BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|American guard/forward Rickey Paulding has been a steady fixture at EWE Baskets for the last five seasons and he plans to stay around for more |
Stefan Koch has done a fine job at the helm of Artland Dragons this season in Germany and the EuroChallenge, so the club has rewarded him with an extension.
The head coach has a new deal that will keep him in Quakenbrück through the end of the 2012-13 campaign.
Artland made it to the EuroChallenge Quarter-Finals, where they were beaten by eventual champions Besiktas Milangaz, and also competed in the BBL Top Four, finishing third.
In Germany's BEKO BBL, Artland came in fourth in the regular season.
They will take on FC Bayern in the first stage of the play-offs.
Koch, who joined the team in the summer of 2010, says he feels right at home with Artland.
"The collaboration with all the Dragons stakeholders is extremely pleasant," he said.
"It starts with the Kollman family, continues with (Dragons CEO) Alexander Meilwes and the crew at work, with my two co-trainers (Tyron McCoy and Martin Schiller) who are for me the best coaches in the league, and our fans."
Meilwes says that Koch is well-liked as a coach, and a person.
"It's no secret that we're very pleased with the sporting success," Meilwes said.
"I'm glad that we have Stefan Koch for another season."
The club has also announced that assistant coaches McCoy and Schiller have contract extensions that run into next summer.
EWE BASKETS RETAIN PAULDING'S SERVICES
Ricky Paulding has signed a two-year contract extension with EWE Baskets, another German team that competed in the EuroChallenge this season.
Named Oldenburg's Sportsman of the Year in 2011, Paulding is a fan favorite.
"My family and I feel very comfortable here, and I am already very excited about the new season," said Paulding, a 1.95m guard/forward who averaged 10.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in the EuroChallenge this season.
His most memorable game came against Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada in the opening group stage on 15 November when the 29-year-old drilled six of seven shots from behind the arc and finished with a game-high 24 points.
"I am very happy that we have been able to agree so quickly," said EWE Baskets managing director Hermann Schüller.
"Rickey has just as in previous years proved to be a reliable and hard working player.
"He embodies values such as respect, discipline and total dedication.
"He has become not just for the fans in the region an absolute role model, but enjoys recognition among basketball fans throughout the league."
EWE Baskets finished two spots out of the play-off zone in 10th place.