Valérie Garnier had replaced Pierre Vincent, of whom she was the assistant, in August 2013. With her, the French women’s basketball team remains this summer on a place of finalist at the Franco-Spanish Euro, then a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. After an eight-year term, the 56-year-old technician is leaving her post.
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 Blue for the next international competitions.
– French Basketball Teams (@FRABasketball) September 3, 2021
This is what the French Basketball Federation said on Friday in a press release. If the president of the FFBB Jean-Pierre Sieutat wishes to “congratulate” and “thank” the former international for her work (five international medals, 75.9% of victories), he evokes the need “to give a new dynamic to the national team, while Paris 2024 is looming on the horizon ”.
Four defeats in a row in the Euro final under Garnier
“The France team remains more ambitious than ever and will seek to win a title that has eluded it since 2009 [succès lors de l’Euro en Lettonie] He adds. One way to emphasize that, despite her accessits, Valérie Garnier has never hoisted her team to the top of a podium. The Blue thus remain on five failures in the final of a Euro, including four under his direction.
The Federation is conducting a “reflection” on the constitution of the new technical framework of the Blue. Garnier could be entrusted with “missions within the FFBB in order to continue to benefit from its expertise and its capacity to transmit”, according to the national technical director Alain Contensoux. It’s nicely packaged, anyway.