Basketball Australia is proud to announce three-time National Basketball League Championship-winning coach Andrej Lemanis as the new Head Coach of the Australian Boomers.
As part of the new full-time role, Lemanis will also become the Head of the Men's Program at the Basketball Australia National Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
Lemanis brings a solid understanding of the national program, having served as an Assistant Coach to former Boomers Head Coach Brett Brown at the 2010 FIBA World Championships and 2012 London Olympic Games.
The 44-year-old comes into the role fresh from securing a third consecutive NBL Championship with the New Zealand Breakers - becoming just the second coach in the League's history to achieve the feat.
Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Kristina Keneally congratulated Lemanis on his appointment and said she looked forward to seeing him drive the Boomers forward on the road to the 2014 FIBA World Championships and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
"In Andrej, we have a coach with an inherent understanding of the men's national team program and a winning pedigree," Ms Keneally said.
"What he has achieved during his time with the New Zealand Breakers is nothing short of remarkable – creating a culture of success that has led to three consecutive NBL Championships.
"In his time with the Boomers, Andrej has earned the respect of the players and has made a significant impact on the development of the program.
"We expect that the Boomers will go into the 2016 Rio Olympics with the strongest squad to date and their strongest chances yet of winning a medal - particularly with the increased resources we're putting behind them.
"We're pleased Andrej will be at the helm full-time as the Boomers program moves forward over the next four years."
Lemanis said: "I am honoured and humbled to be given the opportunity to lead the Boomers during this Olympic cycle.
"The foundation laid by Brett over the last four years has placed the team in a great position.
"We have a core group of players who are all committed to the program and are excited about the future. The experience we have gained together over the past four years will serve us well as we move forward.
"It is an exciting time for Australian Basketball as we start to change the elite development landscape. I look forward to working with all the passionate people involved with basketball to achieve a program all Australians can be proud of.
"I appreciate the responsibility to get the process right, but am excited by the challenges that lay ahead.
"I thank Basketball Australia for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. I look forward to the journey ahead of us."
Prior to his eight seasons with the Breakers, the team were bottom of the NBL ladder and had never competed in an NBL Grand Final Series. 8 years later, Lemanis has led the Breakers to three premierships and has established a winning program which is the envy of the League.
Prior to his time in Auckland, Lemanis served as an Assistant Coach with the Townsville Crocodiles for seven seasons starting in 1998.
A member of the South East Melbourne Magic NBL Championship team in 1992, Lemanis also enjoyed a playing career at the NBL level, before taking up several coaching roles in the Victorian Basketball Association and later serving as an Assistant Coach at the Geelong Supercats.
Lemanis continues a fine tradition of coaches with experience in the NBL to graduate to Boomers Head Coach, including Brian Goorjian, Phil Smyth, Barry Barnes, Lindsay Gaze and most recently Brett Brown.
The Boomers Head Coach selection panel – chaired by Basketball Australia's General Manager of High Performance, Steven Icke – included five-time Olympian and BA Board Member Andrew Gaze, three-time NBA Champion and Boomers great Luc Longley, legendary WNBL and 2006 FIBA World Championship-winning coach Jan Stirling and AFL premiership coach Paul Roos.
Lemanis has been contracted through to the completion of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, with a full performance review to take place at the completion of the 2014 FIBA World Championships.
Andrej Lemanis - Background Information
- Australian Boomers Assistant Coach (2009-2012)
- 2012 London Olympic Games
- 2010 FIBA World Championships
- Oceania Qualifying Series 2009 and 2011
- New Zealand Breakers (NBL) Head Coach (2005-2012)
- NBL Champions 2011, 2012, 2013
- NBL Coach of the Year 2012, 2013
- NBL All-Star South Team Head Coach (2012)
- Australian U21 Men's Team Assistant Coach (2004)
- Townsville Crocodiles (NBL) Assistant Coach (1998-2005)
- Geelong Supercats (NBL) Assistant Coach (1996)