Worthing Thunder Head Coach David Titmuss has quit the club, Britball can reveal, despite leading the south coast outfit to the BBL play-offs in what turned out to be his only season in charge.
The former Great Britain wheelchair boss joined last summer from Reading Rockets and won admirers for the way the Thunder went from also-rans to fiercely competitive with recruits from both America and Eastern Europe.
"I'm very pleased to have had an opportunity to play a part in key developments at the Club, and with what we were able to accomplish as a second-year BBL franchise," he said. "I have made many friends in my short time on the south coast and although I am unable to continue I do wish everyone there the good luck for the future that they so richly deserve."
Titmuss, who had opened initial talks on a new contract, could now be a potential contender to fill the vacancy at Guildford Heat. And Worthing's chairman Frank Gainsbury, who admitted his disappointment at the decision, must now begin the search for a successor.
"I had not imagined we would be looking again so soon for a new coach but I fully understand and respect the personal reasons David has given us for not extending his appointment," he said.
"I wish David well in the future and he will always receive a very warm welcome back at the Club. His work has set the club off on a sure footing to continue to develop in the future. For that legacy and his tremendous efforts over the last year we extend our most sincere and grateful thanks."
It has already been confirmed that Lithuanian guard Evaldas Zabas has rejected a new contract at the Thunder.