|25 June 2013|
BASKETBALL IN EUROPE
|Andrea Trinchieri last coached at Lenovo Cantú, leading the club to the Italian semi-finals this summer|
The Greek senior national team head coach, Andrea Trinchieri, has signed a one-plus-one year contract with Unics Kazan, the Russian club announced on Tuesday.
Trinchieri, who has just concluded a four-season tenure at Italian Serie A league semi-finalists Lenovo Cantú, will replace at the helm of Kazan the experienced Russian coach Stanislav Eremin.
Kazan chairman Yevgeny Bogachev admitted that the fact Trinchieri was handed the reins of Greece last winter weighed heavily in his club's decision to approach their new coach.
"All sources we consulted spoke very positively of Trinchieri and of course he was appointed as head coach of the Greek national team in December 2012, which is indicative of his professional level," Bogachev commented.
"He is an optimist and I really like this quality; he is young, energetic, and also very intelligent and very ambitious.
"There were two disadvantages, as he has never worked in Russia, and will be at the EuroBasket with Greece until the end of September, but he will also have two of our players in that team, forward Kostas Kaimakoglou and center Ian Vougioukas."
Trinchieri commenced his coaching career already at the age of 30 and spent his formative years as an assistant coach in the staff of legendary Italian club Olimpia Milano.
The breakthrough for the 45-year-old Italian tactician came in 2009, when his work at second division club Veroli drew the attention of historical Cantú, that were striving to return to the elite of Italian basketball after finishing in ninth place in the standings the previous season.
Trinchieri steered Cantú to the semi-finals of the Serie A play-offs in each of the following four years, while in 2011 they reached the title series where they lost to Montepaschi Siena.
Cantú's last domestic title remains the one they conquered in 1981, but under Trinchieri the northern Italian club returned to the Euroleague almost 30 years after they had won the competition (then named Champions Cup) in 1983.
Kazan meanwhile this season finished in sixth place in the Russian PBL league and reached the play-off quarter-finals of the VTB United League, where they were eliminated with 3-1 wins from Eurocup winners Lokomotiv Kuban.
Trinchieri's agreement with Kazan does not have any impact on his commitment with the Greek Federation, which is on a part-time basis.
Greece were drawn into First Round Group D at EuroBasket 2013 and will face Trinchieri's native Italy as well as Russia, Finland, Turkey and Sweden.