COACHING CHANGES SEE DAVIS, WILLIAMS OUT

Sterling Davis has parted company with Glasgow Rocks, exiting as head coach after a decade at the helm.

The American, whose contract was up in the summer, was informed of the club’s decision following a meeting with management on Tuesday.

The surprise move to let Davis go comes despite a public show of confidence that followed Glasgow’s BBL Playoff exit to London two days ago.

In a statement, new Rocks owner Duncan Smillie claimed: “Sterling felt a new leader with a new approach would benefit the club as it moved forward.”

Davis, who initially joined the Scots as a player before becoming first player-coach then a full-time playcaller, did not win a trophy during his reign with several near-misses including coming runners-up in this season’s BBL Cup final.

He won 55 per cent of his 409 games with the club as a coach which was a tally greater than all of his predecessors combined.

 

Giants Williams steps down

It was also announced that Yorick Williams is out as Manchester Giants coach at the end of a campaign where the club were bottom of the BBL.

The move also likely spells the end of the former England international’s distinguished playing career at the age of 41.

But he will be handed a new role as an ambassador for the Giants.

Giants CEO, John Dwan, said: “With the wealth of knowledge that Yorick has, we were determined to keep him involved in the club after he had made the decision to stop coaching, and he will be the ultimate ambassador for any young player wanting to come through and succeed at basketball in Manchester beyond.

“Both the club and Yorick are very excited about the potential of his mentor and ambassador role, and how that can impact the continuing growth of our successful community arm and commercially too.”

Meanwhile, the BBL have confirmed the 2018 Playoff Finals will be held at The O2 in London on Sunday 20 May

 

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