Basketball: Vickerman links up with Sydney Kings

Dean Vickerman guided the Breakers to two grand finals in his time in charge. Photo / Jason Oxenham
Dean Vickerman guided the Breakers to two grand finals in his time in charge. Photo / Jason Oxenham

Former Breakers coach Dean Vickerman has signed as an assistant with the Sydney Kings for the next Australian NBL season.

Vickerman, who guided the Breakers to one championship and two grand finals during his three years in charge, announced during the previous campaign he would be leaving the Kiwi club and assistant Paul Henare would take the reins.

And the Breakers won't have long to wait before seeing Vickerman's familiar face on the Vector Arena sidelines, with Sydney today announcing his recruitment. Having earlier in the week confirmed Andrew Gaze as head coach, the Kings today named Vickerman and Lanard Copeland as assistants in an overhauled coaching staff.

"We are ecstatic to secure not only two of the highest profile names in the NBL, but men who have a proven track record working with the head coach," said Kings managing director Jeff Van Groningen.

Vickerman won four championships with the Breakers, having served as Andrej Lemanis' assistant during the club's three-peat, and will return to native Australia with a proven reputation.

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