|Frank Menz takes over from Svetislav Pesic as the new Germany head coach|
The German Basketball Federation (DBB) monitored developments closely last week as FC Bayern Basketball unveiled their new head coach.
The Munich powerhouse announced they were handing the reins to Svetislav Pesic, the multi-winning coach who had returned to the German national team before last summer's EuroBasket Qualification Round.
The appointment meant that Pesic, in accordance with BEKO Bundesliga regulations, was instantly seizing to be the head coach of Germany and would not lead the 'eagles' to EuroBasket 2013.
DBB said that they would examine candidates and announce the name of his successor soon.
It took the federation just over a week's time to decide they didn't have to look very far for the best man for the job.
On Thursday morning, the DBB announced at a press conference in Frankfurt that they have appointed Frank Menz as the new head coach of the senior German national team.
"Frank Menz has developed in a great manner within the DBB and proven, that he is perfectly fit for a demanding job like this,"stated DBB President Ingo Weiß.
Menz is not widely known outside of Germany but is in no need of an orientation course on his first day on the job, or indeed when the big event tips off in Slovenia in September.
He has already served as an assistant to former head coach Dirk Bauermann at both EuroBasket 2009 in Poland and EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania.
"I know that coaching the [German] men's team is not an easy task, but I am highly motivated to make the best out of it," commented Menz.
"I will quickly make contact with the players, who I know very well already."
A native of Berlin, Menz retired as a player at Alba in 1993, although he later had a short spell as player-coach at SSV Einheit Weißenfels (now Mitteldeutscher BC).
The 48-year-old started his coaching career at Wemex Berlin in 1994 and joined the DBB coaching staff in 2005.
He was at the helm of the U16 and U17 teams until 2010 and was then trusted with the reins of the U20 side in 2011, leading them to a fifth-place finish at the European Championship in two consecutive years.
After the U20 European Championship in Slovenia last summer, he joined Pesic's senior national team coaching staff for the EuroBasket Qualification Round.