|Alan Ibrahimagic is taking over as head coach of the German U16 men's national team|
The German Basketball Federation (DBB) has announced Alan Ibrahimagic as new head coach of the U16 men's national team.
Ibrahimagic is taking over from Harald Stein, who was appointed new head coach of Germany's U20 men's national team a month ago.
The 35-year-old Ibrahimagic has made a name for himself in German youth basketball, coaching amongst others Berlin-based youth teams IBBA and ALBA, as well as being an assistant coach of the German U20 men's team from 2007-09.
In 2011, the play caller signed on as assistant coach at German BEKO BBL side ALBA Berlin, before joining the coaching staff of fellow BEKO BBL team Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg last summer.
Ibrahimagic will finish the season with the club and then focus on his new role at the DBB.
"It is a great honour and opportunity to work full-time for the DBB," Ibrahimagic commented.
"I have always been gladly engaged in youth basketball; and I hope that I can help German youth basketball to stay on the right path internationally.
"I have been in touch with the DBB in the past as an U20 assistant coach to Emir Mutapcic and Henrik Rödl, and have also spoken to Frank Menz.
Menz, who will lead Germany at the EuroBasket in Slovenia, is convinced that Ibrahimagic is a good choice for the position.
"Alan has proved over several years that he is an excellent youth coach. I am happy with his appointment and look forward to our cooperation," Menz stated.
Ibrahimagic's first task will be the upcoming U16 European Championship in Ukraine, from 8-18 August.
Germany will face reigning champions Turkey, as well as Lithuania and Sweden in first round group B.