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Former Sheffield Sharks star Todd Cauthorn is now Liaison Officer for England Basketball.

What have you been doing today?

Working for England Basketball the governing body for the sport. After work coaching the Junior Saints Basketball U14 team.

Who is your inspiration and why?

Growing up I idolised great basketball players. Larry Bird and Michael Jordan were probably the most inspirational.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

Admiring sports stars is slightly different to being inspired by them. I probably admired great players from every sport growing up in America including, Cal Ripken, Jr, Magic Johnson, Roger Staubach and Wayne Gretzky.

What’s your favourite other sport ?

To play it would be golf and table tennis and to watch it would be American Football.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

Probably a tie between GB basketball coach Chris Finch and Nate Reinking – GB Olympic basketball player and current Sheffield Shark.

When was the last time you cried?

Every time I watch sports movies where a team overcomes great obstacles it always gets me going.

Who or what are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my children. They are all wonderful in their own right and strive to achieve success in school and in their other activities. They are also polite and incredibly sociable.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

You only get so many opportunities; make the best of them. Whether on the basketball court or in life, respect the game and respect others.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

When I started to receive letters from universities in the US during high school, I knew I had a chance to play basketball and receive a scholarship to university. It was a great feeling.

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

The triangle of power for any man is wallet-keys-phone. Always check for all three before leaving anywhere!

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

Probably when Sheffield Sharks played Real Madrid in the European Cup in 1995.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

Plenty of times, it keeps you humble and makes you realise there is always more you can be doing to improve.

What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?

I think Facebook is great for connecting with people that traditionally have been out of reach. Twitter is awesome – constant on demand information about what you are interested in.

How do you relax away from sport ?

The answer is – I don’t. I am either coaching basketball or staying busy in another capacity around the house. With three kids there is not much time to relax.

Where was your last holiday - and would you go again ?

My last holiday was to Disney World in Orlando. I would go every year if I could. Believe the hype!

Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite - if not who provides that favourite meal?

I cook sparingly but my wife is an excellent cook and my two favourites are boneless buffalo wings or American buttermilk biscuits with white sausage gravy.

What was the last book you read?

Harlan Coben – a couple of the Myron Bolitar series.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

I tried recruitment for a few years twice! It is great when things are good but extra terrible when things are bad. I would love to coach basketball full time but opportunities in the UK are few and far between.

Tell our readers in your own words why you think we’re interested enough to interview you?

I think people might be interested in the mentality of those that have aspired, achieved their goals and been moderately successful doing something that they love.

Favourite TV programme?

American Dad - hilarious.