Basketball England announce the England Women’s Commonwealth Games coaching staff ahead of next April’s Gold Coast Games.
Current GB Women’s Head Coach Jose Maria “Chema” Buceta has been appointed as the Head Coach of the Women’s side for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia. He’ll be assisted by Vanessa Ellis and Chris Bunten.
The highly respected Spaniard has been in post with the senior GB side for just over 2 years after a long and successful career in the women’s game. Overseeing the Spanish national team for 8 years plus a stint working as the Technical Director for Women’s Basketball for the Spanish Federation has left Buceta ideally placed to lead Team England at the Gold Coast Games.
With such a strong contingent of potential England players currently involved in the senior GB set up, Basketball England was also eager to work closely with British Basketball to ensure continuity would be in place for Team England. With GB players and coaches set to train together throughout the winter in preparation for 2019 EuroBasket qualifiers, it was a logical fit for all parties.
Buceta said “It is an honour to coach the women’s team of England at the Commonwealth Games.
This will be a challenging opportunity for English basketball to continue growing to international standards and I am sure we will do our best to reach a high level of performance.”
Working alongside Buceta will be two familiar faces from the GB set up. Vanessa Ellis is a current Assistant Coach to the senior Women’s side, as well as the Head Coach of the U18 Women. With a playing pedigree that is up there with the very best, Ellis also has significant international experience as both a player and a coach alongside her domestic coaching experience within the WBBL for the Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters.
Coach Ellis said "I am honoured and excited to coach the England team at the Commonwealth games. It is great to be able to coach a team at such a prestigious tournament, I’m really looking forward to working with the staff and players to try and bring home a medal.”
Rounding out the coaching team is Assistant Coach and Performance Analyst Chris Bunten. Working in a similar role for the GB U20 Women, also coached by Buceta, Bunten has significant experience at a variety of levels in the performance pathway over the last 8 years. Like Ellis, he is also a well-respected for his work in the WBBL as the Head Coach of Team Northumbria.