Staff

The North Somerset Stars was founded by Gus Roach with a little help from Jez Heber. Gus heads up the coaching and Jez the administration.
They, and everyone else in the club, work voluntarily although we do make a small payment to some of our assistant coaches to cover travel expenses.
These assistant coaches give of their time and expertise to develop the players and aid the club and we are extremely grateful for their involvement.
We have plans for expansion and are keen to find or to train up new coaches. We will happily help you to find a role and send you on whatever courses are necessary if you would like to be involved.

Gus Roach
Head Coach

I started playing basketball in the mid 90's on the outdoor courts in Backwell and very quickly became hooked.
This game has given me a huge amount over the last 20 years - structure, self discipline, physical fitness, travel and perhaps best of all - friendship.
It is my hope that we can help to bring similar positive experiences to as many young people in North Somerset as possible.

Pierre Rodriguez
Coach

I first played basketball at the age of 10 and quickly realised that this was going to be my sport. Over the years I progressed to being team captain which helped me hugely with my social and leadership skills.
On moving to England I became a part of the Bristol Flyers club and then moved to the North Somerset Stars to be involved with the coaching.
I would like to give young people the same opportunities to progress in life with a sport that will carry them far.

Nick Ball
Coach

Having played basketball since an early teen I get great enjoyment from the sport.
I have played at a regional and national level and also spent time coaching within primary schools in the Midlands.
As a junior I was fortunate that there was a lot of development within my county and now, as a Level 2 coach, it's really rewarding to be able to give something back to the sport and develop the skills of aspiring young players in North Somerset.

Katie Griffith
Coach

As a level 3 personal trainer I've always been interested in all aspects of sport and fitness. I enjoy the classes that I run for adults but, as a mother myself, I get a particular pleasure from working with children.
I've been coaching the Junior section of the club for several months now and am completing my level 1 coaching qualification this summer. I'm excited to see the progress that this great bunch of kids are making and I'm looking forward to seeing them develop into great players and teammates.

Jez Heber
Coach & administrator

Having failed at most team sports as a kid, I was delighted to discover, at 14, that I could enjoy a measure of success at basketball.
I played at school and then college but later had to drop it entirely when my family and business grew.
I started playing again 8 years ago and haven't looked back. I can talk for hours about why it's such a great sport and I'm keen to help kids who were in the same position as me to find that elusive enjoyment and success in sport. I handle most of the club's administration so, if you need to contact me then please click here.

Jacqui Heber
Child Welfare Officer

I've been primary school teacher for newly 30 years, working in London, Winchester and now in Portishead.
I've loved every minute of it and particularly enjoy engaging with those kid who have been labeled as 'difficult'. It's so rewarding to see those children come alive and realise that they can perform and please when they have become accustomed to seeing themselves as failures
I'm delighted to be involved in the North Somerset Stars and hope to continue to be able to help other children in this capacity