Plymouth Raiders chairman Bob Widdecombe has revealed that the club have received over 20 applications for their head coaching vacancy since it was announced incumbent Gary Stronach was quitting the post at the end of the season.
The Devon outfit, who missed the BBL play-offs, have seen expressions of interest from all over the world, including ex-national team bosses - and a leading female coach from Brazil.
“We have to temper our excitement with the importance of appointing the right person for the job,” added Widdecombe. “There’s an awful lot to consider, and the last thing we want is someone who comes in for a year, and is gone again, leaving us to go through the recruitment process again this time next year. We’re determined to get back among the BBL’s elite teams, so we’ll be talking to the coaches that we decide to shortlist about how they would go about building a team for the medium to long term, and their contacts within the game.
"As it is with players, it’s important that we get a good person, as well as a good coach. We have a fantastic reputation throughout the UK and our own franchise area here in Devon and Cornwall, so it’s important to us that this is maintained and even built on.”
Plymouth will hold a board meeting on Thursday to discuss how to fill the club's first coaching vacancy in over a decade.