Nate Reinking has been confirmed as the new head coach of Great Britain’s men.

He succeeds Alberto Lorenzo, who quit earlier this week, and will take charge for next month’s four EuroBasket pre-qualifiers against Kosovo and Luxembourg.

The former Great Britain guard, who won 80 caps before retiring from playing following the London 2012 Olympics, was previously an assistant under Joe Prunty when Lorenzo was among his colleagues.

The 45-year-old is currently the head coach of the NBA G-League’s Canton Charge, the affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and previously signalled his interest in the role before Tony Garbelotto was appointed in 2017.

“The Great Britain national team has been a huge part of my life and career not only as a player but as a coach,” he said. “I was fortunate to play for and work under great coaches like Chris Finch, Joe Prunty, and Alberto Lorenzo who have all made a significant impact on my coaching philosophy and taught me the business.

“I’d like to thank the Cleveland Cavaliers organisation for allowing me to take on this role and Toni Minichiello for contacting me and offering me this opportunity. I look forward to the upcoming challenge of qualifying for FIBA EuroBasket 2021 starting August 7.”

GB are expected to open training camp in Manchester next week.

Maurice Watkins, chairman of the British Basketball Federation, said: “We are really pleased Nate has accepted our offer of coaching the GB men’s team at this key moment.

“He has a great history with the team as a long-serving player and as an assistant coach, and with the British game in general.”

“He has been operating to a high standard with Canton Charge in the NBA G-League over a number of years now and we have faith he can lead the players through this round of EuroBasket 2021 pre-qualifying and beyond.”

(Photo by Mansoor Ahmed/Mansoor Ahmed Photography).


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