Czechs To Soon Appoint Women’s Coach; Men’s Job Vacant


The Czech Republic expect to appoint a coach for their women's team by October 19, when the country's basketball federation holds a board meeting.

Women's team boss Milan Veverka and his staff were let go in August, leaving the host nation for next year's FIBA World Championship for Women with  hugely important positions to fill.

According to media reports, 12 coaches from home and abroad have put their names forward to coach the women's team.

Michal Jezdik, meanwhile, presided over the men's team for the past two years and that period ended in a major disappointment with the Czechs relegated to Division B.

Jezdik's contract expired this week and he was not offered a new one.

Former national team star and NBA center Jiri Zidek, who is a vice president of the basketball federation, said of the men's job: "We will follow the standard process.

"We will initiate a selection process in order for us to then choose the best possible candidate for the job.

"Of course Michal Jezdik is welcome to put his name forward, too."

Perhaps more significantly for men's basketball is the expected revamp of the men's top flight in the Czech Republic.

The federation has announced its desire to have a men's league with 14 teams from 2011 with the aim of making the competition more attractive and to help teams improve.

The long-term objective is to have a team in the Euroleague, which would allow some of the country's leading players to face tougher competition on a more regular basis and thus make them more battle-hardened when national team games are played.

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