Now in his third year in the ranks at Leicester Riders, Assistant Coach Pablo Vazquez is finding his niche in the league. The 24-year-old, Spanish play caller’s passion for the game has seen him take on a variety of roles at the storied BBL franchise.
“I have a range of responsibilities: video analysis, scouting reports, team manager, community outreach and U18 National League team coach.
“I’ve always been passionate about coaching the younger age groups and that’s something I’ve brought with me to Leicester.
“My enthusiasm for the game helps me inspire the next generation of players and fans. We do a lot of work in the community, going into schools to work with pupils to get them excited about basketball,” declared Vazquez.
A student of the game Vazquez is quick to credit Head Coach Rob Paternostro with helping him develop his knowledge: “Rob has been great to me since the first day I arrived. He’s taught me so much already.
“He’s an excellent mentor and a great coach; I’ve lost count of all the awards he’s won. The results don’t lie.
“To be a part of last year’s treble winning season was a real highlight for me. Getting to observe how Rob managed the guys on the roster was a great learning experience.”
Happy to learn from one of the most successful coaches in BBL history, Vazquez is more than content with his current position.
“Carpe diem, that’s how I live my life. I take each day at a time and try to make the most of them. I’m enjoying each moment, so I’m not thinking too far in the future.
“One day I’ll maybe take charge of a senior squad but I have a lot still to do between now and then,” concluded Vazquez.
Leicester next take to the court November 3rd when they host Plymouth Raiders at Leicester Arena.