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NBL announces Andrej Lemanis as Brisbane Bullets head coach

The National Basketball League (NBL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Australian Boomers head coach Andrej Lemanis as the new head coach of the Brisbane Bullets, set to enter the competition in October 2016. A household name in Australian and New Zealand basketball, Andrej Lemanis boasts an impressive NBL resume, winning Championships as a player and coach; as well as a stellar international coaching career that includes FIBA World Championships, Olympic Games and World University Games. Most recently, Lemanis earned a Gold Medal at the FIBA Oceania series, helping the Australian national team qualify for the 2016 Olympics. Lemanis will continue to focus on the Boomers’ campaign, joining the Brisbane Bullets after the conclusion of the Rio Olympic Games. NBL General Manager Jeremy Loeliger said Lemanis’ appointment is pivotal to the Brisbane Bullets and takes a huge step in re-introducing the club to the League. “We couldn’t be happier to have Andrej join the Brisbane Bullets. He has an incredible reputation for building strong basketball programs and his involvement brings instant credibility to the club,” said Mr Loeliger. “Brisbane has been hungry for basketball and Andrej’s appointment will definitely bring a new competitive edge to the NBL next season, and we know the city will embrace him.” Lemanis brings extensive experience to the third Queensland-based NBL team, having previously coached the New Zealand Breakers from 2005 – 2013. It was with the Breakers that Lemanis earned his place in NBL history books, as just the second coach to ever win three consecutive titles (after Brian Goorjian) from 2011 – 2013. The two-time NBL Coach of the Year is looking forward to returning to the League as part of the Brisbane Bullet franchise. “It’s a very exciting opportunity to be part of this long-awaited return. The Bullets name is a fantastic brand within the community, the sport at grassroots in Queensland is thriving and I’m really proud to be part of bringing NBL basketball back to Brisbane,” said Lemanis. “I look forward to putting a team together – starting from scratch is a big challenge, but I’m confident we will be able to recruit a line-up that is capable of competing in the NBL and one that the people of Brisbane will be proud to support. A commitment to, and connection with, the community will be key.” Lemanis is currently enjoying his role as a game analyst and commentator for FOX SPORTS Australia for the 2015/16 NBL season while fulfilling his national commitments.
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