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Dan Peterson has been nominated for the Hall of Fame


Pallacanestro Olimpia Milan is proud to announce that Dan Peterson (click to read his Olimpia Hall of Fame bio), who was the team’s head coach from 1978 through 1987 and again at the end of the 2010/11 season, has been nominated for the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame of Springfield, Ma, in the “International” section for the class of 2018. The announcement was made on December 21st, the date of birth of our sport thanks to a memorable intuition by Dr. James Naismith.

During the NBA All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, on February 17th, the Hall of Fame will announce the name of the finalists and the inducted will be unveiled in April during the NCAA Final Four, in San Antonio.

So for Coach Peterson is just a first step. The next two will be much more complicated. To be nominated is an honor and an accomplishment itself. Peterson has won five Italian championships, four in Milan, one EuroLeague, a Korac Cup and three Italy Cups. During his stay, Milan reached the Italian league finals for six consecutive years and seven times overall, made the EuroLeague final twice and once reached another European final. He also coached the university of Delaware, the Chile National team and Virtus Bologna. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1936 on January 9th.

Olimpia has already five alumnis in the Hall of Fame, a record-number for a non-American organization. They include Cesare Rubini, Sandro Gamba, Dino Meneghin, Bill Bradley and Bob McAdoo.