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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 - BE SPORTS Operations & Customer Relations Manager.
With many years working with international schools and external providers, Alyson is well positioned to support our basketball & soccer academies, assisting all members with a smooth beginning to their sports journey with us!
Qatar's leading basketball program certified by USA Basketball & partnered with the NBA.
COACH ED - BASKETBALL DIRECTOR & HEAD COACH
Coach Edgars is our Basketball Program Director & Head Coach from Latvia who brings a very European way of playing the game. A fluent English, Latvian & Spanish speaker his basketball education was formed mainly in Spain as he worked with young people of all ages including professional teams at the top.
COACH V - BASKETBALL COORDINATOR & HEAD COACH
Vitor Guarino from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is Qatar's only "I'M POSSIBLE" certified trainer (http://possibletraining.com). He is our trusted Program Coordinator & Head Coach. 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.
COACH JULIA - HEAD of GIRLS BASKETBALL
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. She is also the Head Coach for the University of Doha Womens team and current League Champion & Coach of the Year!
COACH CHRIS - HEAD COACH
A former national player of the Nigerian Basketball Team, Coach Chris spent time in Dubai working for the biggest basketball program in the UAE - MPac. Now his passion is to help support player's growth in Doha and expand the club in new International Schools.
Qatar's fastest growing soccer program, with a premier girls-only category!
COACH BENNY - SOCCER DIRECTOR & HEAD COACH
Our UK national from Manchester, England has a strong passion and commitment to growing the game of soccer across Qatar & the ME region, and in his 6 years here in Doha has built the biggest girls-soccer only program!
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