Umana Reyer Venice and head coach Walter De Raffaele will remain together for the 2020-21 season, the club announced Tuesday night. De Raffaele, age 51, is set to start his sixth season as Reyer's head coach and his 10th with the Italian powerhouse. He has led Reyer to a new golden age, which has included winning Italian League titles in 2017 - the club's first trophy of any kind in 75 years - and 2019, and the Italian Cup in 2020. They also lifted the FIBA Europe Cup in 2018. De Raffaele has a 156-101 record in all competitions with Reyer and has spent his whole career in his native Italy. He had previous head coach experience with UCC Casalpusterlengo, Edimes Pavia and Tezenis Verona before joining Reyer as an assistant coach in 2011. De Raffaele was promoted to head coach in February 2016. His coaching staff, Gianluca Tucci, Massimo Galli and Alberto Billio, also signed new contracts.
"I think it is very important to give continuity to the staff's work. In recent years it has been our strength, beyond the victories, to grow and improve the players. The common technical language, an already known working methodology and the affinity between people are very important components for us. Furthermore, continuing to work together also guarantees technical continuity in being able to work on the players and their progress," De Raffaele said after the agreement. "Personally, it is a great satisfaction to work here for 10 years, which is an important cross-section of my life and my family. Being in charge of the first team and staying 10 years in Reyer are a source of pride and great responsibility, I thank the club for this trust."