Tim hopes for Sharks return

New challenges: Tim Lewis
New challenges: Tim Lewis
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FORMER Sheffield Sharks Director of Basketball Tim Lewis says he would welcome a return to the club if issues off the court are resolved.

Lewis left the Sharks last week after the club were unable to reach an agreement with an expected new investor.

After being brought in to oversee the development of the Sharks youth and Academy structure and also to coach Sheffield Hallam University’s men’s basketball team, Lewis is now seeking new employment.

He told The Star: “It came to the position where I had to approach the club about my situation.

“In the end it was a mutual decision that I left the Sharks. I was supposed to have the opportunity of lecturing at the University but that never happened.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the club and living in the area.

“If the position became a sustainable one and you could rely on things to be as they’re supposed to be then I’d definitely be interested in going back.

“I’m disappointed to be leaving the University coaching job too. We’re unbeaten this season and have a really good chance of being promoted from our conference.

“I met up with the team and explained the situation.”

With the basketball calendar being in mid-season, Lewis’s options are limited as to what he does next.

Before joining the Sharks, he was head coach at the now defunct BBL franchise Essex Pirates.

However, armed with a wealth of contacts and being highly respected as a coach and a scout it won’t be long before he is offered another role.

In the not too distant future he will be on the bench at the Olympic Games alongside former Sharks boss Chris Finch as part of the Great Britain coaching staff.

He said: “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that I was delighted to accept.

“It came tinged with a bit of sadness that I had to give up my GB under 20 commitments, but the Olympic Games in this country won’t come around again in my lifetime, so I couldn’t say no.”