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Lemanis named men's basketball coach

24 April 2013

BASKETBALL: Andrej Lemanis has been named as the new head coach of the Australian men's basketball team. 

The 44-year-old starts the job fresh from securing a third consecutive National Basketball League championship with the New Zealand Breakers, only the second coach in the league's history to do so.

As part of the new full-time role, Lemanis will also become head of the men's program at the Basketball Australia National Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, Basketball Australia said in a statement on Wednesday.

Lemanis served as an assistant coach to former Boomers head coach Brett Brown at the 2010 FIBA World Championships and 2012 London Olympic Games.

He said the team was in a great position thanks to the foundation laid by Brown.

"We have a core group of players who are all committed to the program and are excited about the future," Lemanis said.

"It is an exciting time for Australian basketball as we start to change the elite development landscape. I look forward to working with all the passionate people involved with basketball to achieve a program all Australians can be proud of."

Basketball Australia CEO Kristina Keneally said she looked forward to seeing Lemanis drive the Boomers forward on the road to the 2014 FIBA World Championships and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

"What he has achieved during his time with the New Zealand Breakers is nothing short of remarkable - creating a culture of success that has led to three consecutive NBL Championships," Keneally said.

"We expect that the Boomers will go into the 2016 Rio Olympics with the strongest squad to date and their strongest chances yet of winning a medal - particularly with the increased resources we're putting behind them."

AAP 

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