Holger Geschwindner

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Holger Geschwindner
Born: 1945
Birthplace: West Germany
Mavs Tenure: 1998-present

Holger Geschwindner (born September 12th, 1945 in West Germany) is basketball mentor, coach and friend to Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki. Geschwindner first met Nowitzki when the future basketball star was 16 years old. Geschwindner, captain of Germany's 1972 Olympic basketball team, met a 16-year-old Nowitzki after watching him in a summer club game near Würzburg.

Geschwindner spoke to Mr. Nowitzki's parents, Joerg and Helga, explaining that if Dirk wanted to become Germany's best basketball player, he must begin systematic training.

During the past dozen years, Mr. Geschwindner's training has included fencing, rowing, ballet, Rollerblading, guitar lessons and saxophone playing.

Holger Geschwindner has said that fulfillment of his coaching of Dirk would mean Nowitzki can play all five basketball positions, offensively and defensively. Stage seven also includes "emotional intelligence" and "broadband literacy."

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says that when he purchased the team in January 2000, he didn't flinch when then coach Don Nelson said Mr. Geschwindner had access to team practices.

Mr. Geschwindner notes that his teaching isn't meant for just any player. Besides Nowitzki, most of the players he works with in Germany are Olympic and Junior Olympic-caliber, although his clinics and workouts are open to anyone.