British Basketball is pleased to announce senior women's coach Peter Buckle will head the coaching and team staff for the under-20 women's team this summer.
British Basketball appoint Peter Buckle to coach next GB generation
Buckle will take up his additional duties at the conclusion of June's qualifiers for EuroBasket Women 2015, with a view to strengthening future links between the two teams. He will be working with a young and talented age group expected to form the core group of senior internationals in the coming years.
GB's players will compete at the under-20 women's FIBA Europe Division-B Championships in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia in July. The Great Britain girls face tough opposition in the 10-team group of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Hungary, Israel, Norway, Germany, Portugal and Lithuania.
Leading youth coach Karen Burton will work as Buckle's assistant while Loughborough Riders head coach Matt Harber will join as Assistant Coach/Performance Analyst, fresh from his club lifting the England Basketball Division 1 Playoff title. Former England youth team manager Ollie Jerram will take on the team management responsibilities.
British Basketball's National Teams Director Warwick Cann said; "Peter's appointment is a great opportunity for him to assess our emerging talent with an eye for next year and the senior team's journey towards Tokyo 2020."
"There is no doubt that this opportunity to work for an extended period of both training and competition with the senior head coach will be invaluable to our players."
"To be successful on court and despite our constant challenges we must work sensibly at multiple levels with player development."
Buckle told gbbasketball.com, "I look forward to the opportunity to work with our GB youth players and coaches. Commitment to development is important to underpin longer-term success."
Following the appointment of the team staff, it is anticipated that the invited squad list will be announced in the coming weeks with the preparation camp scheduled to commence on Friday, 27 June.
The Great Britain senior women will appear at a third successive EuroBasket Women Final Round next summer and that makes for a very important 2014-15 club and college season for those candidates wanting to be on the plane to Hungary and Romania.
We caught up for a Q & A session with point guard Luke Nelson as he embarks on his second season with University of California, Irvine and having helped the under-20 team to their highest ever finish this past summer.