LEICHNER BACK ON BOARD

Doug Leichner has agreed a new contract as Great Britain Under-20 men’s coach.

The American, currently assistant as Iona College in New York, will return for a third campaign in Udine, Italy this summer after guiding his side to retain their A Division spot with 11th place in last summer’s tournament in Crete.

Leichner will once again be assisted by James Vear and Bristol Flyers head coach Andreas Kapoulas.

“It’s a big challenge this summer but we have talented coaches and players to get the job done,” he said.

This year’s Euros run from July 7-19 with GB opening up against reigning champions Turkey in an initial group that also includes Slovenia and Germany.

US-based point guard Luke Nelson is expected to spearhead the returning group.

Meanwhile British Basketball have advertised for a new coach and staff for the GB Under-20 women’s team with Peter Buckle expected to concentrate wholly on the senior side.

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