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.

The University has been awarded five stars in all areas according to the independent QS Stars university rating scheme. It has also been named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019 and the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2019, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 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 in 2017.

Loughborough has risen to 5th place in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2019 and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014). In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

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