Marc Steutel insists the new-look Seriös Group Newcastle Eagles are in the safest of hands after blending youth with experience on the bench.
The club’s playcaller confirmed Gary Stronach will join Adam Hall as his British Basketball League assistant coaches ahead of the new campaign.
And adopted Geordie Steutel is delighted to be flanked by two committed Tynesiders proud to represent the men in black.
“I’m delighted to be able to lean on Gary and benefit from all of his experience and wisdom for another season,” he said.
“Gary knows British basketball inside out and understands the demands of what it takes to be successful in this league.
“He provides me with incredible support and insight drawn from his decades of experience.
“But outside of him being an excellent basketball coach, he’s an even better human being and he’s one of the best people to be around.
“He really cares about the club and the city and wants to see us do well. I can only thank him for his continued commitment.”
Former Plymouth playcaller Stronach returns for a third successive season in the assistant’s role.
And the vastly experienced coach is joined by rising star Adam Hall — another Geordie who’s risen through the Eagles ranks after joining the club as a teenager.
“Adam is somebody who I’ve known for many years and he’s invested an incredible amount of time and effort into the club,” explained Steutel.
“He has a track record for working with junior players, designing individual workouts and supporting the Academy teams.
“But last year Adam went above and beyond and volunteered an incredible amount of time to try and help the senior players individually.
“We wanted to bring him on board in a formal capacity this year as an assistant coach with a real emphasis on player development.
“That’s a role Adam is exceptionally impactful in. He’s got a really good eye for detail in terms of evaluating what the players need and he has a great rapport with the guys.
“He’s been part of the Eagles pathway for a number of years now and so to see him come full circle is really exciting and it’s what we’re all about.
“Adam’s also an extremely proud Geordie and he brings that local spirit and competitiveness to the bench.”
Steutel, Stronach and Hall oversee their first competitive game together on Thursday night when the curtain comes up on the new Championship season.
Newcastle tip off their league campaign at the Vertu Motors Arena against Sheffield Sharks at 7:45pm.
Tickets are still available from the Newcastle Eagles Box Office.