|Matthias Zollner (in the middle) next to Michael Schwarz (right) at the FECC 2011 graduation ceremony. Zollner joins the German national team coaching staff this summer |
Matthias Zollner, a member of the FIBA Europe Coaching Department, has been appointed as an assistant coach to Svetislav Pesic in the German national team's coaching staff.
Pesic, who took over the reins of the national team from Dirk Bauermann will guide Germany in the EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round this summer.
The veteran coach chose a team of three assistants, including Zollner, whom he had previously worked with in the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate (FECC) program.
Pesic is the mentor of the three-year coaching programme that includes three weeks of clinics alongside Youth European Championships, home study and a thesis.
Zollner has been involved in the programme since its start in 2007, closely working with Pesic and the other lecturers as well as with the participants.
In the process he has worked with coaches like Pablo Laso and Gordon Herbert, gaining immense experience in all aspects of modern coaching.
"I am glad it worked out this way for Matthias," said Michael Schwarz, Head of the FIBA Europe Coaching Department.
"Having worked with him in the last couple of years at FIBA Europe and also seeing how he works as a coach, I am sure he will be a great addition to the team.
For Zollner, it was a no-brainer when Pesic offered him the position.
"I feel really honoured to get an opportunity like this," he said.
"We have an exciting challenge ahead of us and I am more than looking forward to this summer.
"I am sure we will play a good campaign and qualify for EuroBasket 2013."
Having coached different teams in the Munich region for the last 10 years, Zollner will be mainly involved in scouting Germany's opponents and working on team practices.
Pesic will gather a new-look Germany roster for the first time on 11 July to prepare for a Qualification Round group featuring Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Luxembourg and Sweden.