ORONO, Maine – University of Maine men’s basketball associate head coach Douglas Leichner has been named the head coach of the Great Britain Under-20 men’s national team.
Leichner, who just completed his ninth season with the Black Bears, has been the lead recruiter for the men’s basketball team the last four seasons.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to coach the Great Britain U-20 team and continue to advance the team in the right direction,” Leichner said in a press release. “I would like to thank British Basketball for this outstanding opportunity and look forward to leading a great group of young men at the European Championships.”
The U-20 European Championships will be held July 11-21 in Romania.
“I would also like to thank UMaine Director of Athletics Steve Abbott and men’s basketball head coach Ted Woodward for their support in this endeavor,” Leichner added.
Leichner has extensive overseas experience, including a stint as the head coach of the UCC Demons in the Irish Professional Super League. While with the Demons, he led the team to a 22-1-1 record and won the “treble,” which consisted of winning the regular season, in-season tournament and postseason tournament championships.
This marked the first time that the “treble” had ever been won in Irish basketball history. As a result, Leichner was named SuperLeague Coach of the Year, Eurobasket.com Ireland Coach of the Year and Streetball Ireland Coach of the Year.
Leichner has been at the forefront of the Black Bears’ European recruiting efforts.
During the 2012-13 season, UMaine had nine international players on its roster, including two each from Serbia, Germany and Canada. The Black Bears also have one player apiece from Scotland, Finland and the Bahamas.
Leichner’s extensive duties with the Black Bears also include game scheduling, scouting of opponents, equipment purchasing, fundraising activities, practice organization and on-floor coaching as well as academic monitoring, advising and mentoring.
Leichner first came to Maine after spending seven seasons as a high school head coach in Florida. He had stops at Osceola High School in Kissimmee, Merritt Island High School and Episcopal High School in Jacksonville.
In 1992, Leichner began his collegiate career as an assistant coach at Naugatuck Valley Community Technical College in Waterbury, Conn. The team advanced to the NCAA Junior College Division II national tournament advancing to the Elite Eight. He also served as an assistant coach during the 1996-97 season at NCAA Division II Stonehill.
A 1992 graduate of Central Connecticut State University, Leichner was a four-year letterman, three-year starter and served as captain as a senior. He returned to his alma mater as an administrative assistant for the 1993-94 season and was promoted to assistant coach where he served through the 1995-96 season.
He has been published in the Five-Star Basketball Coaches Playbook.
He has accumulated a career head coaching record of 137-83-1 for a .610 winning percentage while earning 10 Coach of the Year honors and six championships.
Leichner received his Bachelor of Science degree from Central Connecticut and in 1985 earned his master’s in history from Western Connecticut. He is an avid traveler and can speak some German, Spanish and Italian
Leichner, and his wife, Traci, have two children, Matthias, 9, and Markus, 7.