Alberto Lorenzo, Lloyd Gardner and Drew Sullivan will form the immediate coaching team behind Tony Garbelotto for the upcoming FIBA World Cup 2019 qualifiers against Greece, Israel and Estonia.
Continuity and the promotion of British coaches are highlighted, as the new Great Britain Senior Men’s Head Coach prepares for the start of the bid to qualify for China in two years’ time.
A number of staff who have worked within the GB set up under former Head Coach Joe Prunty are retained with their roles enhanced. Lorenzo, one of those to be retained, becomes Lead Assistant Coach while he is joined by Great Britain U20 Assistant Coach Gardner.
Drew Sullivan, the first man to be capped 100 times in the modern Great Britain era, returns to the programme as Assistant Coach.
Performance Analyst Jamie Smith becomes British Basketball’s Head of Scouting and Analytics, as his role is broadened to support all Great Britain teams. Head of Medical Services Paul Fisher and Team Manager Ross Norfolk are also kept on, as the governing body looks to build on recent developments.
Great Britain Head Coach Tony Garbelotto said, “I will be delighted to work with this coaching staff that will prepare for these opening World Cup qualifiers.”
“Alberto will bring huge insight from the last few years and ensure a smooth transition from the last few years, where we have made huge strides as a programme. I am looking forward to working with Lloyd Gardner as well as with Drew, who will bring a breadth of experience with GB to the role.”
“I can’t wait to start when we get together in Leicester later this month.”
British Basketball Performance Director Mark Clark said, “I’m excited about the staff that we’ve assembled to work under Coach Garbelotto. We have continuity and we’ve added both Lloyd and Drew who will add a different perspective as we look to make a positive start to the World Cup qualifying campaign.”
“Our group has three tough opponents but the new World Cup qualifying system is a great opportunity for us to play in front of our own fans. We’re all looking forward to starting a new era for Great Britain.”
Tickets are selling quickly to catch a glimpse of the new Great Britain. Their opening FIBA World Cup 2019 qualifier sees Greece visit the Leicester Arena on Friday November 24th, but fans are urged to book their place well in advance via the official ticket office.
Great Britain’s later two home games against Israel and Estonia are scheduled to take place at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena in June/July 2018. Tickets for the Israel and Estonia games can be purchased here.
Only three from the group will progress to the next stage of qualifying. The Finals will be held in China, with the opening game on August 31st 2019.