Paul Smith has stepped down as head coach of Cheshire Jets after ten years on the club’s bench. Assistant John Lavery is to take his place for next season.

Lavery joined the Jets as a player back when he was 23 and has been part of the Jets organisation on and off for over six years. He was also part of the winning team that secured the club’s first trophy in 1991.

The news will come as a surprise with Smith already involved in recruiting for the new season. However, he is now to focus on his other business interests, leaving his former colleague to take the reigns.

“The right thing to do now is to concentrate on other aspects of the Jets business, I’ll still be involved with the club pro team and I’ll be on hand to help coach Lavery throughout his first season,” said Smith.

“John is a really experienced coach with a rich Jets history and I have total faith that he is the right person to take over. My work will focus on helping the team to build Headcoach, our management consultancy business “

Lavery admits he is excited about the opportunity.

“It’s something that I have been working towards since I re-joined the Jets coaching team. Paul isn’t leaving the Jets he is just taking a step back from the pro team but he’ll be around to help out. We’ve known each other for over 20 years so I really couldn’t ask for anyone more experienced to bounce ideas off during my first season

“When people ask what I will bring to the position I’d like to think that my experience within British basketball will speak for itself. I’ve played for a number a British clubs at both junior and senior level including England. Paul and I have similar coaching strategies the only main difference I think is that I’m a more vocal tactician.”

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