Van Helfteren in 2011
|League||Dutch Basketball League|
|Born||20 February 1951|
|Listed height||2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)|
|1997–1998||EBBC Den Bosch|
|2001–2005||EBBC Den Bosch|
|Career highlights and awards|
Anton "Toon" van Helfteren (born 20 February 1951) is a Dutch former basketball player and current coach of Feyenoord Basketball. Van Helfteren played in the Dutch Basketball League from 1971 till 1990. He was the coach of ZZ Leiden from 2008 till 2014. He also was the coach of the Dutch national basketball team for six years, starting in 2013 and ending in 2019.
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