leadership

Phil Galvin

Technical Director
of the NBA Basketball School, Dubai

Considered one of the US top skill development instructors, Galvin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him to the NBA Basketball School Dubai.  He arrives in Dubai, having most recently served as the Technical Director of the NBA Basketball School in Turkey. 

A native of the Bay Area in the United States, Galvin was an All-State performer in basketball at Antioch High School. He played collegiately at Santa Rosa Junior College before accepting a Division I scholarship to Mount St. Mary’s College in Maryland.  There he played for legendary coach Jim Phelan, one of college basketball’s all time win leaders.  Galvin was selected to the Northeast Conference (NEC) All-Newcomer team and was named NEC player of the week three times.

After graduation, he began his coaching career at The University of San Francisco, where he spent five seasons as an assistant coach and was a part of the 1998 NCAA tournament team. Phil then spent 20 years working as the Basketball Director at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, which is known as one of the finest private athletic clubs in the world. There he created comprehensive basketball training programs that included camps, clinics, training, teams, as well as adult and youth leagues.

The NBA Basketball School takes great pride in hiring the best coaches we can find anywhere.

Katie Batlin

Head Coach
at the NBA Basketball School, Dubai

The NBA Basketball School in Dubai is proud to announce the addition of Katie Batlin to our coaching staff.  As a star player in the United States, Katie was nominated to the prestigious McDonald’s All-American team and was named the California Player of the Year. She received a full scholarship to play collegiately at St. Mary’s College.

Godlove Cham Cham

Coach
at the NBA Basketball School, Dubai

Godlove Cham Cham joins our NBA technical team from Cameroon, Africa, where he spent many years building his very own Basketball Academy, Basketball Plus Academy. With Godlove, the NBA school in Dubai gains a plethora of passion and deep dedication to the game and to the students.

Marko Lepovic

Coach
at the NBA Basketball School, Dubai

The NBA School in Dubai is proud to announce the addition of Marko Lepovic to our coaching staff. Originally from Serbia, Marko played basketball in the United States at IMG Academy, Modesto Junior College, and Northwest Nazarene University.

Jamal Whaley

Coach
at the NBA Basketball School, Dubai

The NBA Basketball School in Dubai is proud to announce the addition of Jamal Whaley to our staff in 2022. An accomplished FIBA certified coach with extensive experience, Coach Whaley brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to our program. 

Cristina Chernysheva

Key Accounts Director

Cristina is an Operations Director at Stryx Sports where she oversees the operations of team sports academies like Barça Academy Dubai and NBA Basketball School Dubai in terms of service quality, client relationships side, logistics, processes and procedures as well as overall performances. 

Sarah Sutherland

Operations Manager

Sarah has worked in Dubai for the past 9 years, starting her career by establishing a swim school in 2011 before growing the company to include 2 other academies in 2014. Her sporting interest started as a swimmer at the age of 3 and then exploring different sports at school including netball and hockey.