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Academy Director

Head Coach Men's Academy


2016 proved to be a good year for Matt as he was voted both EABL West Conference Coach of the Year and NBL Division 1 Coach of the year.


Since beginning his coaching career in 2003 Coach Shaw has shown he is a fine side-line general. Matt moved back to coach in his hometown Derby in 2009 and in 2012 he guided the Derby Trailblazers Academy to the EABL National Title. More recently, he has lead the Academy to under 17s National Schools Championships in 2014 and 2016.


Matt coaches Derby Trailblazers senior Men’s National League Division 1 side. In his two years in charge they have finished 2nd in NBL twice including going 13-0 at home during the 2015/16.  During 2015/16 season 6 academy players were in the 12 man squad with all of them seeing serious minutes through out the campaign.


Matt is also the England Under 17s Mens coach and has been in post since 2013.


Matt is known for a calm, focused coaching style. He spends a lot of time analysing opponents using statistical analysis, adding new wrinkles to his team's play each game. He puts a strong emphasis on defensive and team oriented basketball. Matt is an extremely detailed coach keen on teaching specific skills to meet player’s positional needs. An excellent technical instructor Matt is able to help players improve at a quick rate. A firm believer in pushing players to the highest possible level Matt is also a cunning game coach with an array of tactics for the varying levels he coaches.


Using his contacts from his time in America, Coach Shaw has helped many of his players to fulfil their dream of playing in America. Coach Shaw has helped players gain spots at Colleges and Universities in the following States: Georgia, California, Connecticut, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Hawaii, New Jersey and Maine.


Matt has twice been selected by England Basketball to lead England AASE tours in Europe. He is regarded as one of the finest young coaches in the country and is currently head coach of the England under 17s New Horizons Team.


During Matt’s playing career he was known as a tenacious competitor. On the all-time leader’s lists in British Basketball Matt is 4th in assists per game and 2nd in steals per game. He captained Derby Trailblazers to the EBL Division 1 Championship in 2010 having spent one previous year with the club winning the EBL Division 2 Championship in 2007. In 2006 he captained Mansfield Express to the EBL Division 2 Play-off Championship too.


Matt also played college basketball in America. During his four playing seasons in America he did not have a losing campaign. In 2001 he was part of the USAO team that went 29-3, winning the SAC conference (16-0) and reaching the NAIA National Final. He also captioned College of the Desert as a sophomore in 1999 helping the Roadrunners to their first 20 game winning season in over a decade. He was also twice an Academic All American demonstrating his commitment to study in addition to basketball. Matt graduated from The University of Mary in 2003 with BSc Honours in Physical Education.


Head Coach Women's Academy


Paul is the Head Coach of the Girls Academy and helped them to the 2012 East Midlands Title in the first competitive season. Paul also assists on the boy’s academy and is assistant coach on the Derby Trailblazers II EBL 3 team.


Paul’s teams are built around solid basketball fundamentals and good team work. His teams are known for their changing defenses, forcing opponents into uncharacteristic mistakes. Paul coaches to his personality and to his strengths. He has great rapport and communication ability with his team and remains calm and composed on the sideline under pressure.


As a player Paul was a skillful warrior willing to do whatever it took to ensure his team won. A big rebounder and strong post player Paul took his game beyond his natural ability to play at the highest level in the UK. He was part of the Derby Storm BBL squad before the franchise folded. Paul then played for Manchester Magic while studying at Manchester University before returning to Derby in 2004 and being a key part in the newly formed Derby Trailblazers. Paul was part of the Derby Trailblazers Division 1 (2010), Division 2 (2007) and Division 3 (2005) championship winning teams, helping them rise from the basement of British basketball to the pinnacle in six years.

Strength and Conditioning Coordinator

Assistant Coach


Another piece in the future success of Derby trailblazers Academy clicked into place with the addition Barish as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. A former Academy graduate Barish works around Derbyshire coaching basketball in the local schools. His work ethic and dedication in the weight room is known throughout the club and Barish is a superb role model for all our young players.


Barish develops individual strength and conditioning programmes for our players to meet their specific needs. Barish also leads injury prevention sessions and works with players on their individual skill work outs too.


"I'm excited to take the players to the next level," said Barish. "Our strength and conditioning program will add another piece to the puzzle for the success of our teams but more importantly player’s individual achievement and development."


Barish has Level 3 Gym instructors qualification

AASE Assessor

Assistant Coach


Chris works on the Academy primarily as an assessor for the AASE programme. Chris is one of the most experienced sports assessors in the country having worked for the swimming Association on their AASE programme with athletes such as Rebecca Adlington and Tom Daly. Chris has over 20 years experience in NVQ assessment and ensures the Derby AASE students gain the maximum from the course.


Chris also coaches the Derby Trailblazers III team in EBL 4 which includes many of the academy players. The teams main purpose is to develop players rather than win games and Chris has been able to combine wins and development very nicely. Chris is well known for the extreme preparation he puts into each game and practice. Chris prides himself on providing players with a framework but allowing them to express themself and gives them the freedom to improve and learn.


Chris has been teaching the game for over 40 years. He is one of the most senior coaches in the UK and is highly respected throughout the basketball community. Chris was the Head Coach of Derby during the 1980s, during this time Chris won the Founders Cup in 1984 and two years later after finishing second in Division 2 led the team to what was then the top flight of British Basketball. During the 1990s Chris led Loughborough University to back to back BUSA Championships. And most recently in 2006 he guided Mansfield Express to become the EBL Division 2 Play off Champions.


Chris is well known for his fine teaching of the fundamentals of the game. He continues to research and study the game, keen to stay up to speed with the ever changing styles of play.

Assistant Coach


Phil works for the academy on a part time basis and his responsibilities include formulating game plans and scouting reports, breaking down game and practice film and creating player development plans.


Phil has several years of experience coaching junior basketball and is known for his sharp eye in identifying fundamental errors. Phil has helped produce some of the area’s finest players.


Phil has also twice assisted on National Championship winning teams.


Under 18s Coach

Individual workouts coach


Simon is probably most known for his time with National Teams, having been awarded his first appointment as a Team Manager in 1998, he progressed into an Assistant Coach role, coaching players such as Loul Deng,  before being asked to become a Head Coach of the 1991 Boys at the U16 European Championships in 2007 in Macedonia. Simon led the team to European B Division semi final, before ending up 4th after an overtime loss to Sweden, however this constituted a highest ever finish under the new structure. That team had players like Ryan Richards, Levi Noel and Derby’s own Mikey Magnhum.


After this success Simon continued for a further 4 yrs (making 5 in total), including leading the 1993 Born age-group to become the first medallists in England history with 3rd in 2009, launching the international careers of Devon Van Oostrum, Joe Hart and Raphel Thomas-Edwards.


The finest hour of Simon’s reign came in 2011 when he led the 1995 generation to the heights of promotion and gain the elusive distinction of becoming the 1st England Head Coach to guide a team to promotion after  an overtime victory against Israel in Macedonia. This tournament saw England climb into the A Division after going un-beaten to the final gaining admirers from across Europe. Simon ended his reign after gaining promotion leaving after Head Coaching 41 games in European Championships with a winning record of over 66%, with over 100 caps to his name.


Simon's major focus on the academy will be with the clubs under 18s national leagues program.

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Coach Matt Shaw

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