The bahiense Nestor “Che” Garcia, 56, in the new coach of the Argentine basketball team, replacing Sergio Hernández, and will debut in office on November 25 when the national team receives Paraguay in the tie for the 2023 World Cup to be jointly organized by the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia, as announced by the Argentine Conferación de basketball (CABB).
“At last it happened? This is a dream and, at the same time, a great responsibility. The biggest of my career. That is why I want to thank all those who have allowed me to get here and the confidence of the president of the CABB Fabián Borro and the Board of Directors of the Confederation ”said Sánchez, who began his job as a coach at the age of 23.
García began directing Gigantes de Carolina professionally in Puerto Rico in 1989. Then, in 1990, at the age of 25, he made his debut in the National League directing Estudiantes de Bahía Blanca, his hometown. At the local level, he won the League with Peñarol de Mar del Plata in 1994 and the Super 20 with San Lorenzo, in 2019.
“I want to announce that mine will not be a personalist leadership. It will go through listening, composing, continuing and surrounding myself with the best. A new cycle begins in Argentine basketball, always respecting a legacy. I am very eager and excited to go for the big goal that Argentina remains in the elite of world basketball ?, added the coach
Borro, for his part, was satisfied with the arrangement with Sánchez, stating: “Néstor’s choice is that of a natural candidate for this position as absolute coach of the Argentine National Team. Due to his ability, gift of people, charisma and great international experience, he is a permanent candidate and reference of many presidents of the area to lead their selections. His extensive and successful career led him precisely to meet important goals with different national teams and now we feel that it was time to take charge of ours.?
Sánchez with clubs was also champion in 2000 of the Professional League of Puerto Rico with Cangrejeros de Santurce and in 2006 of the Venezuelan Professional League (with Delfines de Caracas) and the Superior Tournament (with Trotamundos de Carabobo).
In 2009 he was crowned in the Uruguay tournament with Biguá, a team with which he achieved the Top 4 of 2008 and the South American of that year, also winning the League of the Americas with Guaros de Lara in 2016. He directed 30 teams (21 different, repeated five, some on different occasions), from nine different countries. He played 15 finals and won 9, contesting 11 definitions with 11 different teams.
In charge of selected teams, he established himself in Venezuela because between 2013 and 2016, winning two South American titles (2014, beating Argentina in the final, and 2016, beating Brazil) and a Pre-Olympic (2015), which he reached after winning in the semifinals at Canada (with 9 NBA) and Argentina in the final, achieving the Olympic qualification after 24 years.
He also successfully managed Uruguay (2003) and the Dominican Republic (he qualified for the 2019 World Cup and achieved the first qualification for the second phase), while with Argentina he won the South American 2012 and before, as assistant to Julio Lamas.