Perez named new Hokkaido coach

Staff Report

Levanga Hokkaido have hired Spaniard Juan Manuel Hurtado Perez as their new head coach, the National Basketball League team announced on Friday.

The 39-year-old Perez was a coaching consultant for Mexican League team Soles Mexicali in 2010-11. He served as the top-flight Caceres 2016 head coach from 2008-10 and as the Spanish League team’s general manager in the 2007-08 season. Before joining Caceres, he was an assistant coach at CAI Zaragoza (2005-06) and the head coach at AB Merida (2003-05), a pair of teams in his native country.

Perez was a scout for the University of Utah from 2002-03. He began his coaching career at Caceres as an assistant coach in 1999.

Under ex-coach Scott Berry, Hokkaido had a league-worst 6-36 record last season in the eight-team JBL; Levanga went 22-20 in 2011-12 under Torsten Loibl. The league’s relaunch is set for late September as a 12-team circuit with a 54-game season schedule.

  • dowel

    He’s a great coach.