Hemel Storm has re-signed three of their outstanding former junior players as the team-building process continues for the 2017/18 campaign. And as part of a coaching reshuffle, Vanarama-sponsored Storm has appointed Dave Allin to work alongside new Head Coach Robert Youngblood who joined the Club last week.
All three former juniors were developed in the Club’s former National Premier under-18’s Programme before they graduated to the seniors.
“I’ve coached all three of these young men over the last six years at junior and senior level,” said Allin,” and they fully appreciate the values of this Club and understand that it’s a special place to play”.
Michael Darlow echoed his Coach’s sentiments: “Other Clubs often try and recruit us but why would anyone want to leave a Club like Hemel? You only have to look at the fantastic fan support we get, the elite levels of coaching and player development work, the incredible volunteers who are the life-blood of the Club, and the aura of professionalism that pervades everything that is done on and off the court.”
Despite being early into their senior careers all three players have already made significant contributions to the first team. Darlow was a consistent starter for Hemel last season; he’s an excellent rebounder and has an ability to shut down opponents’ inside scoring with tenacious defence.
Nick Allin has become a highly dependable and unflappable ball-handler whose all-round game makes him one of Storm’s most consistent players. And despite his relative inexperience former England Junior Jack Burnell is one of the best shooters in the League renowned for his seemly laser-controlled long distance efforts.
Coach Allin is delighted to be returning to the Club in his new role as Associate Head Coach and is especially pleased to be working with Robert Youngblood the vastly experienced and successful former BBL player and Coach who has taken on the lead coaching role.
Coach Allin commented: “I’m excited to be back at the Club for the coming season. My first experience of working with Coach Youngblood at the recent try-outs was an extremely positive one, it’s clear that we have similar standards and expectations.
“I’m looking forward to continuing the challenge of building sustainable on-court success at Hemel for many years to come”.
As well as speaking with current players the Club is staging a series of open try-outs in advance of squad preseason training which begins on August 29th. Further player and coaching announcements are expected shortly.
Picture caption: left to right, Dave Allin, Jack Burnell, Michael Darlow, Nick Allin