|07 June 2011|
Basketball In Europe
|France Women head coach Pierre Vincent will be now also pointing the way forward for the legendary Lyon club |
The names of Pierre Vincent, Tony Parker and Laurent Foirest are synonymous with basketball in France.
Now all three are joining forces in a bid to bring the good times back to ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne.
Club president Gilles Moretton has confirmed that Vincent, who ended his eight-year reign as the boss of French women's giants Bourges last month after leading the club to the domestic title, will now be the coach of ASVEL.
He is also the coach of the French women's team that is preparing to defend its EuroBasket Women title when the event tips off in Poland later this month.
San Antonio Spurs star Parker, a part owner of ASVEL, will be director of basketball operations.
Because he will have most of his focus on the Spurs in the NBA, Parker will lean heavily on Foirest, who will have the title of manager of basketball operations.
It's easy to see why ASVEL have brought Vincent to the club because he is a winner.
In France's top flight, Vincent's teams won 204 times and lost just 39.
In the 33 Coupe de France games his Bourges teams played in, the club won 30 and in the EuroLeague Women, his record with Bourges was 79-44.
Bourges sides coached by Vincent won 12 trophies in all, including four French league titles, five Coupe de France triumphs and three wins in Federation tournaments.
His biggest achievement came with France two years ago when they won the EuroBasket Women in Latvia.
This season, Vincent led an inexperienced Bourges squad into the EuroLeague Women Quarter-Finals and also guided them to the French title.
Foirest, 37, won a silver medal at the 2004 Sydney Olympics and bronze five years later at the EuroBasket in Belgrade.
ASVEL were looking for a change after another disappointing season.
They reached the last four of the French play-offs before crashing out at the hands of Nancy.
Parker is to play for France at the men's EuroBasket in Lithuania.