"Magnificent Challenge" for New Dutch Chief

22 January 2004

Glenn Pinas believes he faces a "magnificent challenge" after being unveiled as the new coach of the Dutch national side.

The Dutch Basketball Association (NBB) ended speculation by appointing Surinam-born Pinas, who has signed a two-year contract.

A well-known figure in Dutch basketball, Pinas started his coaching career while still playing in 1997 with Pokai Groningen and received five Coach of the Year awards between 1988 and 1997.

"I know I am going to be coaching one of the best bunch of players the national team has ever seen," he said.

"That on its own will be a magnificent challenge."

NBB sports co-ordinator Jan Willem Jansen said: "Glenn fits perfectly into the profile we created for the national team coach.

"He has got a great proven record, charisma and know-how for this position."

NBB Secretary General Hans Gootjes is also delighted to have secured the services of the former Weert and Groningen player.

"I am glad we found the right man for this job," said Gootjes.

"If the Dutch national team performs well, basketball in general will gain profit and that is what we need to make this great sport attractive to the public and media again."

Holland embark on their 2005 European Championship qualification campaign from September 8-25.

They will play six games facing home-and-away clashes with Bosnia & Herzegovina, Estonia and Turkey.


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