Lokomotiv tabs Bartzokas for bench

Jul 05, 2015 by Euroleague.net Print
 Lokomotiv tabs Bartzokas for bench
A recent Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion head coach is going to be back on the bench next season after Lokomitiv Kuban Krasnodar announced on Sunday that hit has signed Georgios Bartzokas for the next two seasons. Bartzokas, 50, won the Euroleague in 2013 with Olympiacos Piraeus to complete back-to-back titles for the Reds in his first season with them. A year later, he and Olympiacos lost in Game 5 of the playoffs on the road to Real Madrid. Just before the start of last season, Bartzokas stepped down from the Olympiacos bench. Bartzokas had been a power forward for Maroussi for a decade between 1982 and 1991 before starting his coaching career as an assistant with the same club. He became a head coach for the first time with Olympia Larissa between 2006 and 2009, spent the next season at Maroussi, being named the Greek League coach of the year, and the two after that with Panionios. Fate called Bartzokas when, right after winning the first continental crown for Olympiacos since their first together in 1997, Dusan Ivkovic stepped down in 2012. Bartzokas completed the difficult work of defending that title at the Final Four in London, making Olympiacos the second repeat Euroleague winner of the last 24 years. He was voted the Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year that season by his fellow Euroleague coaches and went on to win the Intercontinental Cup in fall of 2013 with Olympiacos.