Group C Coaches Under The Spotlight

25 January 2013

EUROBASKET 2013

Croatia Head Coach Jasmin Repeša
Is he going to lead Croatia at EuroBasket or not? Jasmin Repesa is still a question mark for this summer

Five of six coaches are locked in for Group C with questions still hanging over the head of Croatian coach Jasmin Repesa. Of those that are known, there will be eyes aplenty on them, particularly new Spanish head coach Juan Antonio Orenga and the man charged with bringing Slovenia a medal on home soil, Bozidar Maljkovic.

Dirk Bauermann is returning to EuroBasket this year, albeit with a different team. After taking charge of his native Germany at the previous four EuroBaskets, the 55-year-old has now crossed the border to start scripting a winning formula for Poland. The Poles will be hoping he enjoys the same maiden success he had with Germany, whose best finish under his leadership came in 2005, Bauermann's first year in the job.

The pressure on the shoulders of Bozidar Maljkovic is palpable, as head coach of host nation Slovenia. Playing hosts comes with some downfalls for Maljkovic, namely that as a result of failing to reach the Olympic Qualifying Tournament and not participating in EuroBasket 2013 Qualifiers, the 52-year-old's troops will arrive in Celje severely short on competitive basketball, making Malkjokvic's job a little less enviable.

Juan Antonio Orenga (Spain)
Juan Antonio Orenga will guide Spain in Slovenia for the first time as a head coach

Serving his apprenticeship under Sergio Scariolo at the previous two EuroBaskets, Slovenia provides the opportunity for Spanish understudy Juan Antonio Orenga to step into the limelight. With a number of leading Spanish players holding out on saying whether or not they will commit to the national program, the transition for Orenga into the head role may not prove to be as plain sailing as what he would have been hoping for.

Charged with taking the Czech Republic back to the Final Round of EuroBasket for the first time since 2007 is Pavel Budinsky. Coincidence or not, 2007 was also the last time that Budinsky was involved in the national team set up. Between drinks for the national team, Budinsky has been keeping himself busy coaching Decin in the Czech domestic league.

Making a second consecutive trip to the EuroBasket Final Round as head coach of Georgia is Igor Kokoskov. It has to date been a successful tenure for the Phoenix Suns assistant coach with the Georgians making significant improvements under the Serb. Taking Georgia to their maiden EuroBasket tournament in 2011, they finished a notable 11th, and following a strong qualifying campaign, will believe they can achieve a similar result again.


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