British Basketball has quietly announced an internal restructuring that will see a number of senior personnel change roles in the lead-up to 2012.
In a move that is likely to come in for criticism, there is to be a switch in focus to North America with high performance manager Ron Wuotila moving his base from the UK to the United States to build closer ties with players based in the NBA and American colleges.
In his place, Warwick Cann takes on the new role of Performance Pathway Coordinator jointly funded with England Basketball – a task that includes overseeing the GB under-20 squads, as well as chairing British Basketball’s Performance Management Group made up of representatives from the three home nations of England, Scotland and Wales.
Dr Mark Gillett becomes the body’s Head of Sport Science and Medicine while the post of Commercial Director has been advertised.
Chris Spice, British Basketball Performance Director said: “This restructure has come at an important time for our organisation. We are improving year on year on the court and we have just signed a fantastic partner in Standard Life. It is now even more vital to ensure our resources are placed in the correct areas allowing British Basketball every opportunity to improve on-court performance and to grow our external revenues.”
It has also been confirmed that Nick Nurse has been reappointed as Assistant Coach of the senior GB men’s team with Ken Shields continuing as Tom Maher’s number two with the women’s side.