Germani Brescia Leonessa has announced the arrival of head coach Maurizio Buscaglia, who replaces Vincenzo Esposito. Buscaglia, age 51, coached Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia last season. He started his coaching career with Bears Mestre and also coached Liomatic Perugia and Dolomiti Energia Trento, where he stayed for 11 seasons in two stints. Buscaglia was chosen as the 2015-16 7DAYS EuroCup Coach of the Year. In the club's first season in any European club competition, Buscaglia led Trento to the semifinals, getting 15 wins in 22 games. He took Trento from the Italian third division to the EuroCup Semifinals in less than six seasons with the club. Buscaglia helped Trento reach the Italian League finals in 2017 and 2018, and won the Italian second division crown in 2014. He has also coached the Italian U20 national team and the Dutch national squad. "I am happy to have been chosen by such a prestigious club," Buscaglia said. "I bring my smile, the desire to do well and the desire to make the team play in the best possible way."
Five hours earlier, Brescia announced the dismissal of Coach Esposito, who was in his second season with the team. Esposito led Brescia to a 2-6 record in the EuroCup and to a 2-7 record in the Italian League. "It is always a disappointment when a relationship ends, because our way of working leads us, first of all, to respect human relationships," Brescia president Graziella Bragaglio said. "When you build something, you always think that it can go on for a long time: from all of Pallacanestro Brescia, we wish Vincenzo Esposito all the best for his career."