Panathinaikos OPAP Athens has hired Oded Kattash as its new head coach through the end of the 2021-22 season. Kattash, 46, knows the club well after helping it win the EuroLeague in 2000. He arrives from Hapoel Jerusalem in his native Israel, where Kattash has been head coach since 2018. At Panathinaikos, he replaces Georgios Vovoras as head coach; Kostas Charalampidis has served as the Greens' interim head coach the last two weeks. Lior Lubin leaves his post as head coach of Israeli side Hapoel Galil Gilboa to join Panathinaikos as Kattash's assistant coach.
Kattash had an illustrious playing career with boyhood club Maccabi Tel Aviv and Panathinaikos, where he played from 1999 through 2001 and was a teammate of the Greens' current co-general manager Fragiskos Alvertis. A knee injury ended Kattash's career as he was entering his prime at age 28. He began his coaching career in 2004 with Hapoel Galil Elyon and debuted as a EuroLeague coach in 2007 with Maccabi Tel Aviv, where he went 6-3 before resigning. Kattash has since coached Galil, Hapoel Eilat and Hapoel Tel Aviv and has served as Israel's national team coach since 2017. He won the Israeli League with Galil in 2010 and Israeli Cups with Jerusalem in 2019 and 2020.