One of the most successful clubs in the competition this decade, Olympiacos Piraeus, signed former Turkish Airlines EuroLeague champion head coach David Blatt to a two-year contract on Wednesday. He replaces Ioannis Sfairopoulos, who had led the Reds for the last four seasons. Blatt, 59, arrives from Darussafaka Istanbul, with whom he won the 7DAYS EuroCup title in April, a year after he had guided the club to the EuroLeague Playoffs for the first time. Blatt had previously been a EuroLeague champion with Maccabi on two occasions a decade apart, as the head coach in 2014 and as an assistant coach in 2004.
Blatt is a true globe-trotter of the coaching profession, having headed benches in six countries. He started at Hapoel Galil Elyon in Israel before moving to Maccabi. He subsequently had stints in Russia, with Dynamo St. Petersburg and Dynamo Moscow; in Italy, with Benetton Treviso; in Turkey, with Efes Pilsen and Darussafaka; and in the United States, with the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. Olympiacos becomes his second team in Greece after Aris Thessaloniki. He lifted trophies with four of those teams and received an NBA championship ring from the Cleveland team that he led for a season-and-a-half on its way to the 2016 title. Blatt also spent six years as the head coach of the Russian national team.
With a resume as expansive as any head coach in the world, Blatt's overflowing cupboard also includes winning the 2005 FIBA EuroChallenge with Dynamo St. Petersburg; the 2012 Adriatic League, five Israeli championships and six Israeli Cups with Maccabi; and an Italian League and Italian Cup with Benetton Treviso. He guided Team Russia to the title at EuroBasket 2007 and bronze medals at EuroBasket 2011 and the 2012 Olympic Games. Blatt was named the Euroleague Basketball Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year for the 2013-14 season. He joins coaching legend Dusan Ivkovic as the only men to have won a EuroLeague crown, EuroCup title, EuroBasket gold and an Olympic medal.