FC Bayern Munich named Andrea Trinchieri its new head coach, the club announced Wednesday. Trinchieri, 51, arrives from Partizan NIS Belgrade, where he had spent the past two seasons. He helped Partizan win back-to-back Serbian Cups and took the team to the 7DAYS EuroCup Playoffs with the home-court advantage for all of its series before the remainder of the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trinchieri will be succeeding Oliver Kostic, who finished the 2019-20 season as Bayern's head coach after having taken over for the fired Dejan Radonjic midway through the campaign. Trinchieri started his head coaching career with Vanoli Soresina of his native Italy. He has also coached Pepsi Caserta, Primo Veroli and Pallacanestro Cantu of Italy, UNICS Kazan of Russia, and Brose Bamberg of Germany as well as the Greek national team. He helped UNICS win the Russian Cup and reach the EuroCup Finals in 2014. Trinchieri led Bamberg to three consecutive German League titles from 2015 to 2017 plus the German Cup in 2017. He has a 42-60 record in five EuroLeague seasons with Cantu and Bamberg. Trinchieri also coached five seasons in the EuroCup with Cantu, UNICS, Bamberg and Partizan, amassing a 46-26 record. In addition to Trinchieri coming back to Germany, the coach will also re-unite with fellow Italian Daniele Baiesi, who is Bayern's sports director and held the same post with Bamberg when Trinchieri was there.
"I am really happy and proud to be part of FC Bayern, one of the largest sports clubs in the world, because it is tradition there to be successful at the highest level," Trinchieri said after the agreement. "I don't want to say big words, and who promises a lot gives little. But what I can say and promise is that we will be extremely committed and dedicated and will work, everything will result from this. There is a lot of work ahead of us, but to be honest: this is the perfect challenge."