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Simone Pianigiani is the new Olimpia’s head coach


Pallacanestro Olimpia EA7 Emporio Armani Milano agreed on a three-year contract and named Simone Pianigiani its 22nd head coach.

WHO’S PIANIGIANI – He was born on May 31, 1969 in Siena. He started to coach in Mens Sana where he rose to the first team as Cesare Pancotto’s assistant. He then worked under Phil Melillo, Luca Dalmonte, Dodo Rusconi, Fabrizio Frates, Ergin Ataman and Carlo Recalcati. As an assistant in Siena he won the 2002 Saporta Cup, the 2004 Italian League and the ensuing Supercup, while the team reached the EuroLeague Final Four in Barcelona (2003) and Tel Aviv (2004). As a youth teams head coach he won five Italian titles and reached the EuroLeague junior tournament final in 2004. In 2006 he was named Mens Sana head coach winning six straight Italian leagues.  His record was 166-22 in regular season play and 225-28 including the playoffs (88.9%). He also led his team to five Supercups and four Italy Cups. He led Siena to the EuroLeague Final Four in 2008 and 2011. He was named Italian National Team head coach in 2009 leading the team to three European Championships in 2011, 2013, 2015. In 2012 he left Siena and moved to Fenerbahce Istanbul winning the Turkish Cup. During the last season, he led Hapoel Jerusalem to the Israel championship, the Israel Supercup and to the Eurocup semifinal stage.

NOTES – He was named Italian League Coach of the Year for the 2007 season and Israeli League Coach of the Year for the 2017 season… His playoffs’ Italian League record is 59-6. The 90.8% winning percentage makes him first All-Time… He’s one of only three coaches that won the Italian League in their first year as head coaches, following Terry Driscoll (Virtus Bologna 1979) and Sergio Scariolo (Pesaro 1990).