Bauermann On Final Run With Germany

31.05.2011

Basketball In Europe

Germany Head Coach Dirk Bauermann
Germany Head Coach Dirk Bauermann will concentrate on his club, Bayern Munich after EuroBasket

Dirk Bauermann will stand down as Germany coach following this summer's EuroBasket to concentrate solely on Bayern Munich.

The Germany federation have confirmed that on October 1, 2011, Bauermann will formally step down from the national team, having agreed a new three year contract with Bayern Munich.
The EuroBasket concludes on September 18.

Bauermann, 53, took over as Bayern coach last year, and immediately guided them to promotion to the Bundesliga.

The move will bring to an end Bauermann's long association with the national team, of which he has been coach since 2003. This is his second stint in charge as he also led the team at the 1994 FIBA World Championship.

"With our agreement, we have ensured that Bayern Munich's success can be continued," said DBB president Ingo Weiss after talks were held with the club over the deal.

"I would like to formally commend the commitment of Bayern Munich, in particular president Uli Hoeness and vice president Bernd Rauch, and I am quite sure that this project will be important for basketball in Germany and very special for Bayern Munich."

However, the deal will see the door left open for Bauermann to return if Germany qualify for the 2012 Olympics, as consultations will be held in September should that happen.

In his second stint as Germany coach, Bauermann's greatest success was a runners-up place at the 2005 EuroBasket, while they also finished eighth at the 2006 FIBA World Championship and fifth at the 2007 EuroBasket.

Germany finished 10th at the 2008 Olympic Games and 11th and the 2009 EuroBasket.


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