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Nestor 'Che' Garcia named Argentina's new senior men’s head coach

MIAMI (United States) - The Argentine Basketball Confederation (CAB) has appointed Néstor “Che” García as head coach of their senior men’s team.

García, who has led league teams in nine different countries and four national teams, will be on the bench for the Albiceleste team for the second time in his career. In 2012, on an interim basis, he led Argentina to win the South American Championship. He was also on the coaching staff at the 2011 FIBA ​​Americas Championship. Now, he will have the responsibility of keeping Argentina (currently in 7th place in the FIBA ​​World Ranking) as one of the best teams in the world.

“Finally, it happened. This is a dream and at the same time a great responsibility, the biggest of my career. That is why I want to thank all those who have allowed me to get here and the trust of President Fabián Borro and the Board of Directors of the Confederation. And also announce that I will lead through listening, building, progressing, and surrounding myself with the best. A new cycle begins in Argentine basketball, but always respecting a legacy. I am very eager and excited to go for Argentina’s goal to remain among basketball’s elite,” García said.

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The 56-year-old began his career coaching national teams with Uruguay in 2003, but established himself with Venezuela by winning two South American Championship titles (2014 and 2016) and a FIBA ​​Americas Championship (2015), which allowed them to qualify to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. He then led the Dominican Republic to the 2019 FIBA ​​World Cup in which they made it to the second round.

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In the next few days Garcia will arrive in his home country to define his coaching staff and closely observe the national league players. His debut is expected to be on November 25 in the first window of the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023 Americas Qualifiers.