Thorsten Leibenath

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Thorsten Leibenath
ratiopharm Ulm
Position Head coach
League Basketball Bundesliga
Personal information
Born (1975-04-07) April 7, 1975 (age 42)
Leverkusen, Germany
Nationality German
Career history
As coach:
1999–2000 TV 1860 Lich (assistant)
2000–2006 Gießen 46ers (assistant)
2006–2007 Scottish Rocks
2007–2008 Gießen 46ers
2008–2010 Artland Dragons
2011 Giro-Live Ballers Osnabrück
2011–present ratiopharm Ulm
Career highlights and awards

Thorsten Leibenath (born April 7, 1975 in Leverkusen) is a German basketball coach and basketball player. He is the current head coach for ratiopharm Ulm in the German Basketball Bundesliga.

Coaching career[edit]

Leibenath began his coaching career at TV Lich, a second-division team in Germany. With TV Lich, Leibenath won the championship, promoting the club to the first division. After his stint with TV Lich, Leibenath moved to Gießen 46ers where he worked as an assistant coach for six seasons.

During the 2006-07 season the German was head coach of the Scottish Rocks in the British Basketball League. At the end of his first season in British basketball, Leibenath reached the BBL Cup final, eventually losing to Guildford Heat 82-79, while also finishing 4th in the League Championship, and lead the Rocks to the BBL Playoff final, losing eventually to Newcastle Eagles. He also picked up the BBL Coach of the Month award for March 2007.

In 2008, Leibenath returned to Germany, taking over as head coach of Artland Dragons basketball team. While playing in the EuroCup and the EuroChallenge in the 2008/2009 and 2009/2010 season, the club only ranked 9th in the regular season in both years, missing the Basketball Bundesliga play-offs. In May 2010, team management decided to release Leibenath who moved to GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrück in the German Pro-A league (lower division).

In May 2011, Leibenath signed as head coach with ratiopharm Ulm in the German Basketball Bundesliga.[1] In the 2016-17 season, he led Ulm to a Bundesliga all-time best winning streak of 27 games and was honored as Bundesliga Coach of the Year.[2]


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