Damian Jennings 568Damian Jennings has been confirmed as the new head coach of Great Britain women’s team, succeeding Tom Maher.

Jennings, who MVP revealed last month to be the favourite for the job, will be assisted by Ken Shields and Vanessa Ellis who retain their existing roles.

The Englishman is currently in charge at the University of Calgary after leading UWIC to the EBL league title last season.

As head coach to the GB Under-20s he led the team to the European Division B title in 2010, and then to a best-ever performance by a British team when they reached the quarter finals of the European Championship Division A in 2011.

He was responsible for scouting and analysis for Maher at last summer’s Olympics.

“Having been part of the coaching team since 2006 I’m honoured to have been given the chance to lead British Basketball’s Women’s programme into EuroBasket 2013,” said Jennings. “We are ambitious and we want to build a team capable of challenging for honours at the top of the international game.

“After convincing UK Sport that basketball was worthy of investment, we have a tough challenge ahead, but it’s one I know both staff and players will thrive on. We want to deliver the best performances possible at the up-coming EuroBasket in France.

“I want to thank British Basketball for the support they have given me. It’s exciting to be part of a programme with such high ambitions for the future.”

The side will hold their camp in Guildford, starting on May 4, and it is understood they will play three friendlies at Surrey Sports Park,  on May 25-27, with Israel, Germany and Greece the scheduled opponents.

British Basketball’s acting head of performance, Warwick Cann said: “The funding debate has impacted on the timing for finalising the coaching team, but I’m glad that we can now move forward with our task. British Basketball is pleased that we have such an excellent staff team in place, which will hit the ground running for our May start.”

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