Leicester Riders can confirm that Marg Jones has taken charge of the WBBL side.
The experienced Jones takes the reins after it was announced that Derrick Washington and the club agreed to part company.
“We decided to make a change and it was a no-brainer for us to hand over the reins for the WBBL team and Loughborough University to Marg,” commented Riders Managing Director Russell Levenston.
“Marg has been with the club previously and the program is in great hands moving forward. We are excited to be able to offer the role to Marg and for her to continue to build on the foundations we already have in place. I feel we have a great coaching team to support the academy programmes and teams moving forward”
“The girls have had a solid start to the season and we believe we can be very successful year in all competitions.”
Jones has previously assisted the Great Britain U20s national team, coached at various levels within Canadian basketball as well as assisting the WBBL with the Riders. Most recently Jones has coached the WNBL Division One women’s side and in the academy program.
Marg Jones commented “I am excited and honoured for the opportunity to be head coach of the Riders Women’s WBBL Program. The team this year is incredibly talented with a mixture of youth and experience. Success is always a collaborative effort and our coaching staff will work with the leadership and experience of our players to continue the legacy of Riders success in the WBBL.”
Riders are also announcing that Oli Parr will be rejoining the club and will support as an assistant for Marg and support in coaching the academy programme.
Oli Parr commented “I’m glad to be back involved with the Riders organisation, really excited to work with all levels of the programme and bring that energy everyday”
Nick Moodey will take over as the women’s Division 1 head coach from Marg as well as continue to assist Marg at WBBL and within the academy.
Nick Moodey commented “I am really excited for the opportunity to head coach the Division 1 team for the remainder of the season. I have been around the team since the start of the season and I am really grateful to have the opportunity to coach such a talented group of players and hope to build on the successful start to the season the team has had.”
Leicester Riders would like to thank Derrick for his work over the last three months and wish him all the best in his future career.