MIAMI (USA) – The Dominican Republic announced the recruitment of Argentina’s Néstor “Che” García as its national team coach.

Veteran Argentine coach Néstor ‘Che’ García has been hired to captain the senior team of the Dominican national basketball team as part of their efforts to qualify for the Basketball World Cup and improve their performance, the official account states. Twitter of the Dominican Republic men’s basketball team.

García comes from managing Argentina in a period that lasted 11 months and ended on August 30, after two games of the Americas Qualifiers Window 4 for the 2023 FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup, where they faced off against Canada and the Bahamas. The Argentine Basketball Confederation reported at the time that García was stepping down “for privacy reasons”.

Now, less than a month later, García is taking the reins of the Dominican team, replacing coach Melvyn López. It will be the second round of the Argentine coach at the head of the Caribbean team. He previously managed some of the qualifying windows for the 2019 FIBA ​​World Cup, making the transition to the tournament held in China. He advanced to the Second Round, leaving 2-3 points there.

Garcia’s debut against the Dominican Republic will be held in the Americas Qualification Window 5 for the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023, which will be played from November 10-14. On the 10th, the Dominicans will visit Argentina with their new coach Pablo Prigioni in full at the Palacio de los Deportes in Santo Domingo (he made his debut in the last FIBA ​​AmeriCup 2022). Then they will visit Venezuela on the 13th.

García, 57, has extensive experience with national teams. His path began in 2003 with Uruguay. In 2011, he was on the coaching staff of Argentina’s 2011 FIBA ​​Americas Championship. In 2012 he led his country to the conquest of the South American Championship temporarily; However, he was blessed with Venezuela by winning two South American championships (2014 and 2016) and a FIBA ​​Americas Championship (2015) where he qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

He then made his debut in the Dominican Republic in 2019, having a short transition with the Argentina team from September 2021 to August 2022, leaving an official record of 6-2. He also served in the major leagues of nine different countries.

The Dominican team is currently in fourth place in the Americas Qualifiers Group E, behind Canada (8-0), Venezuela (7-1) and Argentina (6-two), with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses. The continent’s top seven national teams (top 3 of groups E and F and top 4) will qualify for the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023, which will be played in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia.


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