Keith Mair has bounced back into basketball as the head coach of Wales.

The former England Basketball chief executive, who exited amid much noise 18 months ago, is to take over the senior men’s team. Formerly head coach of the New Zealand Tall Blacks in the lead-up to the 2000 Olympic Games as well as two World Championships, Mair was also a club chief in his native land before switching to a managerial role.

“I am very pleased to take on this role, and would hope to be able to support and develop our coaching network,” said Mair, who resides in north Wales. “And also benefit the progression of International and elite Basketball in Wales through my experiences of working in New Zealand and England Basketball.”

Darren Oakey, Director of Elite National Development and board member of Basketball Wales said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to secure the services of Keith. I am very excited about the wealth of knowledge and experience he can bring to all areas of our International Programme. We are looking forward to releasing the new training calendar for the Senior Men’s preparation for the 2016 European Championships along with the new Head Coach’s support staff very soon.”

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