|11 May 2012|
|Germany head coach Svetislav Pesic is the mentor of the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate (FECC) program|
Svetislav Pesic takes a backseat to no one in the coaching profession, but even the best in the business need to have a good staff when it comes to leading sides in international competition.
Named coach of Germany's national team for the second time in his career earlier this year, Pesic now knows the men who will be his assistants as Germany attempt to qualify for EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia.
Frank Menz, Matthias Zollner, Emir Mutapcic and Marcus Linder make up the staff that will try and help Germany claim a top-two finish in a Qualification Round Group B that also includes Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Luxembourg and Sweden.
Menz received rave reviews after leading Germany to a fifth-place finish at last year's U20 European Championship in Spain.
Zollner, meanwhile, is a member of the FIBA Europe Coaching Department and has worked closely with Pesic as a part of the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate (FECC) program.
Linder is to be Germany's athletic coach.
He works for Bamberg during the season and will focus on issues related to strengthening, diet and personal training.
|Matthias Zollner of the FIBA Europe Coaching Department joins the Germany coaching staff |
Because Menz will be with Germany at the U20 European Championship from 12-22 July, Mutapic will serve as an assistant to Pesic.
Mutapic served as the Germany U20 coach from 2005-08 before Menz moved into that position.
"The decision in favour of Frank and Marcus was crucial in order to provide continuity," Pesic said in a German Basketball Federation statement.
"Both have been working within the structure of the German Basketball Federation for a long time and they know them (the players) quite well.
"I am looking forward to working with them."
Menz also coaches Germany's second senior team, which competes every two years at the World University Games.
He will begin putting the U20 side through its paces in Kiembaum, near Berlin, at their training camp next week.
The Germany second team he coaches doesn't have official competition this summer, but they will scrimmage against the U20s.