British Wheelchair Basketball’s Dan Price, Interim Lead Coach (Women), announces his decision to leave the GB performance programme.
Late last week Dan Price confirmed his departure from British Wheelchair Basketball following an incredible four-year tenure to the GB coaching team. Appointed as GB Women’s Assistant Coach in 2016, in the proceeding four year’s Dan has been instrumental in supporting the development of the GB women’s programme to its now widely recognised world class status.
Dan transitioned to the position of Interim Lead Coach (Women) in October 2019 with a firm focus of leading the national squad into the Tokyo Paralympic Games. The GB Women’s team are undoubtedly a firm favourite to achieve their first podium finish at the Games, having secured silver medals at the 2018 World Championships and 2019 European Championships.
Dan joined British Wheelchair Basketball following an extensive wheelchair basketball coaching career in the United States. He shared his difficult decision directly with the GB Women’s team on Friday via video conferencing from his family home in the States.
Commenting on behalf of British Wheelchair Basketball, Jayne Ellis Performance Director added:
“Dan has been a vital contributor to the sustained success of our GB Women’s team over the last four years. He has brought to British Wheelchair Basketball international coaching knowledge and insight. He has always been resolute and consistent in his passion to develop a world leading women’s programme.
“I cannot express deeply enough our gratitude to Dan for the dedication and commitment he has shown – I am sure the whole sport in the UK will join me in wishing Dan every success in his future career.”
Dan Price added:
“During such challenging and uncertain times as we are now encountering, the physical distance from my family and loved ones has never felt so great. Undoubtedly the last few months has been a time of reflection and the need to be nearer those close to me has certainly become more of a priority.
“I will be truly sad to leave British Wheelchair Basketball and I have developed firm friendships within the team there. I also take with me memories and successes that I will treasure always.
“I have no doubt the GB Women’s Team will realise the Paralympic success they so rightfully deserve in Tokyo, and I will be very proud to have been part of their incredible journey.”
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