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 Canterbury Academy basketball team and a Vice Principal at the school.
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 was the head coach of the England Under 15 Boys Development Programme for 5 years, 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
Lorraine is the heart and soul of the club. She has coached various junior and senior teams during her time with Crusaders.
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 has been 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/Division 1 Coach
He is currently the Director of Basketball Operations at Barking Abbey who are linked with Crusaders. Lloyd was the coach when Crusaders won the EBL1 national playoffs.
Lloyd 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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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.
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 U16 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
U18 CHS Head Coach/Canterbury Academy Coach
Billy previously 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. With good performances including a national championships at the regional level he was invited to be an apprentice coach with the national teams last year.
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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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Cristina Stanciuca
U14 Crusaders Head Coach/Canterbury Academy Coach
Cristina joined us this year to help with the junior academy at Canterbury and build a Crusaders community program involving primary schools.
Cristina is currently the U15 Girls England Development head coach and has had success wherever she goes or does with her great drive and passion for the game.
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Martin Parry
Northfleet Academy Head Coach
Martin started the Northfleet basketball academy and has built it to where it is now. He is also a member of the senior leadership in the school.
Miguel Cuesta
Northfleet coach
Miguel is originally from Spain and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. He coaches the U18 Northfleet team as well as junior school teams.