Ben Stanley has been announced as McDonald’s Nottingham Hoods Head Coach for the 2020/21 season after having a couple of seasons away from the game.
Having took charge of the second team on two occasions (in 2015 & 2016) Stanley originally joined Nottingham as a player for the first team in 2013.
With coaching experience in Basketball since the age of 14 and playing since the age of ten, as a youngster Stanley started out at Ellesmere Port Panthers before joining East Durham Academy and playing eventually in the first division for Solent Stars where he was appointed captain in his second year at the club.
Having coached at Solent Kesterels and Nottingham Wildcats in the women’s game, Stanley has also worked as Assistant Coach in the National Teams Pathway for the England U18 team.
A 6ft2in shooting guard having played for a dozen or more clubs in England he offers valuable experience and stated upon the announcement as Hoods Head Coach last week “After two years out I’m really excited to be back into the game of basketball, especially with the Nottingham Hoods who supported me even when I said I was retiring.”
Stanley continued “I’m ecstatic to be back and helping to lead the programme from the top. This year will be tough for all clubs coming off the back of COVID-19, but I’m really looking forward to the process, both of growing the club and pushing the Division 1 team”. Stanley replaces Ryan Westley who was Head Coach since 2017.
*Main image @hoodsbasketball Stanley originally signed for the Hoods in 2013.