Having been confirmed as Levett Essex Leopards’ head coach for 2017/18, Thomas Baker is raring to go:
“It’s a great feeling for me right now,” he said “I thoroughly enjoyed the four games I had at the end of this season with Leopards, and I felt like even though we didn’t get the results we needed that we are still capable of competing at the Division One level.
“It was a great experience to see what basketball is like in Division One and having been involved in national teams previously I was no stranger to scouting and the detail that must go into preparation before these games. The feeling at the end of the season was we all wanted more games together so to know that I will be coming back next year is great.
“Preparation for next season starts now. It is important we are all aware of the task ahead and whilst I feel we can get promoted straight away back to Division One, no one is going to come out and roll over next season, so we must have a good off-season and hit the ground running in pre-season and be ready to come together and compete in every single game.
“Players must be ready to be held accountable to the decisions they make and also we must all work together collectively to continue to improve each and every game.
“The team behind the scenes at Leopards have done an outstanding job building a fantastic team and matchday environment over a number of years now and being a highly ambitious coach I can’t wait to carry on that work. it is going to be a pleasure to lead the team during next year in Division Two and I am confident we will be back where we belong in no time.
“I want to help the club bring back performances that will excite the fans and continue to raise the profile of what is already a well established club in the British game.”
There’s one more chance to watch Leopards under their new coach when Oaklands Wolves are the visitors to the Brentwood Centre on Sunday April 9,Oaklands Wolves are the visitors to the Brentwood Centre on Sunday April 9, There are still a few places left on the pre-game coaching clinic (2-3.30pm), so book today!