The Canadian Senior Women’s National Basketball Team announced their new head coach and his name is Victor Lapeña. He is currently the head coach of Fenerbahçe. Noelle Quinn, the current head coach of the Seattle Storm is his lead assistant. Carly Clarke and Steve Baur, who helped assist Lisa Thomaidis will stay on to help assist him as well.
This is the first time that the Canadian Senior Women’s National Basketball Team has hired an international coach. The previous coaches were Canadian. Victor Lapeña brings a ton of experience, because he has coached Spain’s national team as an assistant coach and he has had plenty of coaching experience with his overseas team, Fenerbahçe.
He signed a multi-year contract with Team Canada, meaning he will stay on until the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. His job gets going underway, because next month, Team Canada will be headed to qualifiers in Osaka, Japan for the 2022 FIBA World Cup 2022 tournament. Canada is in Group C and faces Japan, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Belarus in their group play.
Victor Lapeña has won before in his career, both at the international level as well as in the European leagues as well. He has the proven track record for Team Canada.
In my opinion, I hope this is a good hire. He does bring a ton of experience, a proven winner and he also has Noelle Quinn as his lead assistant. I hope he can break through and finally deliver Team Canada a medal because Team Canada is currently ranked 4th in the world. They finished a disappointing ninth in the previous Olympics. They have a good roster and there are so many great and upcoming women’s Canadian college players in the NCAA as well.
Canadian women’s basketball talent is on the rise and we will see if Victor Lapeña can make this team a contender and a team to be feared on the international scene.