- National Teams
The British Basketball Federation has announced the six head coaches for the GB junior national teams ahead of the upcoming European Championships this summer.
Recently retired GB legend Chantelle Handy will take charge of the Under-20 Women with Leicester Riders’ WBBL play-caller Krumesh Patel appointed as head coach of the Under-20 Men as it marks the first summer since 2019 for the Under-20s.
Alan Keane returns as head coach of the Under-18 Men, taking the reins from Craig Nicol, while Troy Culley remains head coach of the Under-16 Men.
Meanwhile, Karen Burton steps up as the head coach of the Under-18 Women having previously been an assistant last summer and Durham Palatinates’ Lee Davie will lead the Under-16 Women.
Performance Lead, Fiona Pimblett, said: “We undertook an extensive process involving Basketball England, Basketball Scotland, Basketball Wales and the BBF, and together we have recruited a fantastic group of people to lead Great Britain this summer.
“There was a high volume of applicants with a great level of expertise and experience, which is testament to the amount of work that goes on within the leagues, clubs, regions and home countries.
“One of our priorities this summer is to ensure that we provide an international basketball experience of the highest quality to our age group players, and there is no doubt in my mind that this group of people can deliver exactly that.”
GB will compete at Division B level across all six tournaments after the Under-18 Men were relegated last summer.
7th-16th July – FIBA U20 European Championships Div B (Skopje, North Macedonia)
28th July-6th August – FIBA U20 Women’s European Championships Division B (Craiova, Romania)
21st-30th July – FIBA U18 European Championships Division B (Matosinhos, Portugal)
30th June-9th July – FIBA U18 Women’s European Championships Division B (Sofia, Bulgaria)
4th-13th August – FIBA U16 European Championships Division B (Ploiesti, Romania)
10th-19th August – FIBA U16 Women’s European Championships Division B (Podgorica, Montenegro)