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NZ club confirms Mark Dickel has left to coach TNT KaTropa in PBA

NZ club confirms Mark Dickel has left to coach TNT KaTropa in PBA

THE Canterbury Rams confirmed on Thursday that its head coach Mark Dickel has accepted an offer from PBA ballclub TNT KaTropa.

In a report by, Dickel said he “has accepted a position as head coach of the Ka Tropa club in the Philippines national league,” ending his four-year term as coach of the New Zealand-based ballclub Rams.

Dickel is expected to be named an ‘active consultant’ of the KaTropa while working with Eric Gonzales, who was named interim head coach after Nash Racela went on “indefinite leave” with the team.

Foreign coaches, except those married to Filipinas, are barred from officialy taking up head-coaching positions in the PBA by a landmark court ruling.

“We are excited to see Mark receive this great opportunity. Our intention ever since the Rams were re-established in 2014 was to provide a pathway for player and coaching progression,” said Canterbury general manager Caleb Harrison.

“Mark has made a huge contribution to the Mainland Eagles programme over the past four years,” Harrison said.

A two-time Olympian, the 41-year-old Dickel served as national coach of Albania from 2010 to 2011 before becoming the head coach of the Canterbury Rams.

Dickel is expected to be on the bench for the KaTropa on Saturday in their out-of-town contest against Rain or Shine in Passi City, Iloilo as he was already seen attending practices of the team for a few weeks now.