Fultons in charge of Belfast Star as Jose Maria Berracol exits
It seemed like a match made in heaven but Spanish coach Josep Maria Berracol and Belfast Star have parted company midway through the All Ireland Premier League season.
Berracol, assistant coach to Barcelona when they won basketball's equivalent of the Champions League, came in last summer as a surprise appointment for Star and immediately increased the amount of training as well as the overall demands on the players.
While Star have had some good results in an up and down season so far, it is understood that Berracol found it frustrating having to deal with a level a lot lower than what he was used to – such as when he coached Shakhtar Donetsk in Kiev with players on million dollar salaries.
Star chairman Bill McCotter confirmed that Berracol had stepped down and that the father and son combination of Adrian and Danny Fulton were now in charge.
McCotter said: "We are very grateful to Jose for all that he has done for the club but we have mutually agreed that we should have a parting of the ways.
"Jose has proven himself to be a very good coach at the highest level and he certainly brought a new experience to the club with how he worked the players.
"Adrian and Danny Fulton are taking charge of the coaching until the end of the season. They are both very experienced and hopefully they can help the team have a good finish to the season."
Coach Adrian Fulton was delighted with the way the players performed at the weekend when winning away to Moycullen, 91-81.
"I was particularly pleased with the number of players that contributed significantly," said Fulton.
Paul Dick top scored on 25 points, while American Frank Otis had 23.
Meanwhile, in the women's Premier League it proved to be a tough weekend for the Ulster Rockets, who lost 84-56 away to the UL Huskies and then 71-59 away to Team Montenotte Hotel.