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Cory McCabe

Role: Assistant Coach

Nationality: Scottish

Cory started playing basketball  whilst at high school, mainly as a way of making friends. During this time, his then teacher, Pete Duncan, invited him along to some sessions and  encouraged him to play competitively with a local team, Falkirk Fury .

In 2010, when Stirling Knights were formed, his path crossed again with Pete and Cory joined Stirling to play for the Senior Men’s squad and subsequently this led him into coaching.

Having started to understand the importance sport played in his life he focused his ambition completing an HND at Forth Valley College, and continued his academia, attaining a sports coaching degree at Napier University, Edinburgh whilst continuing to gain more and more practical experience through Stirling Knights.

Whilst at Stirling, Cory established an early introduction to performance sport through funding from Sportscotland. This allowed him to work full time with the club and offer individual sessions, strength and conditioning and other sports science disciplines to players.

Alongside this, Cory was Head Coach with Edusport Academy ,which brings overseas students to Scotland to play time to their chosen sport whilst learning English. This offered him the chance to meet and work with people from different backgrounds and cultures and was fortunate to have former Glasgow Rocks coach Vincent Lavandier, shadow and lead some of his sessions giving him some of the most valuable feedback he had received .

Now his next chapter brings him to Caledonia Pride and Edinburgh University. Coach McCabe told us “After one discussion with Bart Sengers, and understanding his vision for the programme, it was an easy choice for me to make. I have always followed the teams progress, but to be in a position to influence and help on that journey, playing in a top level UK basketball league is a fantastic opportunity for me.”

Cory went on to say “Basketball  has given me so many opportunities that I could never have imagined. What started as a hobby has taken me to countries and cities I would never have thought I’d see. It’s allowed me to meet some fantastic basketball minds and create friendships that I really value, along with great mentors in Darryl Wood and Donnie MacDonald. Basketball has also given some darker times but it is these times that have shaped and developed me into the person and coach I am today.”

Welcome to the family Coach!

Interesting Facts

Hopes and Aspirations
I look forward to seeing Pride continue to make fantastic progress whilst giving opportunities to our top Scottish talent.  I hope to assist in pushing their way up the WBBL table.

Biggest  Accomplishment
Having the chance to sing the national anthem as part of the Scottish National Team and coach my country on several occasions at FIBA competitions.  I am a proud Scot and to say you have represented your country at anything is an honour and a privilege.

Favourite Movie
I am a movie fanatic! I will have to choose Michael Mann’s Heat as a favourite.

Sporting Hero’s
The late Kobe Bryant. He was someone who I aspired to be like in his work ethic alone.

Inspirational Coach
Phil Jackson

Quote to Live by
“Stand up for what is right, even if you are standing alone”

Dream dinner party guests

Denzel Washington – C’mon, it’s Denzel!

Andy Murray – a different animal

Greg Popovich – One of the great coaching minds

Richard Winter –  A character portrayed in Band of Brothers and the definition of a leader