Staff

Jesse Sazant
Club Chairman/Head Coach Canterbury Academy U19
Jesse is the founder of Crusaders basketball. He is currently the head coach of the England Under 15 Boys Development Programme.
Jesse is the founder of Crusaders basketball. He arrived from Canada in 2000 where he was an assistant coach at Canada’s leading basketball school, Carleton University. Upon moving to England, he formed Crusaders linking up local junior programmes and establishing the club’s men’s team. He is currently the head coach of the England Under 15 Boys Development Programme, having been heavily involved in national and regional teams throughout his time in England. Jesse is the head coach at the Crusaders original academy at The Canterbury High School and actively works with all the club’s coaches. He brings a wealth of experience and is widely recognised as a leading coach nationally for player development.
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Lorraine Dagger
Vice Club Chairwomen/U14 Assistant Coach
Lorraine is the heart and soul of the club. She has coached various junior and senior teams during her time with Crusaders. Lorraine is currently the team manager for the England U16 women.
Lorraine has spent a lifetime heavily involved with basketball. She has been a part of the Crusaders from their formation and is the heart and soul of the club. She has coached various junior and senior teams during her time with Crusaders and is a highly respected member of the local basketball community. Lorraine is currently the team manager for the England U16 women and has been recognized by England Basketball previously as one of their volunteers of the year.
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Lloyd Gardner
Club Director
He is currently the Director of Basketball Operations at Barking Abbey who are linked with Crusaders. Lloyd was D1 coach of the year after winning the national playoffs.
Lloyd has also joined the directors of the club as part of the partnership with Barking Abbey and is also the Crusaders’ EBL1 men’s head coach. He is currently the Director of Basketball Operations at Barking Abbey. Lloyd has considerable international experience through working with national teams and regularly taking teams abroad to compete. As a player, he represented England numerous times before moving on to play professionally for London Towers and Leopards. Lloyd is a leading up and coming coach in the UK, with a very strong grounding in understanding long term development of elite players.
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Tamas Okros
Assiocate Head Coach of Canterbury Academy U19/U18 Canterbury Crusaders Head Coach
Tamas joined us from Leeds Force and haas also coached at Manchester Magic and Bradford Dragons. He comes from a background of playing professional in his home country of Hungary and also coaching multiple players to regional and international level.
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Adam Davies
U16 Kent Crusaders Head Coach/Assistant Canterbury Academy U19 Coach
He is also head coach of the Crusaders 11-16 academy at The Canterbury High School. He is also the England U15 assistant coach currently. He is a passionate young coach who has progressed incredibly quickly.
Adam is the Crusaders U16 head coach and head coach of the Crusaders 11-16 academy at The Canterbury High School. He is also the England U15 assistant coach currently. He is a passionate young coach who has progressed incredibly quickly, including coaching multiple regional teams to national championships.
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Billy Beddow
U14 Head Coach/Canterbury Academy Coach
Billy previously coached at County Upper Wolves and has played at a division three college in the states. He has already been a head coach at regional level and is a RPC Head Coach in the EAST.
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Rob Newson
Head Coach Northfleet Academy
Rob brings huge experience through his professional coaching in Iceland and Vietnam.
Rob brings huge experience through his professional coaching in Iceland and Vietnam.
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Mark Dayson
Club/Canterbury Physio
Mark is the club and academy’s lead physio. He is also the England U16 physio. He is also in charge of AASE at Canterbury Academy.
Mark is the club and academy’s lead physio. He is an extremely experienced sports physio with a background in athletics coaching. He is also the England U16 physio, having also worked with the England U15s previously.
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Antonis Kesispoglou
Club/Canterbury Academy S+C Coach
Tony will works across the club in developing S+C across all teams. He is also Canterbury Academy's S+C coach where each athlete gets two sessions a week. A former Greek junior national team player.
ANTONIS KESISPOGLOU Tony will working across the club in developing S+C across all teams. A former Greek junior national team player, Tony is studying at The University of Kent, having turned to coaching after a career ending injury.
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