Basketball coach leaves Plymouth Raiders after CV queried

Jonathan White
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Plymouth Raiders stated Johnny White had coached on the “highest stage” in his native Australia however Basketball Australia stated he was not a registered coach

A person was appointed the pinnacle coach of a serious British basketball workforce with out his skilled credentials being checked, it has emerged.

Australian Johnny White was appointed by Plymouth Raiders following the advice of one in every of their gamers.

The membership additionally acquired an unsolicited letter of help from a former membership. He has since left Raiders.

Raiders proprietor Bob Widdecombe, a former chairman at Crimestoppers, admitted they didn’t make any additional checks.

‘Not a registered coach’

Mr White was appointed in July final 12 months with the membership stating on its web site he had loads of expertise teaching “at a excessive stage in Australia”.

The web site assertion talked about he had spent 5 seasons as an assistant coach within the Australian prime division with the Melbourne Tigers.

Nonetheless, after being approached by the BBC, Raiders admitted this was not the case and eliminated the assertion from their web site however insisted he had been a coach on the Melbourne Tigers in 2016.

However Basketball Australia advised the BBC he was not a registered coach throughout that 12 months and Nigel Buy, Melbourne Tigers’ common supervisor, stated Mr White fulfilled “advisory and scouting roles” on the membership however wouldn’t say whether or not he was a paid worker.

Mr White left Plymouth Raiders shortly after the BBC contacted the membership.

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A press release within the Plymouth Raiders web site citing Mr White’s expertise at Melbourne Tigers was taken down after questions have been requested by the BBC

To get a UK visa Mr White will need to have been both a head coach or assistant coach previously two seasons in a senior skilled league.

The Dwelling Workplace wouldn’t say if it will examine, stating they don’t touch upon particular person instances.

A Plymouth Raiders assertion stated: “Our background checks on Mr White included a letter from the Chief Govt of the Melbourne Tigers, clearly stating that he was employed in an assistant coach position with the membership final summer time.”

The membership stated it had “caught rigidly” to the standards laid down by Basketball England in order to obtain a Governing Body Endorsement, which is required to get a visa.

Johnny White’s historical past

  • November 2015: Johnny White joins Raiders as unpaid volunteer “workforce follower”.
  • July 2016: White made head coach.
  • March 2017: Raiders attain BBL trophy last, closely overwhelmed.
  • Could 2017: BBC method Raiders with questions on White’s CV.
  • Could 2017 White leaves Raiders.

Mark Quinn, spokesman for Basketball Australia, stated the organisation did “not endorse or validate any gamers’ or coaches’ visas”.

He added: “Johnny White was not a registered coach with Melbourne Tigers.”

Mr White was contacted by the BBC however declined to remark.