Club Profile: ratiopharm Ulm

Aug 27, 2015 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Club Profile: ratiopharm Ulm

By making it to the Eurocup for the third time in four years, ratiopharm Ulm confirmed its status as a rising power in German basketball. Ulm reached the German League semifinals last season to punch a ticket to the 2015-16 Eurocup. Ulm is not the first elite basketball team in the city - predecessor SSV Ulm 1846 was competitive for decades and won the German Cup in 1996. SSV folded in 2001 and ratiopharm Ulm was founded right away. Thomas Stoll and Andreas Oettel bought SSV's license to start competing in the German second division. The team, which has always been sponsored by pharmaceutical giant ratiopharm, was promoted to the German elite in 2006 after a 29-1 season. By 2008, Ulm already made it to the German League playoffs. Robin Benzing became its signature player in 2009-10, but Ulm finished in the bottom half of the league. Everything changed for the better when Coach Thorsten Leibenath and center John Bryant took Ulm to its best season ever. It finished the 2011-12 regular season in second place and swept New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg in the playoffs to reach the finals against Brose Baskets. Alas, the fairytale run finished with Bamberg winning the title. Ulm enjoyed a great Eurocup debut season, in which it reached the quarterfinals, and also reached the German League semifinals and the German Cup final. The club returned to the elimination rounds in the 2013-14 Eurocup, before losing to Hapoel Jerusalem in the eighthfinals on point difference. Ulm is now back in the Eurocup and hoping to use its experience to go even further.

2014-15 Results - German League: semifinals.