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Team Northumbria Head Coach Marc Steutel has been named Great Britain Under-20 Men’s Head Coach, taking the reigns from Andreas Kapoulas, who has been at the helm the past two years.
It marks a return to the national team programme for Steutel, who assisted Doug Leichner in 2013.
The programme will retain some continuity with GB Senior Men’s assistant Lloyd Gardner from Barking Abbey remaining as an assistant, along with Josh Merrington, now coaching in Portugal at SunLive Basketball Academy.
“I am beyond honoured and humbled to lead this years U20’s into the European Championships,” Steutel said.
“I believe it is the proudest moment to represent your country and I will ensure everyone involved is working relentlessly to make everyone proud of our group.
“Inevitably, there will be some challenges of competing at this level, that all the staff are aware of but we are confident of establishing a positive environment in which our players can achieve the best possible individual and collective outcomes.
“I am fortunate that Andreas and Doug have left the programme in a great place and we will be working to continue to build on the positive foundations they have put in place. Furthermore, having the continuity of Josh Merrington and Lloyd Gardner in place as assistant coaches is a huge positive for me as both are exceptional coaches.”
All three coaches have coached at the Hoopsfix All-Star Classic; with Steutel and Gardner teaming up in the inaugural year in 2014, and Merrington coaching the Under-19s in 2016.
GB head to Chemnitz, Germany, for their Division A campaign at the European Championships after gaining promotion last summer, and have been drawn in Group A alongside Turkey, Montenegro and Lithuania.
The European Championships get underway on July 14 with GB’s opening game against Turkey.
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