|18 January 2013|
|Dirk Bauermann is a seasoned coach with a successful track record in European basketball |
Dirk Bauermann will be in charge of the national team of a big central European country for the fifth consecutive EuroBasket when the big event tips off in September.
Only, this time, the German coach will be at the helm of Poland and not of his native country, as had been the case at every EuroBasket since 2005.
The Polish Basketball Federation (PZKosz) confirmed the agreement with the 56-year-old tactician on Thursday evening, just hours after MKF had announced they were handing the reins of the F.Y.R. of Macedonia national team to Ales Pipan.
The Slovenian coach was in charge of Poland at EuroBasket 2011 and steered them through a successful Qualification Round campaign for EuroBasket 2013 last summer.
"The agreement with coach Dirk Bauermann to work with the Polish basketball national team is our great success," PZKosz president Grzegorz Bachański said in a statement.
"He is a world-class coach, European silver medallist, World Championship and Olympic Games participant.
"We hope that he will bring a new quality to Polish basketball and that with his experience, professionalism and commitment we will be able to enjoy success at EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia in September," Bachański added.
Bauermann was first trusted with the German national team at the 1994 World Championship, stepping in for Svetislav Pesic, and returned for good in September 2004.
His second stint, that came to an end after EuroBasket 2011, will for ever be closely associated with the best years in the international career of one of the best European players of all time, his namesake Dirk Nowitzki.
Their finest hour came at EuroBasket 2005 in Serbia, when the Germans edged out Spain 74-73 in the semi-final to reach the title game, where they fell to Greece.
Bauermann broke onto the big stage in 1989, when he took over as head coach at TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen and led the team to seven Bundesliga titles in the space of nine years.
He then worked in Belgium and Greece before returning to Germany in 2001 to help construct the now dominant Brose Baskets Bamberg and add two more domestic league titles to his trophy case.
PZKosz has announced that it will present the new coach of the Polish national team to the media next week.
Poland were drawn in First Round Group C at EuroBasket 2013 and will face Georgia, the Czech Republic, Croatia, hosts Slovenia and reigning European champions Spain.