Poland Search For Bauermann's Successor

08 January 2014

EUROBASKET 2015

13. Marcin Gortat (Poland); Dirk Bauermann
Poland only recorded one win at EuroBasket 2013, dropping out after the First Round

The Polish Basketball Federation (PZKOSZ) launched on Wednesday the process of recruiting the head coach who will steer their senior national team into the EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualification Round next summer.

The move comes in the wake of an announcement by Dirk Bauermann on Tuesday that he has decided to seize negotiations with PZKOSZ to extend the contract which the two parties had signed in January 2013.

"This has been an extremely difficult and painful decision as it has been my honour to coach this great group of young men," Bauermann said in a statement released through his agent.

The 57-year-old German coach had replaced Ales Pipan at the helm of the Polish national team last winter.

A full-strength Poland arrived at EuroBasket 2013 in September with high ambitions but departed the tournament early after picking up only one win in the First Round.

"I would like to wish all success in the upcoming qualification round to the president Grzegorz Bachanski, general manager Marcin Widomski and especially to the players.

"Finally, I would like to thank the fans and the Polish media for their interest and tremendous support," Bauermann concluded.

On Tuesday, the federation stated that the managing board of the PZKOSZ will follow the recruiting process according to the regulations set out by the Polish Ministry For Sport and Tourism.

To that effect, the PZKOSZ will advertise the position and invite interested candidates to submit their application, without excluding any candidature a priori, as president Bachanski specified.

"It's not a secret that we've held talks with coach Bauermann on prolonging our co-operation and this announcement does not necessarily mean that Dirk is ruled out of coaching the Polish national team," Bachanski said.

"He [Bauermann] has the right to apply for the job, just like any other candidate."

Bauermann coached the national team of his native Germany from 2004 until 2011, following a very short stint at the 1994 World Championship, when he had stepped in for Svetislav Pesic.

His tenure at the German team was closely linked to the best years in the international career of one of the best European players of all time, Dirk Nowitzki.

Their finest hour came at EuroBasket 2005 in Serbia, when the Germans edged out Spain 74-73 in the semi-final to reach the title game, where they fell to Greece.

In March last year, two months after taking charge of Poland, Bauermann was handed the reins of Lietuvos Rytas but parted ways with the Lithuanian club in early December.

Poland are one of the nations who will try to secure a spot at EuroBasket 2015 through the 2nd Qualifying Round, which is drawn in Barcelona in February.


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