Olympiacos Piraeus has joined forces with the man who led the club to its most recent Turkish Airlines EuroLeague crown, Georgios Bartzokas. The sides agreed on Sunday to terms on a year deal for Bartzokas to return as head coach through the end of the 2021-22 season. Bartzokas, 54, becomes the Reds' third head coach this season; David Blatt resigned after one EuroLeague game and was replaced by his lead assistant, Kestutis Kemzura, who guided the team until now. Bartzokas now returns to Olympiacos, which he coached for two seasons, from 2012 through 2014. He guided the club to the 2013 EuroLeague crown and was named Aleksander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year after that season. Bartzokas had a 42-18 record in the EuroLeague with Olympiacos. He will reunite with Vassilis Spanoulis and Georgios Printezis, whom he coached in both of those seasons, and forward Kostas Papanikolaou, who was there for the 2012-13 campaign.
Bartzokas last coached Khimki, which he was the third EuroLeague team he led to the playoffs when he did so in 2018. He guided Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar its most successful season ever by reaching the 2016 EuroLeague Final Four in Berlin. This will be the eighth EuroLeague season for Bartzokas. His first EuroLeague head coaching job came with Maroussi Athens in the 2009-10 season. He coached FC Barcelona for the 2015-16 campaign. Bartzokas, who has also coached Olympia Larissa and Panionios in his native Greece, has a career record of 105-84 in the EuroLeague.