|08 June 2011|
Basketball In Europe
|The Spanish Basketball Federation allow national team head coach Sergio Scariolo to also coach a club, so long as it's not an ACB league side. This arrangement was already in place for the past two years, when the Italian was working at Khimki, in the Russian league|
Spain's national team coach Sergio Scariolo is at the helm of a club side again.
Armani Jeans Milano have announced that the Italian will lead them next season, which means Dan Peterson will no longer be in charge.
Olimpia just exited the Lega A play-offs with a 3-1 semi-final defeat to Bennet Cantu.
Ettore Messina had been linked with the Olimpia Milano position after stepping down as Real Madrid coach following the Euroleague Top 16 but he is now being tipped to work as a consultant to new Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown.
Milano, who will unveil Scariolo to the media on Thursday, received a nod of approval by Spain's basketball federation to appoint their coach.
"Sergio's incorporation to a big team of Europe goes to show that we have a national team with one of the masters of the continental coaching," said Spanish Basketball Federation president Jose Luis Saez.
"His dedication and work with Spain is not going to decrease at all, just as it was proof when he coached Khimki last season."
Russian side BC Khimki parted with Scariolo when they failed to advance to the Top 16 of the Euroleague.
Confirmation of Scariolo's appointment, meanwhile, was issued in a statement by Milano.
It said: "Pallacanestro Olimpia Armani Jeans Milano announces it has handed the coaching reins to Sergio Scariolo.
"This agreement has been done with the blessing of the Spanish federation. The new coach will be unveiled on June 9."
Milano began the season with Piero Bucchi at the helm but removed him at the start of January and replaced him with 75-year-old Peterson.