The London Lions Basketball Club would like to today announce that Head Coach, Ryan Schmidt, will be departing the club for a coaching opportunity within an NBA organisation.

This comes following a successful tenure with the club that saw the Lions win three domestic titles alongside a historic milestone in British basketball, becoming the first-ever British side to reach the playoff stages of the prestigious EuroCup last season.

Schmidt, the 2023 BBL Coach of the Year, guided the Club to a 32-4 Championship record that saw the Lions lift three domestic titles: BBL Regular Season Championship, BBL Cup, and BBL Playoff Championship. During his time as Head Coach, Schmidt successfully moulded the Lions into a cohesive unit, crafting together the league’s best statistical defence, as well as manufacturing a league high 18-game win streak. The club wishes Ryan all the best with his his future endeavours.

General Manager of the London Lions men's team, Brett Burman, said -
“We would like to thank Coach Schmidt and his family for leading the Lions this season as he left a great impact on the organisation. Being able to win three titles and guide the Club to the EuroCup playoffs was a remarkable accomplishment. He helped lay the foundation and build a championship culture which we will continue to build on. We wish him and his family the best of luck in his next coaching endeavour.”


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