Former Great Britain player named head coach

Former Great Britain international Nate Reinking has been appointed as their new head coach ahead of the EuroBasket 2021 pre-qualifiers, starting in August.

Reinking replaces Alberto Lorenzo, who stepped down as playcaller ahead of GB’s qualifying games against Luxembourg and Kosovo.

The winner from that group advances to the qualifiers to face Germany, France and Montenegro in Group G. The two remaining sides face two years of international darkness.

“The Great Britain national team has been a huge part of my life and career not only as a player but as a coach,” Reinking said.

“I was fortunate to play for and work under great coaches like Chris Finch, Joe Prunty, and Alberto Lorenzo who have all made a significant impact on my coaching philosophy and taught me the business.”

Before his foray into coaching, the 45-year-old Ohio native spent 10 seasons as a player in the British Basketball League for Leicester Riders, Derby Storm, Sheffield Sharks and Mersey Tigers along with stints in Belgium.

Reinking also represented Great Britain, making his debut in 2006 against Slovakia, going on to play at the 2012 London Olympics.

He won 80 caps for GB, averaging 9.7 points a game, shooting 37.6% from the field.