Scott Flemming resigns as coach of the Indian basketball team
In a major jolt for Indian basketball, national coach Scott Flemming has resigned from his post, citing an offer from an NCAA university team in the United States. India pulled off a major upset during Flemming’s tenure as coach of the national team last year when they defeated China at the FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan.
In a letter to the Basketball Federation of India, Flemming wrote that he had initially planned on finishing his contract with the national team but due to timing of college basketball in the US, he had to quit the post immediately
"I am submitting my resignation as head coach of the Indian men's national team. I have been offered a coaching position at a NCAA university in the United States. I had planned on finishing out my contract year but because of the timing of college basketball in the US, I need to begin this new assignment later this month,” the letter said.
Open to coaching India again in the future: Flemming
He further added that he had a wonderful time as the coach of the national team and wished to stay connected with Indian basketball in the future as well.
" I first of all, want to thank BFI and IMGR for allowing me to have this great opportunity. My time here in India has been extremely rewarding. I want to thank all the players, coaches and administrators that have supported me during this assignment.
“I will very much miss these relationships. Our national program has made great strides over the past several years and I would only hope that this can be built upon with greater days ahead.
"It would be my desire to stay connected with India basketball in some role. I would even be open to coaching the team again in the future on a more limited basis if BFI was interested as well. I wish India basketball only the very best in the future,” he said.
Flemming was appointed coach in November 2012 and his contract was due to expire in October 2015.