Park Chan-suk (64), senior vice president of the Korea Unemployed Basketball Federation, who is known as the ‘basketball empress’ and is a living legend in the Korean women’s basketball world, returned to the court after 18 years. She stands with the title of director he had longed for. Coach Park was appointed as the first coach of the women’s business basketball team to be founded in Seodaemun-gu, Seoul in March. This is the first time coach Park has coached a single team, whether professional, business or school.
Director Park, whom she met on the 7th at the Seodaemun Culture and Sports Center in Seoul, said, “Her dream came true because she did not give up. As much as Park Chan-suk is back on the basketball court, she will show you interesting and fun basketball,” she said.
Coach Park played an active role on the court as an all-around player who was 190 cm tall and had extraordinary skills as a center as well as a forward during her playing days. He is the youngest female national basketball player, the main player in achieving 4 consecutive Asian Women’s Basketball Championships, and the silver medalist at the LA Olympics.
After her retirement, she coached at Pacific Chemistry for four years from 1993. She was the first female coach after the launch of the Korean Women’s Basketball League (WKBL), but she became a professional team coach. It didn’t work.
He said that he heard a lot of stories from basketball officials saying, ‘Isn’t it too weak because she is a woman?’
Director Park said, “I was angry at the reality that I was not even given a chance just because of my prejudice without even trying,” and “Even if I didn’t succeed, I fought so that my juniors could achieve their dreams of coaching and coaching. I am happy that now each team has a female coach or head coach.” He then pointed out, “Of course, there must be female staff in the women’s team to be safe and create synergy, but even if problems arise (in the team), we continue to select male leaders.”
The basketball team is in the midst먹튀검증 of recruiting players ahead of its founding in March. The plan is to select mainly those who have potential but have not been able to continue their careers, such as those who have retired from the pros or who did not go to the pros after graduating from high school. Coach Park said, “I want to give them a chance to go to college or challenge themselves in the pros.”
Coach Park said, “Skills are important, but since basketball is a height fight, the key is to select tall players who will be the center of the team. If it doesn’t work, I’m on my way out,” he laughed.
Seodaemun-gu Women’s Business Basketball Team is the 5th women’s business basketball team after Gimcheon City Hall, Sacheon City Hall, Daegu City Sports Association, and Seoul Basketball Association. His skills will be verified at the National Unemployment Basketball Federation, which will be held in May.
Coach Park said, “The goal is to win, but I think this year is the time for our players to match their hands and feet and experience it.”
Coach Park also said that in order to regain the status of basketball lost to volleyball, we must play fun basketball. He said, “Like the behind-the-scenes pass (a pass sent behind the head without looking back) that I did during my active career, there must be a groundbreaking and surprising play.”
Director Park accepts his managerial position and is also concerned with losing weight and taking care of his body. He said, “I may think of him as a charismatic and scary senior, but I will try to become a soft and warm leader.”
The basketball team plans to take a joining test for applicants on the 20th. A uniform and mascot draft using the symbol of Seodaemun-gu, Dongnimmun, magpie, and green, are also under final review.
Coach Park said, “I will show you basketball-like basketball so that you can feel ‘women’s basketball is so fun’.”