Unicaja keeps coach Casimiro

Jul 02, 2020 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Unicaja keeps coach Casimiro

Unicaja Malaga reached a new agreement with head coach Luis Casimiro to keep working together next season with an option to extend his contract until the end of the 2021-22 campaign, the club announced Thursday. Casimiro, age 60, is set to start his third season with Unicaja in his second stint with the club. Last season, Casimiro led Unicaja to the 7DAYS EuroCup playoffs before the competition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ranking first in both its Regular Season and Top 16 groups. He also helped Unicaja reach the Spanish Copa del rey championship game, losing against Real Madrid. Casimiro previously coached Unicaja for two months at the end of the 2011-12 season. He joined Unicaja from Herbalife Gran Canaria, where he spent two seasons. He helped Gran Canaria win the 2016 Spanish SuperCup and reach the EuroCup and Spanish League playoffs in both of his seasons with the team. The team went as far as the Spanish League semifinals this season, which gave Gran Canaria a place in the 2018-19 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague. Altogether, Casimiro has coached seven EuroCup seasons with a 53-35 record (60.2%). He has coached in Spain for his entire career, starting with Puertollano, Almodovar del Campo and Don Benito before joining Breogan's coaching staff in 1993. He went on to coach Gandia Basket, Alicante, Salamanca, Gijon Baloncesto and Basquet Manresa, which he led to the Spanish League title in 1998. Casimiro has also coached Caceres, Valencia Basket, Baloncesto Valladolid, Fuenlabrada, Estudiantes and Sevilla. He helped Valencia reach the Saporta Cup final in 2002 and won the Spanish second-division title with Fuenlabrada in 2005.