ASIAN power Iran has hired German coach Dirk Bauermann for their campaign in the 2015 Fiba-Asia Championship where Gilas Pilipinas will also vie for a berth in next year’s Olympics.
Bauermann was tapped this week to replace Serbian Memi Becirovic as Iran bids for the lone spot for Asia in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics.
Bauermann, 61, led the Dirk Nowitzki-led Germany to a second-place finish in EuroBasket in 2005 before helping the squad qualify for the 2008 Olympics.
He will try to do the same for Iran, which signed him to a three-month contract but will be renewed if the country qualifies for the Olympics.
“I will do my best to win the title in FIBA Asia Championship and qualify again for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio,” Bauermann told reporters in Tehran. The story was ran by Fiba.com.
Iran won the Fiba-Asia Championship in 2013 in Manila, beating the Philippines to claim one of the three berths in the 2014 Fiba World Cup.
“I saw Iran play at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain and I know they are fighters,” said Bauermann.
Like Iran, the Philippines made a coaching change with Tab Baldwin being hired to lead the Gilas Pilipinas program in its bid to qualify for the Olympics for the first time since 1972.