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ADELAIDE Lightning have been saved.
The iconic South Australian sporting team and five-time WNBL champion — which was in danger of omission due to a $150,000 funding shortfall — will continue in 2015-16 and for the foreseeable future.
Basketball SA chief executive officer Mark Hubbard shortly will reveal the short and long-term plan which ensures the Lightning not only survives but thrives into the future.
Former four-time Lightning championship coach and Australian Opals world championship-winning mentor Jan Stirling today will head an interview panel to find a coaching successor to Jeremi Moule, with Vicki Valk and Tracy York the head-hunted candidates for the role.
Valk coached Adelaide to its last WNBL title in 2008 and York is a trailblazer as the first woman to coach a men's team in the state league and a former 36ers assistant to both Joey Wright and Marty Clarke.
The club’s plight became critical after no buyer jumped into the breach when former owner Vince Marino handed back the Lightning’s license to Basketball Australia.
BA now has the license and in the longer term, the club is expecting to link with University of SA as a major supporter.
Adelaide has been a WNBL fixture since 1993 and contested finals series in 19 of its 23-year existence, and acted as the pathway to elite women’s basketball for South Australian players.
Full details of the rescue package and plans later today.