FOUNDING MEMBERS & MANAGING PARTNER
BEN SMITH is the Co-Founder & CEO of BE SPORTS.
A business and sports specialist; Ben's passion and strengths include establishing successful international sports programs, developing training systems to improve player performance and building strong company brands.
ERIC GARDOW (1968-2019) founded BE BASKETBALL alongside Coach Ben Smith in 2015 through a shared love for inspiring others. Eric was a true leader who inspired others through education, motivation and mentorship. Life blessed us all at BE BASKETBALL during our time with Eric as he shared multiple lessons with us, on and off the court.
OPERATIONS & CUSTOMER RELATIONS
Alyson Dopfer is our experienced, friendly and helpful BE BASKETBALL Operations & Customer Relations Leader. With many years working with international schools and external providers, Alyson is well positioned to support our popular basketball academy as well as assist all members, ensuring a smooth beginning to your basketball journey with us!
Lauren Mudgway manages Operations & Customer Relations for all other BE SPORTS. Lauren has many years experience working within sports throughout Qatar, as well as being the Technical Coordinator for the Qatar Rugby Federation and managing their competition calendar. Lauren is ready to help you with all inquiries relating to Soccer, Rugby & Beginners!
Qatar's leading basketball program certified by USA Basketball & partnered with the NBA.
Vitor Guarino from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is Qatar's only "I'M POSSIBLE" certified trainer (http://possibletraining.com). Also a Gold License USA Basketball coach, Vitor brings of lot of energy and detail to our program. Coach V loves how the game of basketball helps him positively influence people across the world.
Antti Koskelainen is the former Finland U16s National Team Head Coach. Before relocating to Qatar, Coach Antti was also the Helsinki Men's coach and academy manager. Now focussing on our development groups and leading our top All Star squads at BE BASKETBALL. Coach Antti comes with a wealth of international basketball knowledge.
Bryan Kelly is Program Leader & Head Coach of BE SOCCER. A Physical Education background, Bryan has been involved in top-level sport both as a player and coach for over 25 years and brings a wealth of experience as Soccer coach and a former Head of PE for over 10 years.
Julia Pazicka is a basketball fundamentals enthusiast! A former Slovakian professional basketball player, Coach J loves traveling the world with basketball working with children and young people of all ages and abilities. Recently a head coach at one of China's biggest sports academies in Beijing and assistant head coach of Slovakian Pro Women's Team Piestany.
Saner Hasan is Head Coach of BE RUGBY and has been involved in sport at all ages working from grassroots level all the way through to elite international athletes across the UK.
Now part of the Qatar National Rugby Program, Saner has been coaching for over 15 years and can’t wait to share his knowledge and passion with you.
Mo Miah is the programme leader and head coach of newly formed toddler multi sports programme “BEGINNERS”. Mo is an experienced pre-school sports specialist who is devoted to sports and takes great pride in kick starting a child’s sporting journey.