JUL 99] COVENTRY CRUSADERS NEWS
Derrick Pope Joins The Crusaders
Coventry Crusaders are pleased to announce the signing of Derrick Pope, a 6' 6"
guard/forward who has played top division basketball in France for the past 14 seasons.
Derrick will be one of the keys to the Crusaders turnaround
this season, and with his skills the club will move back to the top of the Division One.
||University of Montana
||Drafted by the Portland Trailblazers
||Played in Scotland on Team Glasgow
||Played in Scotland on Team Falkirk
||Played in France at CEP in Lorient
||Played in France at NBC in Nantes
||Played in France at COB in St Brieuc
||Played in France at BCM in Gravelines
Derrick has averaged over 20 points per game
over his basketball career. He is strong enough to play inside and quick enough, with a
great outside shot to play outside. His all-round game will really be a boost to our
players and our strategy for winning.
Derrick will be employed by the Crusader Foundation as
Director of Basketball Operations which will cover the Community Development Programme and
the Schools Coaching Programme. He will also head up the development teams, and coaches
for each development team.
Crusader owner, Dip Donaldson says:
"Pope shares the same vision that I have for
basketball in the city, and being a father, he understands the needs of young people. I am
really looking forward to having his valuable contribution to our team.
"Derrick is the best player I have ever signed here in
Coventry, the team will be looking to his leadership skills as the way forward for us to
Derrick, and his wife Shari and their five children will be
moving Coventry, from their current home in Grande Fort Philippe, France to join the
Crusader organisation toward the end of this month.