Dikeoulakos To Lead Lotos Gdynia

03.01.2011

EuroLeague Women

Lotos Gdynia won't be advancing to the EuroLeague Women play-offs but the club's fans have plenty to be excited about. 

Greek coach George Dikeoulakos has been handed the reins of the famous Polish club as they look to recover from a difficult first few months of the season.

Dikeoulakos is replacing Dariusz Raczynski at the helm.

The Gdynia outfit won the PLKK title last season but were unable to re-sign a host of key players and have won just eight of their 15 games in Poland's top flight in 2010-11.

With two games remaining in the EuroLeague Women Qualifying Round, Lotos are 1-7 and bottom of Group B.

Dikeoulakos was an assistant coach with Greece at the EuroBasket Women 2009 as they snatched an unexpected fifth place to earn a trip to the FIBA World Championship for Women for the first time.

Later that summer, he served as an assistant on the Greek team that hosted and won the U20 European Championship for Men in Rhodes.

He then returned to the women's game, guiding Sony Athinaikos on an unbeaten run in Greece's top flight to that title, as well as steering the club to the Greek Cup and victory in the EuroCup Women.

Latvia's national team appointed him as their women's coach last year and despite the absence of star player Anete Jekabsone Zogota, Dikeoulakos led the team to qualification for the EuroBasket Women 2011.

That EuroBasket Women this year will be staged in Poland, where Dikeoulakos was recently on hand for the draw.

While Lotos have yet to announce the appointment, Dikeoulakos has confirmed to Basketball World News that he is taking the reins of Lotos and also said on his facebook page: "Already signed with Lotos Gdynia and ... off to Poland!"


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