Kapoulas to lead Great Britain U20s Men’s team this summer

Andreas Kapoulas has been given the green light to lead the Great Britain U20s Men’s team this summer.

An Assistant Coach for the last two years with the U20s side, including 2014 when they achieved their best ever finish of 11th place, the play-caller will make the step up to Head Coach for this year’s programme.

Kapoulas also brings experience from being at the helm of England’s U15s from 2010 to 2011 and the U16s during 2012 and 2013, with some of those same players now likely to compete for U20 spots alongside candidates from Scotland and Wales.

Also renowned for his work in the BBL (British Basketball League) as Head Coach of Bristol Flyers, Kapoulas landed the Molten BBL Coach of the Year accolade during the club’s maiden season after sealing a Play-Off spot at the first attempt.

“I’m very honoured to be the head coach of the U20s,” said Kapoulas in the wake of his appointment.

“We have an exciting summer ahead of us and I really look forward to working with the players, coaching staff and everyone involved with British Basketball.

“Being with the U20s for the past two years under Douglas Leichner and working with James Vear has been a great experience and I will do my utmost to maintain the high standards of the programme.

“To be able to coach a national team is the highest honour you can have in any sport and it’s a great opportunity, which I’m really excited about it.”

Meanwhile Vear is to continue as an Assistant Coach for a fourth successive year, and it’s a move which has left Kapoulas delighted.

He added, “James is a very experienced coach and we work very well together.

“Having him back is great for the programme and it ensures further continuity.”

The U20 European Championship Division B will take place in Chalkida, Greece between 15-24 July.

GB have been drawn in Group C with Netherlands, Kosovo, Ireland, Albania and the host nation.

Source: GB Basketball
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