Manchester Giants legend Yorick Williams is to step aside as head coach to take on an ambassadorial role with the club.
Yorick’s final game in charge ended in victory, a 99-93 triumph over Plymouth Raiders, in which he starred as a player, scoring 25 point although it was a disappointing season for the club finishing bottom of the league.
The 41-year-old has enjoyed a 22 year career in the British Basketball League, and this season reached the surely unsurmountable feat of over 1,000 three-pointers in the British game.
For the past two seasons he has combined playing with coaching duties, and will now pass on his experience as a mentor to the club’s thriving junior and community set-ups, as well as supporting with player recruitment and education delivery says the club.
Giants CEO, John Dwan, said: “With the wealth of knowledge that Yorick has, we were determined to keep him involved in the club after he had made the decision to stop coaching, and he will be the ultimate ambassador for any young player wanting to come through and succeed at basketball in Manchester beyond.
“Both the club and Yorick are very excited about the potential of his mentor and ambassador role, and how that can impact the continuing growth of our successful community arm and commercially too.”
Recruitment efforts will be stepped up this summer, with the club having secured the appropriate Home Office licence to issue UK Sport working visas, which enables players to brought over from USA and others, subject to stipulations.