|Werner Sallomon is leading the way for Austria in their bid to qualify for EuroBasket 2015|
Austria have appointed Werner Sallomon as the new head coach of their National Team programme ahead of their attempt to book a spot at EuroBasket 2015 in Ukraine this summer.
Sallomon takes over from Nedeljko Asceric, who steered Austria to a third place finish in Group C of the EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round in the summer of 2012.
The 52-year old is no stranger to the Austrian Basketball Federation (OBV), having been in charge of their U20 teams since 2009.
Sallomon was presented to the press on Tuesday, 29 January in the Grand Hotel in Vienna, only two days after winning the Austrian Cup with his Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg side, a team that also attempted to qualify for the EuroChallenge but fell short to Apollon Limassol.
The Cup triumph is the third national title in a row for Sallomon after the Championship and Supercup 2012 titles.
He also led Austria's U20 side to its biggest success to date, when they won the title of the U20 European Championship Men Division B 2010 and competed in Division A the following year.
OBV president Karl Thaller was full of praise for the freshly appointed play caller.
"[Werner Sallomon] has proven to be the best Austrian coach right now," he said.
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"[We have] a very ambitious, youthful squad, which most importantly needs a well-respected head coach, who continues his previously successful path together with us."
Together with the presentation of the new head coach, the OBV also launched the campaign "Mission 2015", to further underline their ambition to qualify their senior team for their first EuroBasket Final Round since 1977.
For this challenging quest, Sallomon can select from a host of players he has previously worked with at U20 level, including Asseco Prokom Gdynia center Rasid Mahalbasic.
Austria will take on neighbours Switzerland as well as Denmark and Luxembourg in Group C of the 1st Qualification Round to EuroBasket 2015.
If they win their group, they will have to compete in home-and-away-games with one of the three other group winners in the Semi-Finals and potentially another home-and-away match-up in the Finals for the only available space in the Final Round.