Poland Announce Youth Teams' Coaches

21.03.2013

YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Polish Basketball Federation (PZKosz) has announced the composition of their youth national teams' coaching staff for the upcoming summer.

Mariusz Niedbalski of Trefl Sopot continues at the helm of the U20 Men's team and will steer Poland in their quest to earn promotion from the U20 European Championship Division B, that takes place in Romania in July.

Poland came within a whiff of achieving that goal in last summer's edition of the Division B championship, their first with the 36-year-old coach in charge, but they fell 78-70 to Bulgaria in the decisive second-round-game and missed out on a top-four finish that would have secured them promotion to Division A.

Krzysztof Szablowski and Tobiasz Grzybczak who are Niedbalski's assistants at Sopot, will assume the same role at the U20 national team.

The U18 Polish side faces a similar challenge this summer, after being relegated at the 2012 European Championship in Latvia and Lithuania.

Arkadiusz Miloszewski
Arkadiusz Miloszewski is entrusted with the task of leading Poland's U18 back into Division A

PZKosz has trusted Arkadiusz Miloszewski with the task of restoring the team's Division A status, through guiding Poland to a podium finish at the U18 European Championship Division B that takes in F.Y.R. Of Macedonia from 18 to 28 July.

Miloszewski, who is a graduate of the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate (class of 2011), had succeeded in keeping Poland's U16 side in Division A last summer, leading them to a sixth-place finish at the U16 European Championship, with four victories in their nine games in the tournament.

His assistant last summer, Bartlomiej Przelazly, also follows him from the U16 to the U18 team.

Miloszewski's role at the helm of the U16 team will be filled by veteran coach Jerzy Szambelan.

The 65-year-old tactician has had a lengthy career, with his latest role at a Polish youth national team coming in 2011, when the led the U18 side to the quarter-finals of the European Championship that took place on home soil, in Wroclaw.

A coach that has connected her name with Poland's youth women teams meanwhile, Iwona Jablonska, will return to take the reins of the U20 Women's team for a fourth consecutive U20 European Championship Women in this year's edition that tips off in Turkey only four days after the final of EuroBasket Women 2013 in France.

Roman Skrzecz will be in charge of the U18 women's national team, while Maciej Gordon was handed the reins of the U16s, after having worked in the past as assistant at the U18 team.

PZKosz had previously confirmed that Jacek Winnicki, the head coach of Polish club CCC Polkowice who reached the Final Eight of EuroLeague Women, will continue at the helm of the women's senior national team as they compete in EuroBasket Women 2015 1st Qualification Round next summer.

 

POLAND POSITIVE ON BAUERMANN'S VILNIUS ROLE

PZKosz president Grzegorz Bachanski meanwhile has commented favourably on Dirk Bauermann's appointment as head coach of Lietuvos Rytas until the end of the current season, which was announced by the Vilnius club on Wednesday.

The German coach agreed with PZKosz in January to lead the Polish national team at EuroBasket 2013, replacing Slovenian tactician Ales Pipan at the helm.

"Virtually every coach that is working with a national team is also at a club," Bachanski said.

"The Polish national team will begin preparations for September's EuroBasket in the second half of July and all leagues finish much earlier.

"Besides, Bauermann has in the last months devoted a lot of time to better understanding Polish basketball.

"I am convinced that his work at the club will serve as an addittional stimulus to our coach and also have a positive impact on our staff," the PZKosz president concluded.


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