Chema Buceta steps down as Great Britain women's head coach

The British Basketball Federation has announced Great Britain women’s basketball Head Coach Chema Buceta is stepping down by mutual consent.

The popular Spaniard has spent eight successful years in the role.  

GB Women’s captain Temi Fagbenle said:

“I am immensely grateful to Chema for what he has brought to GB Basketball in his eight-year term as our Head Coach. He brought an infectious positivity and fresh perspective at a time we needed it the most.

“He was – and still is – a respected figure on and off the court, and he helped to create a team atmosphere one looked forward to joining each competition window.

“I am grateful for our time together, and I know he will continue to pursue his endeavours courageously, just as he reminded us – time and time again – to do on the court. Thank you, Chema!”

Fiona Pimblett, Performance Lead for the British Basketball Federation, said:  

“We would like to thank Chema for his leadership and hard work over the years, and for the commitment and energy he has devoted to British Basketball. 

He led the GB Women to an unprecedented fourth place at FIBA EuroBasket 2021, and also came within touching distance of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“Chema’s wisdom and knowhow have driven our improved position in the global rankings, and played an essential role in building the strong platform we now have for future success.” 

The recruitment process for a new Head Coach for the GB women’s team will begin in the New Year, with the assistant coaching roles to follow.