September 30, 2015 4:46 pm

New Halifax national basketball team gets first head coach


HALIFAX – They may not have a name yet, but the new Halifax team in the National Basketball League at least has a head coach to start steering them toward the net.

The Halifax Professional Basketball Club (HPBC) announced that Hugo Lopez would be leading the team in a press release send out on Wednesday.

Lopez is from Spain and has more than 15 years of coaching experience in the Spanish professional basketball circuit, including six seasons in the Liga AC, which is considered one of the highest levels of professional basketball in the world.

Hugo Lopez named new coach of new Halifax professional basketball team.

Halifax Professional Basketball Club

“We are excited to bring a coach of this calibre (sic) to Halifax’s new NBL Canada team,” said Mike O’Brien of the HPBC in the release.

Lopez echoed the enthusiasm of the league, saying he is, “very excited about this opportunity to be the first coach of Halifax’s new NBL team.”

“I hope basketball fans in Halifax will be excited to watch a team playing with passion, enthusiasm and a lot of energy,” Lopez said.

Lopez will be taking the team right from square one, as the previous Halifax basketball team, the Halifax Rainmen, were dissolved after filing for bankruptcy in July after being fined more than 70,000 when they forfeited game seven of the championship in April.


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