Doug Leichner is to step down as Great Britain’s Under-20 men’s coach, it has been confirmed.

The popular American, who took over in 2013, led the side to the most successful run of its brief history, earning promotion into Division A with an exciting young group led by Devon van Oostrum.

In 2014, GB retained its position with an unprecedented 11th place at the European Championships but, with a number of key prospects opting out, they suffered a narrow relegation last summer despite finishing above traditional powers including Russia, Croatia and Greece.

“National team coaches have a short lifespan and after three overall successful years, I have decided to turn the reigns over to someone else,” Leichner said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity and thoroughly enjoyed my experience with GB U20.”

British Basketball have begun the recruitment process for a replacement for this summer’s tournament in Halkidiki, Greece.

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