Panathinaikos hands reins to Priftis

Jun 26, 2021 by Euroleague.net Print
Panathinaikos hands reins to Priftis
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens has named Dimitris Priftis, most recently a 7DAYS EuroCup finalist, as the team's new head coach for the next three seasons. Priftis, 52, arrives from UNICS Kazan, where he sat at the head of the bench for the last four seasons. He helped the Russian powerhouse reach the 7DAYS EuroCup Finals and the VTB United League Finals last season. Priftis also guided the team to the EuroCup Semifinals in 2017-18 and took UNICS to the VTB semifinals twice more. Priftis, who made his EuroCup debut with Aris Thessaloniki in 2015-16, has a 52-28 record in the competition on the UNICS bench during his four seasons and is set to make his EuroLeague coaching debut with Panathinaikos, a team he briefly worked for as an assistant coach in 2014. He has previously coached Ikaros Kallitheas, AEK Athens and Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas in his native Greece. Priftis has also worked for Dafni, Ionikos and AEK. He has also been with the Greek national team as an assistant coach for 11 of the last 13 years.