Ros Replace Fernandez With Hejkova

10 February 2011

EuroLeague Women

Natalia Hejkova presented at Ros Casares
The experienced Slovak coach during her presentation in Valencia on Thursday

Natalia Hejkova is back in coaching, at Ros Casares.

In an unexpected move, the Spanish club has replaced Jordi Fernandez at the helm and appointed the Slovakian great.

Her first game in charge will be on Saturday against Ibiza.

She is inheriting a team that finished runners-up in the Copa de la Reina to Rivas Ecopolis in Valencia, but one that clinched its place in the Quarter-Finals of the EuroLeague Women on Wednesday night with a big victory over MKB Euroleasing Sopron.

"I have taken over this team to be among the best," Hejkova said at her unveiling on Thursday.

"I am very happy for many reasons.

"I love Valencia and I have a fond memory of this city.

"Especially for the Final Four in Godella in 1993, and I wanted to return."

Hejkova led Sparta&K Moscow Region to their first two EuroLeague Women crowns but was unexpectedly removed by the club.

She then coached at Dynamo Moscow for a year but was without a club this season.

Hejkova is a huge name in coaching because she also led Slovakian outfit Ruzomberok to two European crowns as well as coaching the country's national team.

"Ros Casares is a high-level team with great players," she said.

"We have to give them confidence to achieve our aim.

"It's a difficult job, but I will do my best to get success.

"We have to correct certain aspects of the game although not all the past is bad.

"The season is still long.

"The important thing is that the team is united and happy because all the players are important.

"I know the team well and I have positive energy on this new path."

Next up in the EuroLeague Women is a tie with French giants Bourges.


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