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 Arica 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.