Coach Interview: Ross Norfolk
By ONE2ONE Team
We catch up with our elite skills trainer, Coach Ross Norfolk...
Why did you get into coaching?
I started coaching in the community when I was 16 years old - I was an intern for Colchester Jammers and coaching in local primary schools.
From there I completed my Degree in Sports Management and got the opportunity to work as an Intern for the Great Britan U20’s squad under a mentor of mine, Mark Lloyd.
I continued to work for the national team each summer, attending the 2013 Eurobasket as an Assistant Team manager, then progressing as the team manger for the GB U20’s at the 2014 Division A championship and finally finishing as the Team Manager for the Senior men at the 2017 Eurobasket in Istanbul.
During the domestic part of the season, over the last 10 years I have helped develop the Colchester Basketball club whilst coaching Men’s basketball at the University of Essex and at Seevic College.
What moment from your coaching career to-date are you proudest of?
One of my proudest moments was working at the 2017 Eurobasket.
Hearing the national anthem before a game in front of thousands of people always gives me goosebumps!
Being surrounded by highly experienced staff and elite level players also allowed me to continue to develop my basketball knowledge.
What film, podcast or book would you recommend to players or coaches?
I have a few books and Podcasts I would recommend;
1. “Wooden : A lifetime of reflections on and off the court”
2. “ The Gold Mine Effect” - Rasmus Ankersen
3. “ Atomic Habits” - James Clear
1. “ Coaching U Podcast”
2. “The Basketball Podcast”
3. “Way of Champions”
What do you do when you’re not around basketball?
When I'm not around basketball (which isn't very often), I play golf and spend time with my family!
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