The Irish Senior Men’s team will now be headed up Pete Strickland, after it was announced the American will take over as head coach from.
Strickland will hold the position for the next two seasons, his time concluding after the FIBA Small Nations European Championships in 2018.
Maryland native Strickland is no stranger to the Irish basketball scene, having played with Neptune Basketball Club in Cork from 1980-1982, where he became known for his fantastic ball handling skills and superb assists that helped send Neptune to an undefeated regular season and Top Four title.
Bringing 31 years of coaching experience into the head coach role, Strickland is now looking forward to getting things underway with the Irish men’s team.
“I’m very excited about it. It feels great to be appointed,” he said. “My heart was in it straight away, having played in Ireland in the 1980s with Neptune and I’ve been back and forth since. I love Irish basketball and have worked with many coaches and players here.
“The work itself will be challenging, and I’m looking forward to it. I can’t wait to be on the court, evaluating different players, bringing them in for training sessions, and of course, working with other coaches in Ireland. I’m excited about picking a team, it’s always a daunting task but it’s going to be fun too, and there will be a lot of work between now and then. The ultimate moment will be being on the court with the final team and being ready to go and play some teams.”
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