Following the departure of Jeff Jones, Manchester Giants have appointed British Basketball League (BBL) legend Yorick Williams as the new head coach for the 2015/16 season. The Giants player coach has not wasted any time either, in outlining that he will be “a listening coach” but still require hard work from his players.
Williams, the 6ft5 Guard, is one of the most prolific players from the British Basketball scene, having scored over 6,200 points for six teams. Having played for the Giants in two spells, Williams takes control with immediate effect.
“We feel it’s a natural progression for Yorick to be the Giants’ new head coach. He has over 600 professional games under his belt, has won many basketball titles and he has worked with many great coaches”, Giants CEO John Dwan, Giants said.
Veteran head coach and club legend Jones stepped aside from the lead role at the city’s elite basketball club.
The 39-year old Giant has represented his country with both the England national team and the Great Britain team in his career. “I’m committed and it is all about building,” he said. “That is the key word, ‘building’”.
Popular amongst Giant and BBL fans, Williams has a reputation as a fiercely competitive player. “Players can talk to me, give their opinion and that will be welcomed and valued”, he said before continuing, “There is a bright future for all of us if we work hard together and it starts now”.
Jones stepped aside from the role of head coach on Monday 18 May, before Williams stepped onto the role.
A favourite amongst players, Giants fans and right across the game, Williams “ought to have both our deep thanks and the widest recognition for his commitment and contribution”, Dwan said.