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
French Person

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.

Caryl Rundle
Child Welfare Officer

Hi, I’m Caryl, the new Child Welfare Officer for the Stars. My son plays in the U16 team and I’ve been hugely impressed with the way this club is managed and run. We LOVE basketball and have season tickets to see the Bristol Flyers matches - sharing in the highs and lows of their season. Away from the court, I have worked in social care for over 20 years, starting as a care assistant and working up to managing my own service for vulnerable and disadvantaged adults. I now work in a primary school, and I also sing in an informal community choir which I love!

Matt Vicarage
Coach

I played basketball whilst at secondary school and loved the game, but due to a lack of local clubs was unable to continue. Later in life I found a mens team where I've been playing since. I've really enjoyed the game and the people I've met along the way. Basketball has been a great opportunity for me to work on my fitness, whilst having a great time with some brilliant people some of whom also coach at the Stars. I decided to start coaching to ensure that children have the opportunity to play the sport that I've had so much enjoyment from.

Mat Demers-King
Coach

I grew up in Canada where Basketball was a very popular sport to play indoors during the long cold winters. It quickly became my favourite team sport and I played all through high school. I subsequently moved to the UK where I eventually lost touch with the game. Basketball was recently reintroduced into my life through my son who was keen to join the North Somerset Stars Under 12s team. It seems a lot more hard work than 20 years ago but it is great fun and I am happy to be playing Basketball once again!