Jerusalem appoints Pianigiani as head coach

Jun 20, 2016 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Jerusalem appoints Pianigiani as head coach

Longtime Italian national team head coach Simone Pianigiani has been appointed as Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem's newest head coach. Pianigiani, 47, signed a two-year deal with the Israeli League runner-up. He takes over for Danny Franco, who guided the club to its first Israeli League title in 2015. This will be Pianigiani's first club post since he coached Fenerbahce Ulker in the 2012-13 campaign. Pianigiani, who led his hometown club Montepaschi Siena to Euroleague Final Four appearances in 2008 and 2011, coached Italy's national team from 2009 through 2015. He spent a decade working for the Montepaschi Siena youth teams and as assistant before he was promoted to head coach in the summer of 2006. He then turned Montepaschi into a dynasty by winning six consecutive national titles from 2007 to 2012. Pianigiani also won four Italian Cup titles and lifted five Italian Supercup trophies with Montepaschi. In his six seasons as head coach, Pianigiani led Montepaschi to a 225-28 Italian League record, winning 90.1% of its games and doing even better (59-6, 90.8%) in the playoffs. Besides guiding Montepaschi to the Euroleague semifinals in 2008 and 2011, he also reached the playoffs in 2009 and 2012.