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Maccabi Bazan Haifa Relieve Danny Franco, Name Rami Hadar Head Coach for 2014-15 Season
The Greens hire reigning Second Division Coach of the Year and former Haifa assistant Rami Hadar for next season
Maccabi Bazan Haifa, the 2013-14 Israeli Basketball Super League runner-up, announced today that the team has relieved head coach Danny Franco of his duties. Former Haifa assistant coach and reigning Second Division Coach of the Year Rami Hadar was named head coach of Maccabi Haifa for the 2014-15 season.
“We would like to thank Danny Franco for an honorable run at defending the title,” said Maccabi Bazan Haifa team owner Jeff Rosen. “However, as an organization, we decided it is best to move in a different direction. We wish Danny the best in his future endeavors.”
Hadar, 47, returns to Haifa as head coach after guiding second division team Hapoel Afula to a 19-7 regular season record and a Second Division Finals appearance. Hadar’s team finished the regular season on a 15-2 run, earning him Coach of the Year honors.
“We are very excited to have Rami Hadar return to Maccabi Haifa as he played an integral role in earning the team’s first championship in franchise history,” said Rosen. “Rami is someone who is familiar with our organization and we’re confident he is an excellent fit for our team.”
“I am happy and excited to coach Maccabi Haifa for the 2014-15 season, and to fill the big shoes of coach Danny Franco,” said Rami Hadar. “I want to thank owner Jeff Rosen and vice chairman Arnon Shiran for their trust in me. I would also like thank Hapoel Afula and chairman Yossi Malka for last season and for giving their blessing to my next challenge.”
Hadar served as an assistant coach for Haifa during Maccabi Haifa’s 2012-13 Championship season, in which Haifa finished the regular season with a 17-9 record and went on to defeat Maccabi Tel Aviv for the title.
From 2005-2012, Hadar headed the sidelines in the Israeli Second Division for Beitar Binyamina, Maccabi Ashdod, Maccabi Be’er Yaakov, and Maccabi Hod Hasharon. Hadar brings head coaching experience in the top division for Maccabi Haifa in 2011-12 as interim head coach for 11 games and in 1994 for Hapoel Holon, after being promoted to head coach for the last seven games of the season.