This Friday, the FFBB announced that Valérie Garnier would no longer be the coach of the French women’s basketball team after eight years at its head.
Valérie Garnier and the Bleues, it’s over. Selection of the French women’s basketball team since 2013, the native of Cholet will not be renewed in her post and will therefore give up her place. Indeed, the French Basketball Federation (FFBB) announced this Friday to conduct « a reflection on the new constitution of the technical staff of the France team, in consultation with the National Technical Director, Alain Contensoux, the Director of Performance and the French teams, Jacques Commères and the General Manager, Céline Dumerc. » Thereby, the latter decided to turn the Garnier page, after eight years marked by a record of 101 victories in 133 matches (i.e. 75.9% success) and five medals, namely four in silver at the last four European Championships (2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021) and one in bronze most recently at the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo. A decision which aims to make the Blues even more competitive for the Olympics in Paris in 2021, then in Los Angeles in 2028.
Valérie Garnier, coach of the French women’s basketball team, double medalist this summer at the European Championship and at the Olympic Games, will no longer be the coach of the Bleues for the next international competitions.
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« To win a title that escapes us since 2009 »
“Since taking office in 2013, Valérie Garnier has won five international medals, ensuring that the France team remains at the highest level while integrating young players throughout the competitions., an essential condition to ensure the continuity of good results at the international level. (…) I sincerely wish, on behalf of our large federal family, to congratulate and thank Valérie for these results in the highest level of consistency, this exceptional record and this unwavering investment and loyalty in French basketball. Our paths separate today in order to give a new dynamic to the national team, while Paris 2024 is looming on the horizon. The France team remains more ambitious than ever and will seek to win a title that has eluded it since 2009 « , Explained Jean-Pierre Siutat, the president of the Federation, in a press release. « We would like to think about entrusting him with missions within the FFBB in order to continue to benefit from his expertise and his ability to transmit, » Contensoux declared for his part.