Svitek To Wisla, Hejkova Extension

24 April 2013
Hungary head coach Stefan Svitek
Stefan Svitek wil relocate to Poland in the off-season

Wisla Can-Pack are to turn to Slovakian play-caller Stefan Svitek to lead them next season, whilst another Slovakian head coach, Natalia Hejkova, has been re-signed for another year by ZVVZ USK Prague.


It's been a traumatic campaign for Wisla Can-Pack both domestically and in EuroLeague Women and the club have chosen Svitek as the man to bring back success.

Having suffered with injury problems and a terrible start to the season, Wisla looked to have turned things around by making the EuroLeague Women play-offs and grabbing a vital road win at Bourges.

A few days later, they imploded, losing their home game to Bourges and then causing a shock by parting ways with Spaniard Jose Hernandez, who had taken them to the latter stages of EuroLeague Women, both in the Final Four and Final Eight formats.

Losing the series decider on their return to Bourges, interim head coach Artur Golanski focused on the Polish championship, but things got even worse when they lost the regular season title to CCC Polkowice.

Their arch rivals routed them 4-0 to lift a historic first ever Polish Championship and complete a miserable season for Wisla.

Svitek meanwhile, was surprisingly fired last year by Good Angels Kosice, after four seasons at the helm. He subsequently moved to MBK Ruzomberok where he helped them reach the latter stages of EuroCup Women and is currently trying to shoot down his ex-employers in the Slovak Championship, with the series finely balanced 1-1 at present.

He also coached the Hungarian national team last year, but failed to punch a ticket for EuroBasket Women 2013 this summer.

Wisla Club President, Ludwik Mietta-Mikolajewicz also confirmed that their marquee player Tina Charles won't be returning to Krakow and nor will Belgian guard and former EuroLeague Women title winner, Anke De Mondt.


Natalia Hejkova will remain at the helm in Prague


Natalia Hejkova will continue holding the reins at ZVVZ USK Prague for the 2013-14 campaign, having taken up her current post a month into the current season.

Vastly experienced and one of the most respected coaches in the women's game having been appointed by a succession of major clubs, Hejkova guided USK Prague to a play-off spot in EuroLeague Women, but failed to make it to the Final Eight after being squeezed out by Galatasaray in the play-offs.

However, this time around, she will be able to use all summer to plot out a route map towards success with plenty of preparation for the new season.



French frontcourt star Sandrine Gruda will be remaining in situ in Ekaterinburg after she revealed via social media that she has penned an extension with UMMC.

Having recently won the EuroLeague Women title with the Russian powerhouse, their first in a decade, Gruda will now be charged with the task of a successful title defence when the 2014 season tips-off later this year.

She averaged 14.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per-game en route to the top of the 2013 podium.




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