Lions Shake Up Ship

Mariusz Karol, Head Coach of London Lions, the capital’s premiership basketball club, has stepped down from his role following a mutual agreement between him and the Lions management team.   

Karol has had many successes this season including winning the Betway All Star Season Opener at the O2 arena.  He was also presented with the BBL individual award for being named Molten BBL Coach of the Month in November as recognition of guiding London Lions to a flawless run. Unfortunately, shortly after his records of wins came to an end and since December, Lions have lost 4 out of their last 6 games.

Following the news that Mariusz Karol and the Lions have parted company, Lions have moved quickly to appoint Vince Macaulay, Lions Director of Basketball, as the new Head Coach. With a strong track record, Macaulay was last Head Coach three years ago and successfully took the Lions to the Playoff Final at the 02 Arena. Macaulay will take on the coaching reigns till the end of the season.

Karol commented; “I am disappointed in the results in the last month, I would have liked to have continued to prove myself till the end of the season, but I understand this team was put together to win and I haven’t yet achieved the goals set by the club for the coming season. I wish the guys and the club all the best for the season and every success in the future.”

Vince Macaulay said, “We all know that the demands of BBL basketball have increased immensely, it’s all hands-on deck now.  We will do everything we can to turn the season around. I have every faith in the team Mariusz has put together and the club would like to thank him for all his hard work. He is a fantastic guy and a talented coach - we are very sorry that it didn’t work out. Sometimes the circumstances aren’t right. I have every faith that Mariusz will go on to achieve big things in the future.”

A spokesperson for the Lions Board  commented “As we are mid-season there isn’t time to appoint a new coach outside of our organisation who knows the players, what’s been learnt and the situation so far. we realise it’s a controversial move for Macaulay to take on the coaching reigns but it’s a challenge he is up for and we have high hopes for this team. We will do everything we can to support Vince with the day to day running of the club, so he can put 100% of his time into coaching.”


The Lions first test comes this Sunday at the Copper Box Arena when they take on Sheffield Sharks. The Sharks are two points above the Lions in the table so it is going to be a challenging game. For tickets visit

Date added: 05/01/2018

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