Zenit hires coach Pascual

Feb 15, 2020 by Euroleague.net Print
Zenit hires coach Pascual
Zenit St Petersburg reached an agreement with head coach Xavi Pascual, who signed a contract with the Russian side until the end of the 2020-21 season, the club announced on Saturday. Pascual, age 47, last coached Panathinaikos OPAP Athens until December 2018. In two years with Panathinaikos, Pascual helped the Greens win back-to-back Greek League titles in 2017 and 2018. He also guided the team to lift the Greek Cup trophy in 2017, as well as taking Panathinaikos to the EuroLeague Playoffs in 2017 and 2018. Before that, Pascual worked for FC Barcelona for over a decade, coaching its second team, becoming the team's assistant coach before being promoted to head coach in 2008. He led Barcelona to five Final Four appearances from 2009 to 2014, lifting the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague trophy in 2010. By doing so, he was the first Spanish coach in 30 years to win the EuroLeague, and was chosen as the 2009-10 Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year trophy winner. Pascual also helped Barcelona win four Spanish League and three Spanish Copa del Rey titles. He also coached Gava, Santfeliuenc, Olesa and Aracena in Spain. Pascual has a 71.3% winning record in the EuroLeague, leading Barcelona and Panathinaikos to 206 wins in 276 games. He now takes the bench of Zenit, who parted way with another Spanish coach Joan Plaza earlier in the week.