College coach named best in country

TyneMet coach Marc Steutel celebrates being named 'England Basketball Division 2 Senior Men Coach of the Year'.
TyneMet coach Marc Steutel celebrates being named 'England Basketball Division 2 Senior Men Coach of the Year'.

TYNEMET College’s head basketball development coach Marc Steutel has been named the best in the country.

Steutel, who works within the North East Sports Academy (NESA) at the college, has been awarded the prestigious national title of England Basketball Division 2 Senior Men Coach of the Year.

He was presented with his award at the England Basketball Play-off Final in Manchester, where he led Team Northumbria to a resounding victory against London Westside with a score of 101-51.

Steutel, pictured, has been a coach at TyneMet College since 2008, previous to that he worked at Newcastle Eagles as a community coach, where he was also a player.

Some of his other successful roles include lead coach for England Under-17s, head coach for England Universities, head coach at Northumbria University and assistant coach for the Newcastle Eagles BBL team.

He said: “Whilst receiving this award is nice on a personal level, it is more of recognition of the positive strides that the players I coach in the north east have made.

“I have always tried to teach my players the skills and qualities they can use in all aspects of their life.

“I feel as though the successes this season has brought has made me a better coach which will benefit the student/athletes I work with at TyneMet College and Queen Alexandra Sixth Form.

“It has been nice to see that all of their hard work has come to fruition recently with the likes of Ross Wilson (QA), Ellory Browne, Lamar Morrison and Jack Wilson (TM) all making their BBL debuts this season with the Eagles.”

Mark McCutcheon, NESA sport co-ordinator at TyneMet College said: “I am thrilled that Marc has been awarded this title, he thoroughly deserves to be recognised and rewarded for all of the time and commitment that he has shown on and off the court.

“He has an excellent rapport with all of his students, coaching them to their highest levels of fitness whilst showing them how to develop their basketball playing skills.

“Winning the play-off final in Manchester last week is a testament to his success as a coach.”