After half a decade
aspect of Champagne, Patrice Koenig determined to return to Alsace this
summer time. Route Nationale 2 and Holtzheim for this coach coach who knew,
from the beginning, impose your model and concepts in your group. At the moment
second of pool D on the finish of the go cycle, it returns to the primary
a part of the season (profitable) of his group.
What evaluation do you make of the start of
your group’s season?
The outcomes are very constructive. We
let's end with 9 wins for 3 losses and we're nonetheless racing in
French Cup Trophy. Thus far we’re happy. The small draw back can be
possibly the defeat at dwelling towards WOSB as a result of it's by no means enjoyable to
shedding a derby however that’s not a misstep. Identical to our setbacks to
Lons and Recy who’re two nice groups. We’ve got a very good group with a
good chemistry, on and off the sector. And in addition observe the nice
work of our reserve group, coached by Sébastien Hattemer. That we
lets you add high quality to coaching by frequently integrating
a number of of their gamers.
Are you shocked by this good begin
of the season ?
Sure and no. I do know the
championship and I do know the extent of my gamers. I stay a competitor and I
put together every match to win them. We constructed our group round
of gamers referenced as Fredéric Minet, Drazen Klaric, Yannick Zachée or Arthur
Alaminos Barros. With the workers, we made certain that the mayonnaise took.
The gamers shortly agreed to the sport plan and after our good
preparation, the outcomes had been linked with 5 consecutive victories. Some
aside, this begin to the season is sensible and as well as, now we have been preserved by
What was the principle focus of
work from the beginning?
The primary axis was to
develop widespread philosophies with our reserve group. Then, we
we’re utilized to determine the principles and the mind-set to have a
flawless protection, with gamers like Matthieu Spitz and Yannick particularly
Zachée who did depend their efforts. For instance, we acquired lower than 58
factors within the first 5 video games. Then we needed to discover the programs
permitting to spotlight the strengths of every on the offensive phases.
Personally, I actually like
Spanish basketball, enjoying quick ahead, in transition and that's
that sort of philosophy that I’m making an attempt to place in place. The yield is
reasonably attention-grabbing and the gamers get pleasure from operating and passing the ball.
What targets are you you
fastened for the return part?
We wish to play the Prime four. That
would mark a pleasant enchancment in comparison with the primary two seasons of
membership in Nationale 2. However general, we’ll search to win all matches
taking them one after the opposite. And above all proceed to take
and provides it to our supporters as a result of we actually want them
You practice the group with
Alex Hartz. How is your collaboration going?
Our excellent begin to the season
can be the fruit of the nice understanding that reigns between Alex and me. I the
already knew earlier than resuming teaching right here in Holtzheim as a result of we had
notably did the Lang-Westermann internship collectively. He helps me loads,
doing a extremely good job on the video or on the analyzes of the matches and
our adversaries. He was actually the proper man and the one he advised me
was crucial to hold out the goals set. I’m very pleased with
work with him.
Alex can be recognized to be
a Expertise Coach, what are the benefits for
That is a part of the undertaking. Alex
like me, come from coaching (in Tarbes for Alex for ladies,
at CCRB for Patrice). It is vitally out there and this expertise operate
that he affords, few Nationwide 2 golf equipment supply it. It’s clearly
a plus and it absolutely integrates the undertaking that we wish to arrange right here,
Why did you select to
to return to Alsace?
It was an actual option to
come again right here. I’m very connected to Alsatian values. After my 5
final years in Reims, I wished to return to get pleasure from my household.
On the similar time, I began my retraining since I additionally work in
actual property. This concept has been on my thoughts for a while and
it was final 12 months that I made a decision to get began. In the present day, I take full benefit
of this new life.
With this double cap,
how do you manage your days now?
We practice at 7:30 p.m. Alex
helps me loads within the preparation and implementation of the goals of the
week. Throughout off-peak hours, I put together coaching periods and
certain, that forces me to prepare myself in another way. My weeks are punctuated and by
Consequently, I make the most of my Sundays much more to relaxation. In all
case, I'm delighted with the selection I made.
After 5 years at CCRB
with younger folks and professionals, what do you get out of it?
I get that I’ve an opportunity
distinctive to rub shoulders with the excessive stage. Coach gamers like Blake
Schilb, Darryl Watkins and Mark Payne have introduced me loads. It was the
prime to have the ability to play on and off the pitch with them. I might see this
who does greatest in basketball, but additionally acquire expertise on
many recreation conditions. In the present day, I’m way more capable of anticipate
some issues already skilled or encountered. Due to that, I get higher
reply to many conditions.
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