Leeds Force today announce the appointment of Danny Nelson as the club’s new head coach. Coach Nelson replaces Mika Turunen who has left the club with immediate effect.
Nelson joins Force after a season as Head Coach with Giants Nordlingen in Germany’s Men’s Pro B basketball league. This comes after a spell as Assistant Coach for Kirchhiem Knights in Germany’s Pro-A and with MHP Ludwigsburg in the top tier of German basketball, the Beko-Bundesliga, where Nelson was also Head Coach of Ludwigsburg’s U19 Men’s National League team.
Nelson also brings international experience to Leeds having been a video scout for the Australian Men’s National Team whilst also being a Development Coach and an Assistant Coach on the Perth Wildcats over a three year period culminating with their 2013/14 championship season in the NBL.
The Irishman is excited to be taking the helm of Leeds Force saying “I would like to express my gratitude to Scott Carter for appointing me. It is an honour to join this community. From myself and on behalf of the team I would like to acknowledge the extensive work that has been carried out to-date by all players, supporters, sponsors, volunteers, coaches, medical staff, management, and all members of the club both current and past. We will solidify as a unit over the next few weeks. We will work diligently to deliver an excellent experience for our supporters and we are eager to provide competitive, exciting and successful basketball that our fans can be proud of. I look forward to meeting all the Force Community and I wish everybody and enjoyable and healthy season”
Leeds Force Managing Director, Scott Carter, is pleased to have a new coach in place saying “Firstly I would like to thank Mika for his work but it was a situation that wasn’t going to work out and it was much better for us to make a change as soon as possible rather than make do. Danny has brought a fresh approach to the team and really rejuvenated the playing roster. It will take time for him to stamp his authority on how we play but I am confident that in the long run it is the right decision for us to have a successful season.”
Force’s season starts this Friday at the Carnegie Sports Arena where they welcome the Newcastle Eagles. Discounted tickets for this opening game are available through the club’s website, with limited tickets available on the door.