ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT, BASKETBALL OPERATIONS
Carlos Barroca spearheads NBA's basketball development initiatives in Asia, which include training local coaches and players, executing grassroots programs and working with key basketball stakeholders across the region to grow the sport.
Barroca has more than 35 years of experience in the industry, having worked as a basketball coach, general manager, television analyst, and ambassador, largely in his home nation of Portugal. During the 2000-2001 season, Barroca served as the head coach of the Portuguese Basketball Federation and the national U-20 squad, and has joined the NBA's Basketball without Borders program as a guest coach since 2006.
Following his time on the sidelines, Barroca was appointed as National Director of High School Sports Program and selected as a member of the Supreme Council for Sports as well as the Olympic Committee of Portugal. Barroca also served as a consultant for Adecco, a Swiss HR company, S.A., where he promoted team building and motivation in corporate HR.
Natália André has more than 13 years of experience as a basketball player, instructor and educator. A former professional player in the Portuguese Female Basketball League, André is a FIBA-certified coach whose held numerous coaching positions including roles the Sport Algés e Dafundo in Lisbon (2011-15), NBA Basketball without Boarders camp in Portugal (2013) and the women’s senior basketball team of Sport Algés e Dafundo (Lisbon) (2014-15).
André has been involved with the Jr. NBA program since 2014, leading mass participation basketball training sessions throughout India for youth athletes and coaches alike. André now brings her unique brand of coaching to the participants of this year’s Jr. NBA program in Asia.
Rob Newson has more than 10 years of experience as a basketball instructor and educator. A FIBA-certified basketball coach, Newson graduated from the Sheffield Hallam University, earning a Bachelors degree in Sports Science & Coaching. Newson has held numerous basketball development and coaching positions all over the world, including stints in England at the National team and in Vietnam with the Saigon Heat of the ASEAN Basketball League. Newson last served as the Head Basketball Coach at Greenhouse Sports – the largest sports charity in London – where he employed professional coaches to deliver sports programs in inner city schools. Newson has now brought his talents to the participants of the Jr. NBA program in Asia.