American basketball coaches to arrive in India

New Delhi: After the arrival of Kenny Natt, two more American coaches signed by the Basketball Federation of India -Pete Gaudet and Zak Penwell -will be reaching India next week to begin their term with the national teams.

The three experienced coaches from the USA, who have been recruited to play a vital role in taking the sport to the next level, will join their respective national teams on Monday.

While veteran National Basketball Association (NBA) coach Kenny Natt, guide of Miami Heat superstar LeBron James, will be the head coach of Indian men`s basketball team, Gaudet will work as the head coach of the women`s national team.

Penwell will be the strength and conditioning coach, who will work with all national players.

Last month, BFI had announced the appointment of three premier coaches to lead India`s men`s and women`s basketball teams and to enhance and nurture the development of top basketball talent throughout the country.

IMG Reliance, which recently partnered with BFI to develop the sport in the country, was instrumental in identifying and forging the relationship with these top coaching talents.

Gaudet, an accomplished basketball coaching veteran, has been associated with the sport for more than 40 years and is expected to bring in a wealth of knowledge and experience.

He has coached both men and women at the highest levels of American college basketball, including positions at West Point, Duke University, Vanderbilt, and The Ohio State University. He has extensive technical and international basketball experience.

While at Duke, Gaudet won two NCAA men`s championships and made seven Final Fours, coaching 8 All-Americans, 3 national players of the year, and 12 NBA draft picks.

As the BFI`s strength and conditioning coach, Penwell will be responsible for developing and implementing specialised nutritional, strength training, and conditioning programmes for all Indian national men`s and women`s teams.

He will also advice Indian coaches throughout the BFI system to enhance and nurture the development of top basketball talent throughout the country.

Penwell, most recently was working at Scotland`s Sportscotland Institute of Sport, where he worked with athletes from a range of national teams including swimming, basketball, sprint canoe, judo, rugby, golf, curling, triathlon and field hockey.

Natt arrived in India a few days ago and has already started training with the national men`s team in New Delhi. For 13 seasons, Natt was the coach for NBA`s Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Sacramento Kings, including the head coach of the Kings during the 2008-09 NBA season.

The players coached by Natt include NBA legends John Stockton, Karl Malone and current NBA superstar LeBron James.

Natt also had a thee-year NBA playing career with the Indiana Pacers and the Jazz, having been the 7th pick in the 2nd round of the 1980 NBA Draft.

Natt, Gaudet, and Penwell will all be based in New Delhi as they would work with the players at the Indian Senior National camps in the city.