Mono Vampire Basketball Club welcomed a new head coach on board for the upcoming ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season.
The new head coach is Andrej Urlep from emerging basketball country Slovenia, the Thai club officially announced across their social media accounts.
After parting ways with American head coach Douglas Marty towards the tail end of the eliminations last season, Mono Vampire managed to grab the final playoffs berth and were able to stun to top-seeded Formosa Dreamers via a sweep under interim head coach Tongkiat Singhasene.
The 62-year old Urlep would be the third European head coach in ABL, after former Saigon Heat manager Tony Garbelotto (United Kingdom) and Hong Kong Eastern’s Edu Torres (Spain).
Urlep is a true veteran with tons of valuable experience at the sideline, leaving an impressive mark in the Polish Basketball League after winning a total of five domestic championships. He also has experience in coaching Slovenia’s U22 team during the early stage of his career.
The Vampire is so far the only ABL team to announced all three of their world imports, signing former Macau Black Bears Anthony Tucker and Ryan Watkins, while retaining resident import Mike Singletary.
In the club’s official introduction video, the Slovenian head coach offers some thoughts about his current squad: “For now, I’m very happy with what I have seen. I am very happy about their work ethics, they come to practice and they are serious and work hard. That’s the way to improve.”
Although Mono Vampire has been known to be a good scoring team with multiple options, they allowed the opposing squads to average 88.8 points per contest last season, which would be an important side to remedy.
“My plan for sure is to get us better on defensive end,” the new head coach said firmly. “I found out very good pieces about this squad, it’s a new challenge, that’s why I decided to come here.”
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