Rautins back as Canada's basketball coach
Leo Rautins will return as the national men's basketball team coach for a third straight season, Canada Basketball announced on Tuesday.
Rautins's senior squad will play for a spot in the 2008 BeijingGames at the FIBA Americas Olympic qualifier, a 10-team tournament that begins Aug. 22 in Las Vegas.
Rautins succeeded Jay Triano as coach in 2005. The 47-year-old Toronto native and Raptors' broadcaster starred at the University of Syracuse and had a brief NBA career.
Assistant Dave Smart is also back for a third year. Smart coached the Carleton Ravens to their fifth consecutive CIS title in March.
Michael Malone and Wayne Yearwood were named as the other assistants. Malone is an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the son of former Raptors coach Brendan Malone, while Yearwood coached the Dawson College Blues to the Canadian college title in March.
Greg Francis will lead the junior men's team in their first appearance atthe FIBA under-19 world championship, to be held in July inNovi Sad,Serbia.
A longtime player for Canada internationally, Francis has served as assistant to the senior men's team, as well asmen's national development coach.
The current development coach is Chris O'Rourke,from the University of Guelph.
With files from the Canadian Press