Loughborough head coach Mark Jarram steps down after eight years of success

Loughborough University Head Coach Mark Jarram will step down from his coaching role after more than eight seasons with Loughborough Riders.

Jarram won numerous NBL coach of the year awards and led Loughborough to the D1M title in 2016/17, first taking charge of the Loughborough programme in 2013 before going on to win 11 trophies whilst at the helm.

He first guided his side to promotion to the NBL Division One in 2015/16, making the playoff final in their first season in the top flight before going one step further the following season.

Jarram has also assisted with the BBL side since 2012/13, working with the likes of Conner Washington, Jamell Anderson, Reiss Pinnock, Josh Ward-Hibbert, Levi Noel, Max Richardson and Lucien Christofis.

In the universities competition, Jarram won BUCS Gold four years in a row – 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 – and despite making the BUCS final in 2020, his side were denied the opportunity of a fifth straight trophy due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In total, Jarram won three Coach of the Year awards in the NBL.

Riders Managing Director Russell Levenston said:

“We would like to put on record our thanks for the fantastic work that Mark has achieved during his time running our Loughborough programme. His impact on the lives of so many of our student-athletes has been immeasurable.

"Mark has helped to transform the programme the over the last eight years and leaves it in a much better place than when he arrived.

“He decided he needs a new challenge in a different role and we fully support his decision and wish him all the best for whatever lies ahead.”

Coach Jarram added:

“Being the head coach at Loughborough University has been an honour and a privilege. I close this chapter in the very same way I opened it, with gratitude.

“So many players, staff, volunteers and people have influenced the last nine years, to all I am extremely appreciative.

“Coaching and leading this program has been some ride. It’s never easy to leave something that has meant so much to you, the people and relationships are everything. This program will always hold a special place and that’s the thing about sports and the magnificent gift of teams – they get in you and never go away. It’s been an absolute blast, full of lifetime memories.”

Maynard & Vazquez Step Up

Riders BBL Assistant and Head of Charnwood College basketball programme Will Maynard will take charge of the Loughborough Riders NBL Division One side for the remainder of the season, with BBL Riders assistant coach Pablo Vazquez taking charge of the BUCS first team.