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Creon Raftopoulos named new Surrey Scorchers coach

Creon Raftopoulos named new Surrey Scorchers coach

Scorchers is proud to announce that former Guildford and Surrey Heat coach Creon Raftopoulos will lead the brand new franchise in the British Basketball League (BBL).

Scorchers is proud to announce that former Guildford and Surrey Heat coach Creon Raftopoulos will lead the brand new franchise in the British Basketball League (BBL).

The former Guildford and Surrey Heat coach began his first season in the British Basketball League (BBL) in 2010, taking his side on three consecutive play-off runs.
 
His final season in charge saw Raftopoulos secure his best BBL finish to take, including a Championship Play-off semi-final after finishing 4th during the regular campaign and Cup and Trophy quarter-final appearances.
 
Creon returns to the BBL after a two season hiatus, in which time he turned his attentions to community development including playing a role including the introduction of Walking Basketball around the country.
 
Following his signing, Raftopoulos said: “I am really excited to take up this position with Surrey Scorchers and get back to coaching in the BBL.
 
“We’ve got some great plans to develop a club built around community engagement that is both successful and sustainable, something that Surrey has been crying out for for a long time.
 
"I have been fortunate to cover a number of BBL games as a colour commentator for BBLTV, which has kept me in touch with all the teams’ style of play. 

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“I am already in contact with a number of potential players who I am keen to get on court and I am hoping to have a full squad together soon to begin pre-season training and be ready for the start of the 2015/16 season in September.”
 
Gavin Baker, Franchise Director, said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Creon to Surrey Sports Park ahead of Scorchers’ debut season.
 
“Our visions for the club exactly match Creon’s passion and personality. We want to develop a strong base for basketball in the region from grass roots through to elite, and we believe that he is the right man for the job.”
 
Fixtures and ticket news will be released at 12pm on Wednesday 1st July via the official Surrey Scorchers website, Facebook and Twitter channels.
 
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