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2005 EuroBasket, Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro. Germany's Head Coach

Date of birth: 10/12/1957
Place of birth: Oberhausen
Club Team 2005-06: GHP BAMBERG (Germany-Bundesliga)
Career: Assistant coach - Fresno State (USA-NCAA Div. 1, 1986-88), Assistant coach - Leverkusen (Germany-Bundesliga, 1988-89), Head coach - Leverkusen (Germany-Bundesliga, 1989-98), Oostende (Belgium-BLB), Patras (Greece-A2, 1999-2000), Hagen (Germany-Bundesliga, 2000-01), Dafni (Greece-ESAKE, 2001), Bamberg (Germany-Bundesliga, 2001-06).
International career: Head coach - German National Team (1994, 2003-06).

Dirk Bauermann is a defensive-minded coach who demands his guys play hard-nosed defence while not making mistakes in an effective half-court passing game on offence. After two years as a college assistant coach in the United States, Bauermann brought glory days to Leverkusen, winning seven straight German championships in the early 1990s.

He then brought Oostende to the semi-finals of the Belgium playoffs and the semi-finals of the Korac Cup.

Three less successful jobs followed, including just a four-game stint at Greek side Dafni. In 2001, Bauermann found in Bamberg a new club willing to bring his style to their fans. And the coach's "defence is the best offence" philosophy has worked. He led a relegated-threatened team to the playoffs his first season and has turned Bamberg into one of the perennial powers in German basketball.

After finishing runners-up in 2003 and 2004, Bauermann finally brought Bamberg a title in 2005. This past season he led Bamberg to the Top 16 of the Euroleague, the first German team ever to advance from the first round. And the team lost to eventual champions RheinEnergie Köln in the semi-finals of the play-offs.

In 1994, he served as the interim German national team coach. And he took on the full-time job in 2003. With the Germans, Bauermann has forged a strong group of almost role players around his superstar forward Dirk Nowitzki. And his strategy worked as Nowitzki led Bauermann's team to the silver medal at the 2005 EuroBasket - Germany's brightest hour since winning the European championship in 1993 and the the bronze medal at the 2002 FIBA World Championship.