Manchester Giants are pleased to announce the appointment of Vince Macaulay as Head Coach and General Manager for the 2022/23 season.

 

The former London Lions coach, general manager and owner brings a wealth of experience to the Giants.

It’s been seven months since Macaulay coached at Lions and the new Giants’ play-caller is clearly excited to return to the game:

“I’m delighted to have this opportunity to restructure Giants and to coach them during the coming season” he said. “I’m so happy to be back in BBL basketball, as everyone knows it’s in my blood. I looked around and there’s only two black coaches in the league, so I’m happy to push that number up on our way to hopefully some wins.”

Having played in the forerunner of the BBL, Macaulay acquired Lions when they were based in Hemel Hempstead, relocating them to Milton Keynes in 1997, before taking them to the Olympic Park in London following the 2012 Olympics.

He led Lions to the BBL title in 2018/19, the BBL Trophy in 2020/21 and the BBL Cup in both 2007/8 and 2018/19, as well as collecting 11 runners-up spots across the four competitions. His success with the Lions in 2007/08 season saw him named as BBL coach-of-the-year, a feat repeated in 2019.

Macaulay, who has also worked on Sky Sports’ BBL coverage, knows that making Giants a success long term will be a big job: “There’s a lot of work to do now. I’m looking to talk to last season’s players – especially Dan Clark. We have some exciting signings to announce”.

The goal is to put a very competitive team together and build on last season’s success.

“I’m really looking forward to coaching at the National Basketball Performance Centre, it’s a great venue where they put basketball first and it’s in a city with a true basketball culture. A number of high-profile businesses in the city have already expressed an interest in getting behind us off the floor”.

“I’m massively excited to get back to coaching and looking to build a great team who can bring success to the Giants.”

Player news is expected imminently whilst tickets and further details around our games will come out nearer the season start.

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