After returning to his home province and guiding the Steelformers Taranaki Airs to arguably their most successful ever season in the Sal’s National Basketball League, Mitch Langton has called time on his role as general manager.

A move to Auckland beckons for Langton, who has made the decision to leave the club to follow potential job opportunities and be closer to his partner who now resides in the City of Sails.

“I am very grateful for what Laine and the Airs club have given me over the last two seasons and wish them all the best for the future. I feel that the club is in a great position for someone new to continue to build on the momentum of a fantastic season.”

Langton moved to the Airs in early April 2021 after a short spell working for Basketball New Zealand in their events team. In his 17 months with the Airs he helped guide the club to the 2022 minor premiership, only the second time in franchise history. The first all the way back in 1992, when the team (than named New Plymouth) sat atop the standings at the conclusion of the regular season.

Langton also received some recognition of his own, being awarded the general manager of the year at the recent 2022 NBL season prizegiving.

Airs Chairman Laine Hopkinson paid tribute to the successful foundation Langton had paved for his eventual replacement.

“Mitch has done an incredible job as general manager since his return to Taranaki early last year. His passion and drive off the court helped us climb from the bottom of the pile right to the top - testament to his enthusiasm and innovative approach.

Whilst it’s hard to accept Mitch’s resignation after such a successful spell we are immensely proud to have been part of his growth and development which has led to great employment opportunities for him and we wish him all the best. We are in a great position as a club and we need to ensure that we capitalise on that. Mitch has laid the foundation, now we need to find someone with the same drive to take over the reins and move the club to the next level. It’s an exciting time for basketball in our region”.

Recruitment for Langton’s replacement will commence immediately.