After leading Olympiacos Piraeus through four brilliant campaigns, Coach Ioannis Sfairopoulos and the Reds are going their separate ways. Sfairopoulos, 51, first joined Olympiacos prior to Round 4 of the 2014-15 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season and led the club to the EuroLeague championship game in his first season. He had the Reds back in the championship game two years later. In both cases, Olympiacos lost to teams playing in their home cities: Real Madrid in the Spanish capital in 2015 and Fenerbahce in Istanbul in 2017. Sfairopoulos's total record with Olympiacos in the EuroLeague was 75-46. He also led Olympiacos to a pair of Greek League crowns in his time there.
Sfairopoulos started coaching as a teenager with Apollon Kalamarias in his hometown of Thessaloniki in 1986. After more than a decade there, Sfairopoulos spent eight seasons with PAOK Thessaloniki, where he became a head coach for the first time in 2000 and immediately reached the Greek League playoffs. Sfairopoulos first joined Olympiacos as an assistant from 2005 until 2008. After that, he spent three years as head coach of Kolossos Rhodes and two with Panionios Athens, making the Greek League postseason in all five times. Those jobs were separated by one season as an assistant coach with CSKA Moscow.