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Mark Clark has been removed as Head Coach of the London Lions to take on a new role as ‘Senior Advisor’ within the management team, the club has announced.
The new role is ‘effectively immediately’ the club said, just days after Clark won the WBBL Cup title in Birmingham.
Clark expressed his “disappointment” but said he was excited for the new opportunity.
“I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved in the women’s game and in such a short space of time,” Clark said.
“I’d like to thank all the players and support staff that helped us on this incredibly successful programme. Whilst I’m disappointed to not continue that journey in the Head Coach role, I’m excited to turn my focus to helping the Lions expand their footprint within British Basketball and growing the sport domestically.”
Clark leaves the role in the midst of a 51-game WBBL winning streak and with an 81-82 overall WBBL league record, as well as having guided the team to back-to-back EuroCup Women playoff appearances.
He won seven pieces of silverware during his tenure, the first being the WBBL Trophy in 2021, before completing a clean sweep last season.
London Lions Womens’ GM Vanja Cernivec added:
“I want to thank Mark Clark for all that he has done for British basketball, especially on the women’s side. I strongly believe that he will continue to make positive change for future basketball players in the UK, in his new senior management role with the Lions. I look forward to working with him to build the game in the UK more effectively and see him continue his legacy in an off-court capacity.”
The London Lions said they will announce a new Head Coach in the near future, as the team is in the midst of a two week break for the FIBA international qualifying window.