After announcing the departure of Lassi Tuovithe SIG Strasbourg informs that it is the Italian Luca Banchi, 57 years old, who succeeds him as coach with a contract valid until the end of the season.
After starting his career in Livorno during the 1997-98 season, Luca Banchi successively worked for the clubs of Trieste (1999-2001), Livorno (2001-2004), Trapani (2004-05) and Jesi (2005-06 ), before signing with one of the best clubs in Italy: Siena. Thus, from the 2006-/07 season, he became Simone Pianigiani’s assistant on the bench of the Italian institution. In six seasons, he participated in the hegemony of the club by finishing first in the regular season each year, winning six Italian league titles in a row, five Italian Super Cups, four Italian Cups and finishing 3rd. twice in the Euroleague
When the coach left in the summer of 2012, he took on the role of head coach. After learning and immersing himself in the culture of winning for six years alongside coach Pianigiani, he confirmed the expectations placed on him by winning the title of Champion and the Italian Cup in 2013. Emporio coach Armani Milan for the next two seasons, he crossed paths with SIG Strasbourg in the Euroleague during the 2013-14 season, a competition in which he played the quarter-finals before winning a new European Champion title a few weeks later. Italy. He started the following season with the Turin club before finishing it in Bamberg.
In 2018-19, he joined AEK Athens, a club that SIG Strasbourg have met on several occasions in the BCL. With the Greek club, he finished in first place in the regular season and won the Intercontinental Cup. After a quick spell at Kuban in Russia, he accepted a G-League assistant position with the Long Island Nets in the 2020-21 season, before returning to Italy last season by signing for Pesaro. Coach of the Latvian national team since 2021, he has just qualified the Baltic country for the next world championships, for the first time in its history, at the end of an almost perfect qualification campaign of nine victories for a only loss…
President Martial Bellon: “ Luca Banchi is one of the best Italian coaches of the last two decades. He has extensive international experience and we know his ability to win the teams he has managed. I am delighted that he has agreed to join us and take up the challenge that we have offered him. I am convinced that our team has the capacity to rectify the situation; the season is still long. Top-level sport is not a linear activity and our current situation demonstrates this. I would like to thank our partners and our supporters for the messages of support they have sent to us in recent weeks. “.
Sporting Director Nicola Alberani: “ The arrival of Luca Bianchi is a huge opportunity for us. He is a very great coach with an excellent profile and with internationally recognized experience, which has demonstrated his ability to adapt to all situations and in different leagues. The fact that he chose us is also an excellent sign because it proves, despite the situation, the attractiveness of SIG Strasbourg. We are counting on him from the next match against Fos to guide us towards our goals. “.
Luca Banchi: I am very honored to associate my name with such a prestigious organization as SIG Strasbourg. I am aware of the need to give new impetus to the team in such a delicate period. I will put all possible efforts and my experience to restore the club to the level that we all know it is. I look forward to sharing the enthusiasm of the SIG Strasbourg supporters and helping the team to be competitive in order to achieve the best possible results. “.
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