England International Takes Charge of Basketball Academy


Drew Lasker has been appointed Head Coach of Gateshead College’s Basketball Academy.

The England International, who has also just signed for the Newcastle Eagles for the sixth consecutive season, joins the college this September.

Drew represented England at this year’s Commonwealths Games on the Gold Coast in Australia. He began his career 13 years ago with the Plymouth Raiders and has played for Newcastle Eagles for the last 5 seasons.

On his appointment, Drew said: “I am extremely excited to be named head coach of Gateshead College. This is an unprecedented role as I take on being a full-time professional basketball player and a head coach.

“I am very thankful that the Newcastle Eagles believe in me and feel I am able to balance the two roles and be successful in both. I am going into this season with very high expectations of myself. I’m excited about continuing my playing career as well as developing professionally off the court.”

He will be based at the college’s Academy for Sport and will play a key role in developing the players of future. Earlier this year, Basketball Academy student, Themba Yabantu was the latest students to be called up to the Newcastle Eagles senior squad.

Paul Blake, Managing Director of Newcastle Eagles said: “We’ve enjoyed a great partnership with Gateshead College for many years now and it’s proved extremely beneficial for us, with a number of their academy players joining the Eagles.

“I’m thrilled that this partnership is continuing with the appointment of Drew as Head Coach. He’s extremely professional in everything he does and has an enormous knowledge of our league.”

Liam Gumbrill, Head of Gateshead College’s Sport Academy said: “Drew is a fantastic addition to the coaching team; he a very talented, experienced basketball player and our students will thrive under his leadership.

“I’d also like to thank departing coach Ian Macleod, for all his hard work with our students over the last 8 years. He’ll be continuing to coach some of our students in his new role as coach for the new Newcastle Eagles DiSE programme and I’d like to wish him all the best for the future.”