Greek champion Panathinaikos OPAP Athens signed Argyris Pedoulakis on Monday to be the club's next head coach. The contract between the sides is for two seasons. Pedoulakis, 55, arrives from Peristeri Athens, which he led to the Greek League semifinals last season. He replaces Rick Pitino, who joined Panathinaikos midway through the 2018-19 season, but announced last week that he was returning to his native United States
. This will mark Pedoulakis's third stint on the Greens' bench. He coached Panathinaikos from 2012 to 2014 and led the club to the Greek League championship in 2013 and back-to-back Greek Cups in 2013 and 2014. Pedoulakis returned to Panathinaikos late in the 2015-16 season before resigning in October. He also played for Panathinaikos from 1986 to 1992. Pedoulakis started his coaching career with Peristeri and joined Makedonikos in the 2004-05 season, helping the team reach the then-called ULEB Cup Championship Game. He has also coached several other Greek teams, including Panellinios, Rethymno Aegean, PAOK Thessaloniki and AEK Athens, as well as UNICS Kazan of Russia.