D’Tigers Head Coach William B. Voigt will be going to the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) to resume coaching duties.
Voigt announced via his twitter account yesterday that he will be going to China to join the Shanxi Brave Dragons who finished 10th (18-20) in the CBA last season.
— Will Voigt (@CoachWillVoigt) September 23, 2016
Voigt’s last coaching gig in a professional basketball league was, also, with the Shanxi Dragons where he served as an assistant and spent eight months from October 2014 to May 2015 before he was hired by the Nigeria Basketball Federation.
Though the specific terms of Voigt’s contract with the Nigeria Men’s National Team are unknown, he is expected to continue in that capacity for future events after leading the team to a historic African Championship in 2015 and an Olympic outing in 2016 that pundits generally described as a decent performance.
Voigt has a .583 winning percentage in a total twelve games for Nigeria (exhibition games not included). He led Nigeria to a 6-1 record at the 2015 FIBA Africa Men’s Championship in Tunisia, finishing first place and winning the title for the first time ever. At the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Voigt’s team had a 1-4 win-loss record.
Voigt’s first coaching stint was with the Metropolitan State College of Denver where he served as an assistant from September 2002 to August 2003. His experience also includes five seasons with the Bakersfield Jam where he won the D-League Western Conference Championship in 2013. He spent three seasons coaching the Vermont Frost Heaves, which was a part of the American Basketball Association (ABA) where he won Coach of the Year honors in 2008 before the team joined the Premier Basketball League (PBL) in 2009. Voigt also coached Ulriken Eagles between 2003 and 2006 in Norway’s top division basketball league.
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