After two extremely successful seasons with London United, Coach Luis Felipe Cristobal Galindo will be leaving the London outfit to take the position of assistant coach at LEB Silver club Hestia Menorca. Coach Lipe will work with Javier Zamora who led Spain to the U18 European Championship in 2019.
As a part of the agreement with Movistar Estudiantes Madrid, Coach Cristobal Galindo affectionately called Lipe arrived two years ago at United to take over a completely fresh group of new recruits. Despite the severe problems caused by the Covid 19 pandemic, Coach Lipe made an immediate impact and the group grew into a very formidable unit. When they were finally allowed to show their craft in official competitions, London United operated with amazing efficiency. Coach Lipe led his group to winning the ABL South Conference and U18 South Conference losing just one game in the process.
Emma Chambers CEO of Future Stars was very clear in explaining what impact Lipe has made on London United “There is no doubt that Lipe has made an incredible impact on our Academy. He took a group of very inexperienced, albeit talented players and in a very short time made them capable of competing in Europe and dominate domestic competitions. Lipe definitely deserves to be offered this exciting opportunity in the professional Spanish leagues with Hestia Menorca. Although we will miss Lipe at United, his departure is in line with our philosophy of wanting both our players and coaching staff to progress to very exciting projects in Europe and America.”
On his time with London United, Coach Lipe stated “After two years I have to say see you soon to London United. It’s been a amazing time in London, learning and enjoying every day. I only can say thank you to each of my players during this time. I felt them like my family and I’m sure they think I have taught them a lot, but in fact they really have taught me more. Thank you all for letting me be part of your life these two years. And I want to say thank you to Emma and Jack because they gave me this opportunity and they have helped me every time I needed it. They have believed in me and I could work there very comfortable because I felt they trusted me at all time.
As I said, this is not a goodbye because we’ll keep working together giving chances to the London United players in Europe. London United makes you better, as a player and as a coach, and I’ll always be thankful to its people.”