Both on and off the pitch, BBC coburg enters its second season in the 2. Basketball bundesliga prob sud. On thursday evening, as already reported, the vestadt team presented its new team in front of and behind the scenes as part of an information evening at its main sponsor brose.
Despite tropical temperatures, numerous representatives of politics, sponsors and the press, as well as other friends and supporters of the coburg basketball team, took the opportunity to feel the heat in the somewhat cooler premises of brose, true to the BBC motto "feel the heat", and to find out in detail about the basketball team’s plans for the future.
Frank maier, commercial director at brose’s coburg site, emphasized that his employer would continue its commitment to the BBC and that the off-season, which did not go according to plan from a sporting point of view, had not changed anything about the cooperation with regard to medium-term goals.
Manuel "bobby fischer, former managing director of BBC coburg spielbetriebs gmbh, immediately went into medias res and described the new structure in the background, with the help of which the club would like to position itself even more professionally in the future.
The "absolute wishful thinking
First, the changes provide for the installation of a six-member supervisory board, which will henceforth have an overriding control function. In addition to fischer himself, who is the chairman, the committee includes BBC chairman wolfgang hornlein and frank maier as well as architect peter kammerscheid (deputy chairman), notary dr. Jan heisel and the lawyer klaus martin are high-caliber coburg personalities, most of whom have a basketball background. That’s how dr. Heisel has already had to deal with the rough dirk nowitzki on the field, while kammerscheid was active in kronach’s second league days and, among other things, dueled with the new BBC head coach ulf schabacker at the time.
"An independent control body, in which the interests of our sponsors are also represented, was very important to us, especially in view of the constantly growing economic demands", fischer, the new chairman of the supervisory board, commented on the move.
His previous task as managing director of the outsourced BBC coburg spielbetriebs gmbh is taken over by wolfgang gremmelmaier, an "absolute dream come true that we could not have imagined any better", as matthias haufer, sporting director of the upper franconia team, put it in his introductory remarks. Born in swabia, he was a member of the board of directors of VR-bank coburg from 2003 to 2017 and will now officially bring his excellent networking in the region and his business know-how to the basketball team.
"When I was still on the other side as a sponsor representative, the contact with the responsible persons of the BBC was always pleasant and binding at the same time. That’s why it was obvious for me to use the time I had after my retirement for this association", the 65-year-old former table tennis and handball player is looking forward to his new task, which he sees above all in "guaranteeing the economic solidity of the project, supporting the expansion of the youth area, and helping to achieve ambitious goals in the medium term."
The new manager is not keen on taking up the orange leather himself: "with individual training, something might still be possible, but i’ve reached an age where it’s safer to do the things you already know how to do."
Gremmelmaier prefers to leave the action on the pitch to the team, for which a new head coach has been brought in in the person of the experienced ulf schabacker. The head of training, who is very well known in upper franconia, is also no longer a youngster, but does not see any problem in this. "Coaches of advanced age are currently experiencing a renaissance with jupp heynckes or aito reneses at ALBA berlin – that’s probably why the coburg club approached me", the former breitengubbacher commented on his change of location with a wink of the eye. And then add with a much more serious expression: "i wanted to try to get the best out of the squad and to develop the boys, some of whom i already know from the bamberg youth program. My keywords are emotionality, authenticity and intensity. If the team becomes a conspiratorial bunch, we will achieve our season goal of avoiding the relegation round by participating in the playoffs. At any rate, the first units are encouraging."
The personnel situation at the prob-league team is also encouraging: in addition to the already introduced wing players daniel krause and kevin franceschi, a further new acquisition was exclusively presented on thursday in the form of the u.S. Player jason penn.
The brawny forward from michigan is expected to use his athleticism and agility to remedy the coburg team’s notorious weakness in rebounding. "I was impressed by how mature he already looks at the age of 22. His game is clear and efficient", according to sport director haufer. There are also two long-term contract extensions to report: guard steffen walde will stay at the itz for another two years, forward christopher wolf even for an additional three years. "We feel at home here and can hardly imagine not playing in coburg anymore. On the one hand, the program has huge potential for the future, but on the other hand, the value we experience here also played a major role in our decision to choose the BBC. Long-term offers and continuity are notoriously uncommon in basketball, especially after a weak round", both stated almost in unison. An estimation of value that was immediately jokingly curbed by the new man on the sidelines: "i’m a bit disappointed by the development of one or the other; some things have to change for me, schabacker taunted and goaded his future protegees in equal measure.
BBC COBURG also has more and more proteges to report in the youth sector. "Not least thanks to the excellent work of johannes wunder and yasin turan, who ensure that there is a real interface between the first men’s team and the substructure, which not many clubs have to offer", female matthias haufer about the value of the two guarantors of success, who have also extended their employment contracts by three years. Wunder, who in the future will also be increasingly responsible for personnel and concept development, is approaching the next steps with a great deal of anticipation and commitment: "it’s great to experience the growth of the club and at the same time to be able to help shape it." His coach colleague turan agreed, but formulated it a little more in line with the new generation: "i’m really up for what’s coming!"
At the end of an entertaining and informative evening, new managing director gremmelmaier commented on media reports concerning a rumored possibility for BBC coburg to compete in the higher proa league: "it is true that this scenario was discussed and we are honored that wolfgang heyder, an absolute basketball expert, thought we could make this jump. However, this feat would not have been economically, athletically or logistically possible in the short time available. On top of that, it had made the sport absurd when a sporting relegated to the fourth league suddenly gets into the second league through the backdoor. That is why we have chosen the more logical and presentable option prob. This is the right division for us at the moment, and we must first prove that we meet the requirements there before we can aim higher."