The Leicester Riders have announced they have awarded head coach Rob Paternostro an All-star testimonial match to celebrate his achievements at the helm.
The game will take place on Saturday, June 11, at 6 p.m., and will follow a coaching session for kids led by Coach Rob at 3 p.m.
The game is expected to be highly competitive, with teams made up of current BBL players, Great Britain Opens and Riders legends.
To wrap up the day’s festivities, an after party will be held in the Kevin Routledge Suite, with live music until 12:00 p.m.
Ticket prices are set at £20 for adults, £17.50 for concessions, £7.50 for children and £17.50 for training camp. Tickets are available at: https://riders.basketball/rob
“We are all delighted to be able to grant Rob a testimonial event. He has had unparalleled success as a head coach and we are sure he will do even more in the years to come,” commented the manager. General Russell Levenston.
“He is a Hall of Fame level coach and we are delighted to be hosting this event to celebrate his achievements so far. He is a passionate and competitive coach and we expect the game to be similar!
“Keep an eye out for the player announcement in the coming weeks…there are a few surprises in there that not only Riders fans, but all of BBL will be excited to see.”
Rob enjoyed a successful basketball career dating back to his high school career in his hometown of Waterbury, Connecticut.
He attended Holy Cross High School and was named to the All-State second team in his senior year after amassing more than 1,000 points in two seasons.
Rob then spent four successful years at the University of New Hampshire, becoming their all-time deputy leader to earn a place in their Hall of Fame.
He became the first player in his college history to receive the NEBCA Bob Cousy Award and won a total of seven individual awards for his performances in his senior year.
After turning professional, Rob joined the BBL in 2000, where he began a multi-year stint with the Birmingham Bullets. In 2006, Paternostro was welcomed into the Riders franchise for the first time, spending the season chasing the point for Leicester.
After another season of playing at Birmingham, Paternostro hung up his shirt and was named head coach of the Riders.
In his first year he recorded Leicester’s best ever top-flight league finish, and the following season he became the first manager in franchise history to record 20 consecutive winning seasons.
His performances in his first year of coaching made him the first Riders coach to win BBL Coach of the Year. Five years later, Paternostro has turned his club’s strong performances into silverware.
The Riders won their first year of hat-tricks in 2013, winning the BBL Championship, BBL Cup and BBL Playoffs. Since then, Rob has led Leicester to the most successful period in franchise history.
Paternostro won 16 trophies during his 14 years coaching at the club and has two Coach of the Year awards to his name, making him the Riders’ most decorated coach. The Riders have won five of the last six league titles, the most successful stint of any club in BBL history.
Rob brings passion, intensity and character to the Leicester touchline, and hopes to add even more silverware to the Riders trophy cabinet in the years to come.
Tickets are available at: https://riders.basketball/rob