Monday, June 20, 2011

TM introduces Chia Fan

[Picture: Chia Fan (center) and his assistant coaches Chen Huei (right), Shen Hsin-han(left)]

Taiwan Mobile officially introduced its new head coach Chia Fan Monday, hoping the young coach will lead the under-achieving team to the SBL playoffs.

Chia, who formerly coached Min Dao University, is considered one of the top young coaches in Taiwan after leading Nan-shan High School to HBL titles in 2008 and 2009. He also transformed Min Dao University from a Div-II team into a Div-I powerhouse, making the final four last year and the championship game this year.

A 2001 class of Pittsburgh State (Kansas) University with a PE degree, Chia replaced Cheng Chih-lung, who stepped down after failing to take Taiwan Mobile to the SBL playoffs in four years. Cheng left the team with a won-loss record of 44-76.

Meanwhile, TM also announced former guard Chen Huei and Shen Hsin-han will be Chia's assistants. Ex-assistants Huang Chun-hsiung and Kenny Kao were not retained.

(Photo: Taiwan Mobile)