Newcastle Eagles will begin the 2022-23 BBL season with a brand new head coach as Ian MacLeod steps down this summer time.
The Geordie playcaller succeeded Fabulous Flournoy three years in the past and received three trophies in his first two seasons on the helm.
MacLeod, who celebrates a 20-year affiliation with the Eagles subsequent 12 months, will transfer into a brand new function throughout the organisation when this marketing campaign involves an finish.
“I’d like to thank Ian for everything he’s done to develop the club on and off the court during the last three seasons,” stated Newcastle’s managing director, Paul Blake.
“It’s important that Ian remains part of the Eagles family and I’d like to wish him all the best ahead of starting his new position in the summer.”
The former Eagles group coach and head of the Academy is credited with enjoying a serious function within the improvement of Princeton’s 2022 Ivy League Player of the Year Tosan Evbuomwan, throughout their time with the EABL crew.
“I’ve had an incredibly rewarding and memorable three seasons in charge and I am extremely proud of what I, the team and support staff achieved throughout challenging times”, stated MacLeod.
“This season has been extraordinarily tough and we’re disillusioned to not be competing on the proper finish of the desk.
“The time is now right to look to the next project, where I am still as committed as ever to growing and improving basketball in the North East and within the club and foundation.”
MacLeod has steered Newcastle via one of the crucial difficult durations in reminiscence with the COVID affected seasons and extra just lately with sickness and damage to key gamers, coupled with the lack of the membership’s foremost sponsor, which mixed to hamper progress on and off the court docket.
But Blake added: “We have some very thrilling plans in place for subsequent season and we’re hoping to announce a few of them quickly.
“I want to thank all our supporters for being behind us via what has been the hardest season since I took over the membership in 1999.
“There have been a multitude of issues on and off court, but we can look forward to the future and a return to winning ways.”
MacLeod leads Newcastle into motion away at basement membership Surrey on Sunday and Bristol on Monday.
“It is important now that we give all of our efforts to finish the BBL season as strongly as possible”, MacLeod added.
“I wish to say massive thanks to everybody on the membership and the followers for all their help, to Paul Blake for the chance, all of the gamers and workers who had been a part of the journey.
“Lastly thanks to my (growing) family for their unwavering support. As I often say to players, there is no finish line, ‘what’s next?’”