Fenerbahce Ulker makes Pianigiani its head coach

Jun 24, 2012 by Euroleague.net Print
Fenerbahce Ulker makes Pianigiani its head coach
Simone Pianigiani joins Fenerbahce UlkerOne of the most successful coaches in continental basketball switched Turkish Airlines Euroleague clubs on Sunday, when Fenerbahce Ulker announced the arrival of Simone Pianigiani, who inked a three-year deal with his new team. Pianigiani, age 43, arrives from Montepaschi Siena, to which he led to a golden age never seen before in Italian basketball. Pianigiani also led Siena to the Euroleague Final Four twice, in 2008 and 2011, a goal that FB Ulker has held without realizing for many years. Pianigiani replaces Neven Spahija, who had coached FB Ulker the last two seasons. Pianigiani, a native of Siena, spent a decade working for the club in youth teams and as assistant before he was promoted to head coach in summer 2006. He then made Montepaschi into a dynasty, winning six consecutive national titles from 2007 to 2012, a first in the 63-year history of the Italian League. Pianigiani also won 4 Italian Cup titles and lifted 5 Italian Supercup trophies with Montepaschi. In his six seasons as head coach, Pianigiani led Montepaschi to a 225-28 Italian League record, winning 90.1% of its games and doing even better (59-6, 90.8%) in the playoffs. Besides guiding Montepaschi to the Euroleague semifinals in 2008 and 2011, he also reached the playoffs in 2009 and 2012. Pianigiani's Euroleague record over six seasons was 61-33. He also coaches the Italian national team.