Virtus tabs Scariolo as head coach

Jun 18, 2021 by Print
Virtus tabs Scariolo as head coach

For the first time in seven years, one of the most-crowned coaches of his generation is returning to European courts with the announcement on Friday that Virtus Segafredo Bologna has reached an agreement to put Sergio Scariolo, a reigning World Cup champion, at the head of its bench for the coming 7DAYS EuroCup season.

Scariolo, age 60, arrives from Toronto of the NBA, where he worked as an assistant coach since 2018, winning the NBA title in 2019. He last walked the sidelines for a European club while leading Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz to an 11-13 record in the 2013-14 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, but has been ever-present as the head coach of the highly successful Spanish national team, culminating with their World Cup title in 2019.

Scariolo started his coaching career with Scavolini Pesaro, leading the club to Italian League title in 1990 at the age of 29. He also coached Aurora Desio, Fortitudo Bologna and AX Armani Exchange Milan in Italy, as well as Baskonia, Real Madrid and Unicaja Malaga in Spain, and Khimki Moscow Region in Russia. He helped Baskonia lift the Spanish Copa del Rey title in 1999 and won two Spanish League titles, with Real in 2000 and with Unicaja in 2006. He also guided Unicaja to the Copa del Rey trophy in 2005 and to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four in 2007. His career record in 12 EuroLeague seasons is 103-94.

In his only previous EuroCup campaign, 2008-09, Scariolo led Khimki to the competition's championship game before losing against Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius and finishing with an 8-4 record.

Scariolo has also coached the Spanish national team in two stints, leading it to great achievements. From 2009 to 2012, he helped Spain win the EuroBasket for the first and second time in 2009 and 2011 before earning the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. He returned to the Spanish national team in 2015, adding a third EuroBasket crown in 2015 plus bronze medals at EuroBasket 2017 and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil. He then led Spain to 2019 World Cup title in Beijing, China, with an 8-0 record and a 75-95 victory in the final.