Titmuss returns as head coach of Hemel Storm for the 2015/16 campaign

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Dave Titmuss – one of the country’s top national and former international coaches – will take over as head coach at Hemel Storm in EBL Division One next season.

Titmuss, whose club teams have won 19 national titles, has successfully coached senior men’s Great Britain and England squads and led his hometown Hemel club to promotion in 2012.

Hemel Storm head coach Dave Titmuss

Hemel Storm head coach Dave Titmuss

He also won two National Patron Cup titles with Storm before taking on the role of director of coaching for the past two seasons.

Although Titmuss will announce his final coaching team prior to the new season, it is expected that he will work closely with Dave Allin, Steve Darlow, and Jon Burnell who have coached the senior men’s team for the past two seasons.

He is also expected to add player development specialist coaches and a match analyst to his staff.

“Having established ourselves in Basketball England’s top flight and built one of the best supported clubs in the division, we’re now at a point where we need to further professionalise every aspect of our team recruiting and technical preparation so that we can consistently challenge for national titles,” said Titmuss.

Hemel Storm head coach Dave Titmuss

Hemel Storm head coach Dave Titmuss

Storm attracts packed crowds to its home games at Sportspace in Hemel and Titmuss is looking to strengthen the current squad and to take the next steps towards full professional status.

“The directors are working on a number of commercial and education partnerships that will bring resources into the club to help us put an even more competitive and exciting team on the court,” said the incoming coach.

Titmuss – who has been voted National Coach of the Year six times – originally studied the game at Division One American colleges and in the NBA with Atlanta, and has more recently explored key ideas that underpin the European approach.

“I want Storm’s style of play to reflect modern thinking in the world game,” added the veteran coach.

As well as his extensive experience in able-bodied basketball, Titmuss has also coached Great Britain’s Paralympic team and, in an eight year tenure, won gold, silver and bronze medals at the world level.