Coach Yevgen Murzin has actually been selected as the follower of Mike Fratello at the helm of the Ukrainian national team, the Basketball Alliance of the nation announced Thursday.
The 50-year-old Murzin will certainly for that reason guide the yellow-blues to EuroBasket 2015, where they will certainly play in Group D in Riga versus Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania and also hosts Latvia.
“We are almost at the finish line of one more national team cycle and there’s no time at all to make any drastic changes,” Ukrainian federation president Mikhail Brodsky told basket.com.ua, in a reminder that the visit comes only 92 days prior to EuroBasket 2015 tips off.
“We’ll see how everybody does in their locations and also will certainly make future decisions based on the result of European Championships Basketball.”.
Head of state Brodsky likewise revealed that Oleksandr Lokhmanchuk, which is Murzin’s assistant at BC Goverla, will certainly assume the exact same role on the nationwide group too.
The federation is additionally nearing an agreement with Denis Zhuravlev, a former assistant of Fratello, to continue his engagement in the mentoring personnel.
Ukraine’s new head coach is a previous worldwide gamer who participated at EuroBasket 1997 and also last fit up for Ukraine during their qualification project for EuroBasket 2001, shortly before his retired life.
Murzin’s coaching career commenced right away after retiring as a player, since he ended up being an aide on Budivelnik Kiev while he also continued to be close to the national group, by joining its training staff.
His first encounter in cost of a group standing for Ukraine came when he was relied on with training the country’s University Team, a role he preserved for 2 years.
In 2009, Murzin presumed his existing position as head coach of BC Goverla Ivano-Frankivsk.
Goverla were advertised to the Ukrainian Superleague that same year and also, under Murzin’s assistance, they reached the play-off semi-finals in 2011 and also the Ukrainian Cup last in 2013.
The Ivano-Frankivsk side contended in the Superleague this period with a virtually entirely Ukrainian lineup and also completed in 8th location, although because of the competitors system it was insufficient to make them a place in the play-offs.
Head of state Brodsky announced Fratello would certainly not continue at the helm shortly after being elected, recently.
In being accuseded of proceeding Fratello’s tradition on the national team bench Murzin has actually been handed an asking for task, as Ukraine attained their finest result under the legendary American instructor.
At EuroBasket 2013, Ukraine handled to certify to the quarter-finals for the very first time in the history of the tournament and asserted a sixth-place surface.
This gained them a maiden travel to the FIBA Basketball World Cup, last September in Spain, where they wound up taking 5th area in Group C, with two wins in 5 games.