There will be many new faces on the sidelines this season with no less than eight 7DAYS EuroCup squads having signed new head coaches over the summer. The list includes several big names – including former EuroLeague and EuroBasket winners – alongside one coach taking part in the EuroCup for the first time. Here's a look at these influential coaches, who will have major impacts on how this season plays out.
Luis Casimiro, Promitheas Patras
By hiring Luis Casimiro, one of the youngest teams in the EuroCup gained a ton of experience. Promitheas Patras enters its third EuroCup campaign and has yet to play a game in the quarterfinals. Casimiro has a career 60% winning percentage in the EuroCup and has been to the quarterfinals five times. This could be the perfect match to take Promitheas to the next level.
Vincent Collet, Boulogne Metropolitans 92
Vincent Collet is one of the most respected and accomplished coaches in France and has eight seasons of EuroCup experience as well as several more in the EuroLeague. He guided Strasbourg to the 2016 EuroCup Finals and has won the French League with two different clubs. Collet also led the French national team to a EuroBasket title and medals at both the Olympics and the World Cup. His arrival at Boulogne Metropolitans 92 could be a turning point for the club which reached the quarterfinals last season.
Aleksandar Dzikic, Buducnost VOLI Podgorica
This will be Aleksandar Dzikic's second stint with Buducnost VOLI Podgorica and the first one went quite well. He led the team to the EuroCup Quarterfinals and the championships in both the ABA and Montenegrin Leagues in 2018, thus clinching a ticket to the EuroLeague for the following season. In his only other EuroCup campaign. Dzikic guided Rytas Vilnius to the semifinals in 2012. Things look promising for 2021-22.
Laurent Legname, Mincidelice JL Bourg en Bresse
Laurent Legname came to Mincidelice JL Bourg en Bresse after six seasons with JDA Dijon, which he led to the best record in the French League with the league's best defense last season. The season before, he helped Dijon place third in the Basketball Champions League. A point guard as a player, Legname is only 44 years of age and eager to prove himself with Bourg under the spotlight of the EuroCup.
Petar Mijovic, Slask Wroclaw
After spending almost all of his career in his native Montenegro or nearby Kosovo, Petar Mijovic takes a head coaching position somewhere else in Europe. He coached the EuroCup in each of the past two seasons with Buducnost VOLI Podgorica. Only 39 years old, Mijovic signed a three-year deal in June with Slask Wroclaw and will put all his efforts into helping the club become a perennial power at home and in Europe.
Zeljko Obradovic, Partizan NIS Belgrade
The winningest coach in EuroLeague history will coach in the EuroCup for the first time. The first of Zeljko Obradovic's record nine EuroLeague titles came with Partizan in 1992 – at the end of his first season as a head coach. This season he returns to his beloved club after nearly three decades away and his mere presence caused a battery of talents to line up to play for Partizan. With Obradovic on the bench, Partizan instantly became a title-contender.
Joan Peñarroya, Valencia Basket
Valencia Basket is the winningest club in EuroCup history and now will be led by Joan Peñarroya, whose shares have been rising from season to season. After a long run with MoraBanc Andorra, which he led from the third division in Spain to a EuroCup berth, Peñarroya took San Pablo Burgos to new heights by capturing back-to-back Basketball Champions League crowns. Valencia fans have reasons to be excited.
Sergio Scariolo, Virtus Segafredo Bologna
Sergio Scariolo is back coaching a club in Europe for the first time since 2014, but he's been working on the global stage throughout that time, during which he led the Spanish national team to gold medals at both the EuroBasket and World Cup and won the NBA crown as an assistant coach with Toronto. In Scariolo's only previous season in the EuroCup, he led Khimki Moscow Region to the finals in 2009.