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