The Basketball Federation of India (BFI), in collaboration with IMG-Reliance and the Union Sports Ministry, has hired three American coaches to guide the National men's and women's teams.
In a release issued here on Tuesday, the BFI stated that Kenny Natt, Pete Gaudet and Zak Penwell, professionals associated with the NBA and with rich experience, would take care of Indian basketball.
Natt, with 13 years of coaching experience with the NBA, will be head coach of the men's team while Gaudet will be the head coach for the women's national team. Among others, Natt had coached the NBA superstar LeBron James.
Penwell, an experienced strength and conditioning coach will work with both the men's and women's teams. The three experts will be based in Delhi.
It was also announced that the three professionals would be training and guiding the Indian coaches, apart from working towards youth development.
“We are excited beyond words to bring on board these three incredible coaches, who will play a critical role in helping us achieve our vision of growing basketball in India by developing and showcasing the best player and coaching talent in the country,” said Harish Sharma, the Chief Executive Officer of the BFI. Bill Harris and Tamika Raymond had taken care of the Indian teams last year. — Special Correspondent