Panel of Experts
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Panel of Experts
- Mentor "Speedstar"
Sharon Hannan is a renowned Olympics coach from Australia.
She is also the ex-coach responsible for the success of Sally Pearson, who won the gold medal in the women's 100m hurdles event in London 2012 Olympics.
Sharon brings with her close to 16 years of experience coaching elite and sub-elite track and field athletes from Australia and the Oceania region. She has also been the Manager and a Curriculum Consultant of the Gold Coast City Athletics Track, an all-weather training and competition venue situated in Griffith University in Southport, Australia.
- Brand Ambassador and Mentor "Speedstar"
Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha popularly known as P. T. Usha, is an Indian track and field athlete from the state of Kerala.
P. T. Usha has been associated with Indian athletics since 1979.
She is the brand ambassador and mentor for KOOH Sports’ initiative “Speedstar” and lends her support by advocating athleticism in the country. She is helping KOOH Sports revive the lost sport by encouraging maximum participation from kids. She has been actively involved in the talent hunt by visiting schools, mentoring kids ahead of the competition and motivating the participants during the heats. She has played a pivotal role in getting support from Athletics stalwarts and organizations for Speedstar.
She is regarded as one of the greatest athletes India has ever produced and is often called the "Queen of Indian track and field". Born in the village of Payyoli, Kozhikode District, Kerala, she is nicknamed the Payyoli Express.
Elizabeth Yukiko Sato
- International Physical Education Expert
Elizabeth, a Brazilian national has worked as a Physical Educator for more than 35 years in Brazil, before moving to India and associating with KOOH Sports as International Physical Education Mentor. As a Physical Education Teacher, she has worked with kids from Kindergarten to 12th grade and developed the Lower School Physical Education curriculum for the American School of Brasilia. She has been a Track and Field Coach as well as a Swimming Teacher in Brazil.
She holds a master’s degree in Arts Education from Lesley College (Boston, Massachusetts, USA) and a Bachelor of Arts Physical Education degree from Universidade de Brasília (Brasília, DF, Brazil).
- Technical Director - BasketballShe is the daughter of famous bollywood actor Jackie Shroff and Ayesha Shroff. She is into direction, sports and athletics coaching high school girls and boys basketball teams.
Krishna has joined KOOH Sports as the technical director for basketball.
She is a passionate sportswomen and has captained her school's volleyball, football and basketball teams in the past.
- Head Coach Basketball
Leo is an energetic, detail oriented Educator and Coach from Brazil with 14 years of sports leadership experience. His expertise lies in finding creative solutions to harness human and technology resources, and motivate staff in innovative and productive ways.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Licentiate in Physical Education from Universidade Estácio de Sá - Rio de Janeiro, RJ - Brazil.
Leo has been a basketball head coach for Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (Boys U15/17), Rio de Janeiro State Selection (FBERJ - Boys U17), Clube Comary -Teresópolis UBoys U13/15/17 & Professional Level, Tijuca Tênis Clube Girls U13/15/17.
Being a Brazilian, Leo enjoys Football too. He loves to watch movies and enjoys beaches and waterfalls.
- Head Coach - Football
Balpreet is an I-League player for Mumbai Football Club & has also played for Delhi United.
He is an AIFF ‘D’ License Instructor with deep knowledge about theory & practical aspects of football.
A skilled footballer, he also possesses great on field child engagement skills.
Balpreet specializes in Child Behavioral Management, instilling “drive” and Motivation, personalizing the Athletic Experience, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Positivism, and implementing collaborative approach amongst the players.
- Technical Expert - Football
Arjun has successfully completed UEFA level C & B Certification in football coaching.
He has played professional football in India for Salgaocar and East Bengal and also represented the U-19 & 23 Indian national team successfully for 2 years. A winner of Goa State League & I League II with Salgaocar Sports Club he was also member of the under 19 & 23 Indian National Football Team in 2008. He was also assistant coach of Churchill Brothers and Mohun Bagan team. Arjun is assisting KOOH Sports in evolving the existing training programme for all the coaches. He is actively involved in the school engagement and audit programmes & he also ensures that our programmes are delivered with the highest standards of excellence across the centres. In addition to being directly involved in the training and mentoring of the coaches; he also helps to identify and mentor the talent at the Sports Development Centres.
- Technical Director - Football
Kundan has joined KOOH Sports as the technical director for Football. Kundan is AFC ‘A’ licensed coach & is head of Youth Development wing of I-league club Mumbai FC. He is an AIFF ‘D’ License Instructor along with being an AIFF Scout for the U17 World Cup.
Chandra brings his valuable expertise to KOOH Sports in areas such as youth football, women’s football as well as organizing football festivals.
He was an Indian Navy Official for 20 years and used to play and then coach the Indian Navy team in the Inter-services, Local and National tournaments. Chandra brings with him over 10 years of coaching experience which includes being the Head Coach of Indian Navy, BMFC, PIFA Colaba and Mumbai FC U20 team. He is a dedicated, resourceful & innovative teacher whose passion is investing his energies in youth development.In addition to being directly involved in the training and mentoring of the coaches; he will also help identify and mentor the talent at the Sports Development Centres.
- Technical Advisor- Football
A graduate from Cowley County Community College of Kansas, USA, Spenser completed his high school from the American School of Brasilia, Brazil. He has received Coaching Certification in Football and Futsal (indoor Brazilian Football) from Xsport Coaching Programme and is currently receiving the professional training for FA Level 1 and 2 Football Coaching Licensure. He is also a Certified Trainer/Guide in Rock-Climbing, Rafting, Hiking, and Mountaineering from National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).
Vincent Vinay Kumar
- Technical Advisor - Cricket
Vincent is a former First Class Ranji player having played 33 matches representing Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) & has completed his NCA-BCCI Level ‘B’ coach training.
A highly motivated coach, he was the Chief Coach of Goa Cricket Association & currently he is Technical Advisor at KOOH Sports Academy. He has extensive experience mentoring team members and his coaching achievements boast of his teams having registered many wins like South Zone Championship, All India Bhillai Trophy and many more. Some of his renowned assignments were being Chairman of Selection Committee for ACA U-22 for more than 10 years & Selector for Zonal Academy, South Zone for 2 years. He has been Chief Coach of Andhra Cricket Association, Ranji team from 2010 to 2014. He is an avid photographer & has passion for Paintings.
- Batting Expert
Lalchand Rajput is a former Indian cricketer who played in two Tests and four ODIs from 1985 to 1987.
He was assigned the task as a manager of Indian cricket team for a brief period & has been actively involved in cricket administration over the past several years, including holding positions with the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).
He was coach of Under-19 Indian Cricket Team during the tour of England & was also appointed as the manager of the winning Indian cricket team for the Twenty20 World Championship 2007 held in South Africa.
Rajput was the coach of the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League 2008. In June 2016, Rajput was named as head coach of Afghanistan Cricket Team.
- Technical Director - Cricket
As KOOH Sports Technical Director, Dinesh supports KOOH Sports by providing technical direction in all the KOOH Sports Cricket Development Centers (CDC) across the country. He is a BCCI Level ‘B’ coach, trainer & is personally involved in the performance management of players and assists the teams and coaches. His also assist the team with regular technical inputs to enhance the curriculum and improve the CDC programme.
Mr. Jaimon has previously worked as an Executive Director - State Cricket Academy of Rajasthan Cricket Association from 2001 to 2003. He was also the Lead Coach for U19 Central team and Rajasthan State U22 & Ranji Trophy team from 1994-2012. He has represented Rajasthan Cricket Association in the Ranji Trophy and U 22 National Championship in the year 1981-82 and 1979 respectively as a player.
He toured England in 2006 as Coach of Rajasthan Cricket Association U15 Team and assisted Mr. Hanumant Singh (former Indian player) in coaching of the Rajasthan players.
- Performance Director - Cricket
Apurva Desaii is a former First Class cricketer from Gujarat & has joined KOOH Sports as a Cricket Performance Director. He is a BCCI Level C Coach with 15 years of coaching experience. His expertise lies in Error Detection and Correction as well as sorting out the Technical, Tactical and Mental issues related to batting across all formats of the game.
For last 5 years he has been a batting coach for National Cricket Academy (NCA)/BCCI age group camps and as batting faculty for Coaches Training Courses. Since the last few years he is personally coaching India ‘A’ players and First class players during the pre-season and tactically during matches.
His experience also consists of working with Women’s teams and current India Women’s team players. He is also an acting consultant for USA Global Cricket Academy. He has been senior selector for Gujarat Cricket Association for more than 5 years.
- Academic & Technical Director - Hockey
Andrea is a passionate athlete, renowned Hockey player and Coach from Germany. In her current capacity as a sports expert with KOOH Sports, she will assist KOOH Sports in building programmes that will channelize the energy of the young and also motivate the sports enthusiasts. Her prime focus will be to encourage holistic development of athletic skills in the young kids. She will be instrumental in teaching the kids the fundamentals of individual and team sports.
Andrea started playing Hockey at an early age of 6 and started coaching from the age of 14. She has played in the German premier league post her stint with the league's Sub - junior squad for many years.
Hockey is her life and her passion for this sport has led her to start a Hockey Academy for the underprivileged children in India. Started in 2010, this academy is located in a small conservative Village called Garh Himmat Singh in Eastern Rajsthan, District Dausa. This village has started getting popularly called as the "Hockey Village India". As of now, around 80 boys and girls are playing Hockey under her guidance and some of them have already represented Rajasthan. Her vision is to inculcate German skills and dedication to the sport (Hockey) in the Indian kids.
- Technical Advisor - Basketball
Shiba Maggon comes aboard KOOH Sports as the Technical Advisor. She is a renowned basketball player and was a part of National Basketball team. She is also the coach for the Indian Junior Team and one of the first women to qualify as an international referee.
She won a Gold medal at Youth National (1993), six Gold medals at Sr. National Championship while playing for Indian Railways (1997 to 2002) and one Gold Medal and eight Silver Medals at Sr. National Championship while playing for Delhi (2003 to 2011). She has won six federation cups- three Gold and three Bronze medals.
On international level, Maggon has played in five FIBA Asian Championships for Women and was ranked in the top 5 for Asian players in 2002. She was also part of Indian Team at Commonwealth Games, Australia in 2006. She got a scholarship to the Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1998 and has majored in Physical Education.
- Chief Quality Officer
John is an Australian sports physiotherapist of 24 years’ experience, working with both elite athletes and the general sporting population.
Has worked extensively with international cricket for the last 17 years, most notably as physiotherapist to the Indian cricket Team for 3.5 years as well as Surrey County Cricket in England (1998 - 2001) and Bangladesh National Team from 2001-2004.
John has been involved in nearly 55 international cricket tours/series as head physiotherapist.
Having completed his under graduate studies in Australia in 1992 he had many years of private practice experience both in Australia and the UK, including stints with the Australian Institute of Sport and other national and international sporting teams during that period. John has also lectured and tutored at university undergraduate level in orthopedics and sports related injuries and is currently widely sought as a consultant on many health, fitness and injury related issues. His intimacy with the cricketing world has allowed him to consult in a variety of areas ranging from stadium design to anti-doping policies and tournament logistics. John is often seen on numerous TV shows in India for expert comments on sporting, health, lifestyle and injury related issues both in the sporting as well as the general population.
Currently sits actively on 3 advisory boards for school and health related projects in Mumbai and across India. John is board advisor and technical director of KOOH Sports India