Boston Celtics coach gives guest lecture on campus

Jay Larranaga

Boston Celtics Assistant Coach, Jay Larranaga, visited Loughborough University London’s campus yesterday to give an industry insight talk to students and staff as part of the Institute for Sport Business’ leadership series.

Both master’s and research students from across the campus attended the talk, where Coach Larranaga provided a great insight into his career and discussed topics of leadership and innovation in elite sport.

Coach Larranaga’s visit marks the third consecutive year that the Institute for Sport Business has welcomed an NBA coach on to campus to provide an insider’s perspective on working life within the sports sector.

Coach Larranaga is in London this week for the NBA Global Games which takes place at the O2 Arena today (11/01/18). The Boston Celtics with play the Philadelphia 76ers in the league’s eighth regular-season game.

Following the session, Professor James Skinner (Director of the Institute for Sport Business) delivered his inaugural lecture to almost 100 students, staff and guests. Professor Skinner discussed the topic of doping in elite sport and outlined some of the challenges facing the sport business industry. He also highlighted some of the current research being undertaken by the Institute, which seeks to address some of these issues.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. 

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and named University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. 

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Table 2018, 7th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2019. It was also named Sports University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. 

The University has been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, which recognises institutions that deliver consistently outstanding teaching that is of the highest quality found in the UK. 

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking. 

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.

Professor James Skinner's inaugural lecture