 1 Final Fours 2013
*England Basketball Coach of the Year EBL 2 2012
*England Basketball Coach of the Year EBL 1 2013
Newcastle Eagles BBL Assistant Coach 2010
Great Britain Under 20’s Second Assistant Coach 2013 – Current, European Championships Runners Up (Silver Medal) Division B, promoted to Division A
England Universities Head Coach 2012-2013, Home Nations Tournament Winners 2012
England Under 17’s Head Coach 2011 – 2013, Cherbourg International Tournament 5th Place 2012, Haris Tournament 2012 6th Place
FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate Candidate 2013 – 2015 (6th person in UK)
North East Regional Under 17’s Head Coach 2009 – 2012, 6th Place Finish 2012, All England Regional Coach Award 2012
North East Area Performance Centre Head Coach 2009 – 2011
North East Area Performance Coaching Co-ordinator 2011 – 2013
STRIVE Coaching Project Member 2013, Serbia Trip for Nike Junior International Tournament 2013
Coach Marc Steutel has managed to achieve an enormous amount in a short period in his coaching career to date. Steutel started out as a community coach with ECF and was soon recruited to the Head Coach role at the newly formed Tyne Met North East Sports Academy (NESA). From there Marc has gone on to assume the role of Team Northumbria Men’s head coach, achieving promotion in his first season in charge. In more recent time he has taken on national duties both with regional, England and GB programmes.

Graham Heath

Coaching Honours:

Head Coach Newcastle East Griffins Community Basketball Club for 11 years, North East Regional Boys U13s for 9 years (3 years as assistant coach, Area Performance Coach for 2 years for the North of England, National Junior League Head Coach for 10 years with Newcastle East and Newcastle Eagles School of Excellence, Team Northumbria Basketball coach for 8 years as assistant coach and head coach on both women and men’s programs, Heaton Manor Spartans head coach with an English Schools final 4s appearance at U16s, St Cuthberts Ducks head coach with an English Schools final 4s appearance at U15s.


Graham Heath is the longest serving coach at Newcastle Eagles alongside Deirdre Hayes. Over the years Heath has built a proven track record in building programs and relationships in the sport, not least at his designated community club, Newcastle East Griffins, which celebrated its 10th anniversary at Benfield Centre for Sporting Excellence last year. Recent successes in the growth of participation at other key Newcastle sites such as St Cuthberts and Heaton Manor show that the sport is in good hands.



Jeanette Murray

Change4life outreach worker

Coaching Honours: Assistant Coach Team Northumbria Women’s (2004 – 2012), Team Northumbria Women’s 2nd Team Head Coach (2009 – 2013), Assistant Coach University of Northumbria Women’s (2000 – 12), Assistant Coach Tyne & Wear Women’s (1994 – 2004)

Playing Honours:

20 years playing Women’s National League


Jeanette has worked for the foundation for 4 years.   A long term volunteer within Northeast basketball Jeanette has a wealth of experience in the sport including more than 20 years as a national league player and coach.   Murray teamed up with Deirdre  as assistant coach in leading Team Northumbria women.  Jeanette is also a level 3 referee.  Murray can still be seen on the court playing in the women’s local league or refereeing. Currently Jeanette’s role is as a Change 4 life outreach worker working in 9 targeted schools in the east end of Newcastle.  The programme revolves around creating opportunities for young people to get active in local extra curricular clubs. 


Susan Hunter

Club Development Manager

 Bio:While attending Gateshead College Susan  qualified as a Level 2 coach. She  began working at the Newcastle Eagles in 2002 as a casual basketball coach.  Over the following year’s Susan’s role has evolved including positions as:

Girls Basketball Development Officer, Basketball Club Development Officer, Basketball Activator, NorthumbriaUniversity Basketball Development Officer

Four years ago her role changed into a governing body role and Susan is now Basketball Participation Coordinator for England Basketball.

Taylor Rendles


Taylor is a product of the Newcastle Eagles highly successful Hoops4Health  as she got involved in basketball while at Spring Gardens Primary.  Taylor played at North Shields Basketball Club being coached by Susan Hunter.  She then continued playing basketball as she joined Tynemet College Basketball Academy.   While playing at college she volunteered to help coach her old North Shields  Under 12’s team. Taylor qualified for her level 2 coaching certificate and took up an apprenticeship opportunity with the Foundation.   Taylor was then taken on by the foundation as a community coach/administrator.

Anthony Sampson


Anthony started his career with Sunderland Basketball in the BBL at Sixteen years old and played under coaches Dave Elderkin and Craig Lynch from 1987-1994. During the early years he played at Sunderland he was offered the chance to play for the most successful coach in Britain, (prior to Fab) Kevin Cadle who coached the highly successful Kingston Club in the BBL. Anthony was also offered a scholarship to a University in North Carolina but chose to stay in the North East. Gateshead Basketball Club also tried to recruit Anthony to their Division one team.

Anthony has worked for the Eagles Community Foundation for 5 years and is currently the Basketball Development Officer for Northumberland where he runs clubs in Ashington, Blyth, and Cramlington and also supports the Morpeth and Hexham clubs.

Shaun Malone


Shaun is a local lad who has come through the Newcastle Eagles organisation.  Having played and coached in the School of Excellence.  A recent graduate of the University of Sunderland Shaun was appointed in 2014 as the North Tyneside Community Coach.  The role is in partnership with Tynemetropolitan College where he is in charge of the College basketball programme.


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Chris Bunten

Coaching Honours:
Domestic Leagues:
Head Coach Team Northumbria Women’s WBBL & BUCS Premiership 2014-Present
Head Coach Newcastle University Women’s 1A North Division 2011-2014
·         Joint League Winner 2013/14 Season
·         Trophy Finalists 2011/2012
Head Coach Newcastle Eagles Under 13 & 14 National League 2009-2011
·         Under 13 National League Northern Winners 2009/2010 & 2010/2011
·         Under 13’s and under 14’s Quarter final appearances in playoffs 2009/2010 & 2010/2011
Head Coach Brighton University Men 2005-2008
·         Trophy Finalist 2006/2007
National and International Honours:
Under 16 & under 15 England women’s Basketball Head of Strength and Conditioning 2014-Present
Under 16 & under 15 England women’s Basketball Junior Assistant Coach 2014-Present
Under 15 England boys Head of Strength and Conditioning 2012-2014
APC Head Coach North East Boys2010-2012
Under 17 & 15 Girls and Boys Regional Head Coach 2008-2013
Playing Honours:
Middlesbrough College Academy 2001-2003
·         Division II men League Winners and play off finalists 2001/2002
·         Under 20 National League Finalists 2002/2003
·         Under 18 National League Final 4’s 2002/2003
·         Captain for Middlesbrough College Academy 2002/2003
Chris is a local lad who after playing has swiched to the coaching side.  This has seen him coach internationally and across the country.  Having worked extensively for the Newcastle Eagles and Foundation Chris was appointed as the Head Coach for the Team Northumbria women’s Basketball programme.  the programme offers a professional sporting environment that allows players of the game to aspire to and achieve basketball excellence. Embodying the ‘student  athlete’ model, the programme provides a platform for all university students to succeed on and off court. There are two women’s basketball teams; the first team are the current BUCS league and playoff champions, whilst the second team are bidding for promotion this year to the BUCS northern 2A league.  This season Team Northumbria will compete in the inaugural Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL), the highest level of women’s basketball in this country.

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Ruth Davison

Coaching Honours:

Head Coach School of Excellence Under 18 Women (2014 – present)




Eddie Gilchrist

Coaching Honours:

Newcastle Eagles School of Excellence Under 15 boys 2014-Present, Level 2 Sports Performance Excellence and Analysis,  Level 2 Coaching Award, Level 3 Gym Instruction, Personal Training and Nutrition, Westgate Hoopstars U12/14 2005-2008, 2013-14, Cardinal Hume Hornets 2013-2014,

Eddie started his transition into basketball at the age of 15 and soon started his coaching journey not long after graduating from Newcastle College back in 2005. He has 15 years of playing experience and 9 years as a club coach and has recently been appointed the Head Coach of the Newcastle Eagles School of Excellence U15’s.



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