Menz Reverts To German U20 Team Coach

19.05.2014

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Germany head coach Frank Menz
Germany U20 men's head coach Frank Menz

The German Basketball Federation (DBB) announced on Monday that Frank Menz will return to his role as the head coach of the U20 national team, after a 17-month spell in charge of the senior side.

In a statement on their official website, DBB also added that there is currently no decision on the coach who will replace Menz at the helm of the senior German team, which enters the qualification race for EuroBasket 2015 in August.

"We had said after EuroBasket 2013 that ahead of the summer we would analyse thoroughly the situation of the senior men's national team," said DBB president Ingo Weiss.

"This is exactly what has happened at various levels and following a number of discussions and considerations, we decided that we want to go with another coach for the men's national team in the coming years.

"We wanted to make this decision with calm and not under pressure immediately after the end of the EuroBasket," Weiss clarified with regards to the timing of the announcement.

"Frank Menz is indisputably a great coach who celebrated success with the U20 national team but, in our opinion, was not as good a fit as we had imagined for the senior team."

Menz had taken over the reins of Germany from Svetislav Pesic in December 2012, after the veteran Serbian coach was offered the head coaching role at BEKO Bundesliga club Bayern Munich.

The move was considered a logical promotion for the 50-year-old Menz, who had joined the DBB staff in 2005 and coached the U16 and U17 teams until taking charge of the U20 side in 2011 and leading them to a fifth-place finish at the European Championship in two consecutive editions.

The former Alba Berlin player was simultaneously serving as an assistant coach on the senior German team, first on the staff of Dirk Bauermann at EuroBasket 2009 and EuroBasket 2011 and later under Pesic during the EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round.

In September's showpiece event in Slovenia, Menz had to field a squad with several high-profile absences and Germany won only two of their five first-round games, finally taking 17th place at EuroBasket 2013.

"As it turned out following our conversations with the DBB, we had different views on the direction and goals of the senior national team," Menz commented.

"For this reason, I will not coach the team in the EuroBasket qualifiers this summer.

"I will focus instead on educating and training our young players and introducing them to the professional sector.

"I see this as a major task which gives me the opportunity to create players for German basketball in the long term and create the conditions for the nation to stay competitive at the highest level internationally."

The German senior team were drawn in Group C of the EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round, which gets under way on 10 August, together with Poland, Austria and Luxembourg.

The German U20 team on the other hand is pitted against Spain, Slovenia and Serbia in first round Group B of the European Championship that tips off on 8 July in Greece.


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