Sarah Sutherland

Operations Manager, NBA Basketball School UAE

Sarah started her sporting interest as a swimmer at the age of 3 and then exploring different sports at school including netball, athletics and hockey.  She took an avid interest in helping to coach poolside from a young age and became a qualified swim teacher at the age of 16. Sarah was coaching her own competitive swim squad at 20 and has over 15 years of teaching and coaching experience.

Through her interest of coaching, Sarah started her career in Dubai with establishing a swim school in 2011 before growing the company to include 2 other academies by 2014. Joining StryxSports in September 2018, Sarah was part of the team behind NBA Basketball School Camps in March and July 2019 and is excited to be part of the team to establish NBA Basketball School in the UAE.

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Jacques Vandescure

Technical Director, NBA Basketball School UAE

Joining the NBA Basketball School, UAE as Technical Director is Jacques Vandescure.  A former NCAA College player who played professional basketball in Europe.  Jacques has worked extensively in Africa and Europe growing the game at the grassroot level through to Elite level.  He has been working with the NBA for the past 10 years, and has also worked individually with NBA Players.  In 2013 – 2016, he was a scout for the San Antonio Spurs.  In 2014, Jacques was honored with a NBA championship ring as a staff member when they won the championship.  For the past two years Jacques has worked at the NBA Academy in India, starting as the Player Development Coach, and promoted, a year later, to Technical Director.  

Emmanuel Diyoka Mulowayi

Coach, NBA Basketball School UAE

Born in Belgium, Coach Manu grew up in Brussels.  He was part of the player pool and selection process for the Belgian National Team U13 team in 1998-99, and was again tabbed for the Belgian National Team selection process in 2004-05 in the U20 player pool.  He was a member of the Belgian club team Go Pass Pepinster between 2002 and 2004, and helped the club win the BBC Brussels Division 2 National Championship in the 2004-05 season.  

Coach Manu had a very successful career as an Assistant Coach at Saint Leo University (NCAA) from 2014 – 2019.  From 2014 – 2016 he was in charge of the skills development for the women’s basketball program.  From 2016 – 2019, he was Assistant Coach for the men’s program where he was in charge of skills development, scouting reports, organizing practices, coordinating scouting and game plan strategies and mentoring the student athletes. 

Geary Joshua

Coach, NBA Basketball School UAE

Accomplished and focused professional coach with over 10 years of experience in coaching, mentoring and development, Geary Joshua joins the NBA Basketball School as a Coach.  Establishing his own basketball program in the U.S from 2008, Coach Geary has also been a player development coach for men over the last few years and the associate Head Coach at University for women’s basketball over the past 4 years, as well as working in China with the Development basketball association from 2017 – 2018.  With plenty of experience in varsity basketball coaching, Coach Geary is excited to join the NBA Basketball School and enhance the basketball community in the UAE.