|16 October 2006|
Top coaches from across Europe met in Munich, Germany for the first-ever FIBA Europe Elite Coaches Meeting on Monday.
Pepu Hernandez, who coached Spain to the FIBA World Championship title last month, was among the notable names in attendance.
The coaches provided their feedback on the activities of the FIBA Europe Coaching Department, which includes a certification programme.
|Bogdan Tanjevic (right) speaks during the 1st FIBA Europe Elite Coaches Meeting, while Pepu Hernandez and Jean-Pierre De Vincenzi look on.|
"Basketball is becoming more and more popular. More kids are playing and they need a coach, not just somebody to motivate them but to teach," said Akasvayu Girona Head Coach Svetislav Pesic.
"I think the meeting here is very useful for us and our experience and knowledge can help FIBA Europe."
"You need someone else’s advice," added MiZo Pecs head coach Laszlo Ratgeber.
"If you want to improve, you need somebody who can tell you if you are doing something correctly or not. Otherwise, you don’t know on your own.
"There are questions that need to be addressed, but I think it is important programme. FIBA Europe is working and trying to do something very important for basketball. It is clever to be discussing this."
FIBA Europe Coaching Coordinator Michael Schwarz detailed the new coaching web site, which is set to launch on Tuesday.
"We have to keep learning all the time," said Hernandez.
"We have to keep talking about our problems all the time in order to learn. I think the web site will help."
"I think the new internet site is an excellent tool for coaches," added Finnish head coach Henrik Dettmann.
Overall, the participants came away encouraged by the meeting.
"I think FIBA Europe is doing a good job," said Hernandez.
"Coaches need to talk in all parts of Europe."
"It is interesting to work in trying to develop and improve coaches," said Sarunas Sakalauskas, head coach of Eisbären Bremerhafen in the German Bundesliga.
"I am really pleased with the meeting," said Schwarz.
"The ideas from coaches are extremely valuable as we move on and I am encouraged by the feedback and enthusiasm that was voiced here today."