Sundberg picks up Riders’ reins from Coach Patel

Leicester Riders have announced that Jesper Sundberg will take the reins of the WBBL team for the upcoming season following last season’s success for the team.

Sundberg will join the ranks in the WBBL next season following 10 years with Swedish club Norrköping Dolphins. Sundberg led the Women’s programme for the last four seasons following 6 years as an assistant (Four with the Men’s and two with the Women’s) when the club was competing in European competition.

Coach Sundberg will also bring National team experience, following five seasons with the Swedish programme working from U16s to now assisting the Senior National Team.

Sundberg will replace Krumesh Patel at the helm of the WBBL team next season with Coach Patel stepping into a role as the Head of the Women’s Programme to further develop the Women’s basketball pathway the Leicester Riders.

“I am really excited and thankful for the opportunity to join the Riders organisation,” commented Coach Sundberg following his appointment.

“I have been following the club and its progress for the last few seasons. It’s a great environment here with all the facilities and possibilities to build a strong programme. Hopefully we can continue building from last years success and really try to perfect all the small details, that we as a team can control.”

The Leicester Riders pushed the Sevenoaks Suns all the way for the league title last season and narrowly missed out at the O2 Arena in their first appearance in the WBBL Playoff Final for the club and will be looking to go one step better next season.

Leicester Riders Managing Director, Russell Levenston was pleased with the addition to the roster for the upcoming season.

He said: “Jesper is an experienced coach and we are really excited about him joining the programme. I have known Jesper for the last three season since visiting Norrkoping Dophins with the Men’s and Women’s programme in pre-season. He has coached at the highest level in Sweden for both club and country.

“Jesper is going to be a great addition and working closely with Krumesh to build on last season’s success.”

Levenston also commented on the work of former Head Coach Krumesh Patel, who will step aside to take a role as Head of the Programme continuing his work at Charnwood College whilst developing the wider Women’s programme for the Riders.

“Krumesh did a amazing job as WBBL Head Coach last season and made history winning the first ever WBBL Trophy for the club.”

“He will take on more responsibility for developing our Women’s Programme and will be working closely with Jesper to move us forward.”

Be sure to follow @RidersWomen for complete updates on the programme as the team build towards next season.