Anthony Garbelotto chose to study the MSc Elite Coaching Practice course at the University of Central Lancashire to improve his knowledge from an academic perspective and learn about new ways to improve his coaching delivery.
Over the course of 25 years, Anthony has coached all levels of basketball, from Under 15’s to the Great Britain men’s team. He has won National championships at every Junior category and has five professional championships to his name. Additionally, in 2011 he was given the ‘BBL Coach of the Year’ award alongside ‘Great Britain Men’s Coach’ for two consecutive years.
"Taking this course has opened my eyes to the whole academic side of coaching and has made me look at coaching differently than I used to."— Anthony Garbelotto, MSc Elite Coaching Practice Alumnus
Anthony recalls his time at UCLan as beneficial to his basketball career and highlights networking as a crucial factor in the world of sport coaching. He said: “I enjoyed getting to know the staff and their expertise as well as my fellow cohort members and their journeys.”
Anthony currently works as Head Basketball Coach at Bali United Basketball Club. His duties involve coaching professional players in the professional basketball league as well as managing any basketball related activities within the club.
He would advise Elite Coaching graduates and prospective students to “try to get a balance of learning technical and tactical of their sport and becoming a great communicator to the athletes they coach. Learn to network and understand what career opportunities there are in the sport they want to work in.”