LONG-SERVING Worcester Wolves head coach Paul James has stepped down from his post at the University of Worcester Arena and moved to British Basketball League rivals Plymouth Raiders.
James left Wolves last week after nine years at the helm and was revealed as the Raiders new head coach and director of basketball on Monday after his contract with Worcester expired over the weekend.
The move south reunites James with Raiders’ director and co-owner Richard Mollard after the pair began their partnership as directors of the Guildford Heat, now Surrey Scorchers.
During their time together they enjoyed considerable success, winning the BBL Cup and Championship in only their second season, and completing the set with the Trophy and Playoffs the following year.
“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to join forces with Richard once more,” James said.
“Our time together at Guildford was an amazing and special one and I hope that we can recreate that.
“Both Richard and Ross (Mackenzie) are seriously passionate about the club and it’s infectious. They have done an incredible job off the court, and the potential at the club with what they want to do in the future is huge.” he added.
James said he had enjoyed his time with Wolves but relished the chance to explore new opportunities for himself and his family.
Under his guidance, Wolves flourished into a established BBL side and celebrated a golden season in 2014 when the club won the BBL Trophy at the Emirates Arena before being crowned BBL champions after they beat the Newcastle Eagles at Wembley Arena in front of a capacity crowd.
He leaves a side which has reached the play-offs in each of the last three years and following BBL Cup Final appearance this year where the Wolves suffered an 99-88 reverse to the Cheshire Phoenix.
The search for his successor has begun and managing director Mick Donovan said: “We recognise Paul played a key role in taking the club to a higher level and thank him for his invaluable contribution; everyone at the Wolves wishes Paul well in the future.”