Coaching staff

James Bamfield

Coach James Bamfield joined ARU in 2023. Bamfield boasts a strong pedigree in the sport having played in NBL leading both D3 and D2 in scoring and player coaching in D1.

As a coach he has over 25 years’ experience in running clubs and programmes, including as head coach the Welsh senior Men’s team.

He recently completed an MSc in Performance Coaching, is a candidate on the FECC (Fiba Europe Coaching Certificate) and has experience coaching across Europe at U19, U23 and senior levels, including the NBL, BUCS, EABL, ABL & AoC competitions.

“I’m passionate about impacting basketball in the UK and building something that can contribute to the player pathway here at ARU. We want our players to develop on and off the court and have a great experience of university basketball” said Bamfield.

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Ben Nailer

Ben is an ARU alumni who graduated in the summer of 2023 with a BSc in Strength & Conditioning and Rehabilitation. He combined his studies while leading the women’s program to a 5th place finish with a 13-9 record, achieving playoff position. Ben capped a good year when he was nominated as an assistant coach for this year's AllStar’s game.

“I’m excited and looking forward to return to Anglia Ruskin for the upcoming season and complete my second year as Women’s Head Coach. After an enjoyable and successful year we are looking to continue to build a strong culture and progress the structure of the program. For myself, this is an unbelievable opportunity to remain in the program I have previously graduated from as well as working alongside James to better develop my coaching practice.”

Head Coach James Bamfield said: “I’m really pleased that we have been able to bring Ben back to work with the Women’s program, this provides much needed continuity. The feedback we had around his work ethic and commitment was positive and we think he is a bright young coach. It’s also great to offer career progression for our students with Ben being a former ARU student”.

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