VidiVici Bologna has decided that Stefano Pillastrini will be the man that will guide the club in its return to the Euroleague this season. Pillastrini, 45, replaces Zare Markovski on the bench. The new coach left his former club, Premiata Montegranaro, which he led from the Italian third division to the ninth place in Serie A in just four seasons, to sign a two-year deal with the “Black V.”
“This appointment makes me very proud,” Pillastrini said during his first press-conference. “This club esteems what I did and what I can do. We want to improve day by day without shortcuts, helping the young players to grow.”
Ironically, Pillastrini developed his coaching skills in the junior teams of Fortitudo, the cross-town rival of VidiVici Bologna, and was also a strong candidate for the job at that club. With VidiVici, his 10th professional team in 18 years on the bench, Pillastrini will return to the Euroleague stage after having led Scavolini Pesaro to the Top16 in the 2001-2002 season. He also has European cup experiences in the Fiba Suproleague, also with Scavolini, and in the ULEB Cup in 2003 with Snaidero Udine.