Valencia re-signs coach Martinez

Jun 17, 2016 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Valencia re-signs coach Martinez
Three-time Eurocup champion Valencia Basket reached an agreement with head coach Pedro Martinez to keep working together next season, the club announced Friday. Martinez, who will turn 55 on Sunday, helped Valencia to have a successful season in the Spanish League, winning 31 of its 40 games to finish third overall. Valencia, however, had an early exit in the 2015-16 Eurocup, missing the elimination series on a tie-break lost against Limoges CSP. Martinez had joined Valencia from Spanish side La Bruixa d'or Manresa, which he coached last season. He led Akasvayu Girona to the then-called ULEB Cup title game in 2008, downing Unics Kazan and Dynamo Moscow before losing against DKV Joventut Badalona. Martinez won the 1990 Korac Cup title with Joventut, sweeping the two-way finals against Scavolini Pesaro to become the youngest coach - age 28 - to win a European club competition. He has also coached Manresa, Salamanca, Ourense, Granada, Menorca, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Tau Ceramica, Estudiantes and Sevilla. Martinez ranks second in most games coached in Spanish League history - 711, only trailing Aito Garcia Reneses. Martinez also reached the Eurocup quarterfinals with Gran Canaria in 2010 and took that team to the Spanish League semifinals in 2013.