Former Rams coach linked to big international role

Mark Dickel
Mark Dickel
Former Canterbury Rams coach Mark Dickel may be in line take his coaching career to the international level.

Dickel  has been linked to a role with the Philippines national team.

While the national body has not made any announcements, he was listed as one of the team’s three coaches for the Asia Cup qualifiers on Fiba’s official website.

Dickel (43) has been coaching at the TNT KaTropa in the Philippines since 2018.

Sandy Arespacochaga and Serbian Nenad Trunic were also listed, although Dickel’s name appeared first.

It would add another New Zealand link to the squad, as former Otago Nuggets and Tall Blacks coach Tab Baldwin is the team’s programme director.

Dickel had an illustrious playing career as a point guard, both at home and overseas in college, Europe and Australia, and represented the Tall Blacks at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics and 2002 and 2006 world championships.

He returned to Dunedin in 2011 to play for the Nuggets, while also working as Basketball Otago’s director of development.

In 2014 he player-coached the Nuggets, before moving to Canterbury when the team withdrew from the national basketball league.

He coached the NBL’s Canterbury Rams for four years, before his move to the Philippines — one of the world’s most fanatical basketball countries.