BILLY Singleton is to take over as head coach of Chester Jets following a backroom reshuffle at the Northgate Arena.
Paul Smith has stepped down from the Jets' top job to spend more time with his family, but the 38-year-old will stay to work as an assistant coach alongside Mike Burton.
Singleton joined the Jets in 2003 and worked as an assistant player-coach last term.
The 38-year-old New Yorker will combine his coaching commitments with playing for the club.
Smith, who runs his own business, first hinted he was thinking of stepping down after the BBL Championship play-off final defeat to Newcastle Eagles in May.
Jets stalwart Burton said: 'It's been a tough decision for Paul but this is the best way forward and he's still very much part of this club.'
See next week's edition to find out how the Jets' new head coach is preparing for the BBL tip-off.