Anadolu Efes Istanbul has reached a brand new settlement with head coach Ergin Ataman to maintain working collectively for 2 extra years, till the top of the 2022-23 season, the membership introduced Thursday. Ataman, age 55, is in his third stint on the Efes bench and has led the membership to a brand new golden period. In 2019, Ataman guided Efes to its first Turkish Airways EuroLeague Championship Sport only one 12 months after the membership had completed final within the competitors, in what is taken into account one of many largest turnaround’s in basketball historical past on the elite degree. He and Efes additionally received the membership’s first Turkish League title in 10 years that season. During the last three seasons, Ataman has a 72-31 EuroLeague document (68.6%) with Efes.
Ataman had beforehand coached Efes from 1999 to 2001 and from 2008 and 2010. He guided the workforce to its first Remaining 4 in 2000 and to the Turkish League title in 2009. Ataman additionally led Montepaschi Siena to the 2002 Saporta Cup crown and the 2003 EuroLeague Remaining 4. For 5 years, Ataman coached Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul, with whom he received the 2016 7DAYS EuroCup crown in addition to the Turkish League title in 2013. Ataman began his teaching profession with Turk Telekom Ankara in 1996. He has additionally coached Fortitudo Bologna in Italy in addition to Pinar Karsiyaka, Ulker and Besiktas in his native Turkey, successful the 2012 FIBA Euro Problem and Turkish League titles with the latter. As well as, Ataman coached the Turkish nationwide workforce from 2014 to 2016. He has been on the bench for 291 EuroLeague video games this century, with a 144-147 document (49.5% wins).