Saturday, June 29, 2024

Olympiacos Extends Giorgos Bartzokas' Contract Until 2026

Olympiacos has officially announced the extension of head coach Giorgos Bartzokas' contract, ensuring his leadership of the team until the summer of 2026. The 59-year-old coach had one year remaining on his previous deal, but the club decided to secure his expertise for an additional two years.

Bartzokas is celebrated as one of the top Greek coaches, having led Olympiacos to numerous triumphs, including a EuroLeague victory in 2013. During his recent tenure, he has guided the team to three consecutive EuroLeague Final Fours in Belgrade (2022), Kaunas (2023), and Berlin (2024). Under his guidance, Olympiacos has also clinched two Greek championships (2022, 2023), three Greek Cups (2022, 2023, 2024), and two Super Cups (2022, 2023).

Bartzokas' association with Olympiacos began in June 2012, marking the start of a highly successful period. In the 2012-13 season, he led the team to a EuroLeague championship, making history as the first Greek coach to win the title. He was named EuroLeague Coach of the Year in 2013 and also secured the FIBA Intercontinental Cup the same year.

His coaching career began at a young age of 22 while still playing club basketball. He spent several years as the assistant coach to Panagiotis Giannakis at Maroussi before signing on as the head coach of Olympia Larissa in 2006. With Olympia, he achieved the club's first-ever playoffs appearance in the Greek Basket League, finishing 7th place and repeating the feat the following season.

In 2009, Bartzokas became the head coach of Maroussi and was named the Greek League Best Coach in 2010. He then took the helm at Panionios before joining Olympiacos in 2012. After his initial stint with Olympiacos, Bartzokas coached Lokomotiv Kuban, leading them to their first-ever EuroLeague Final Four appearance. He also had a brief tenure with FC Barcelona and a return to the VTB United League with Khimki.

Bartzokas' return to Olympiacos in January 2020 marked a new chapter. Despite the 2020-21 season being disrupted by the pandemic, he focused on rebuilding the team's roster. The following seasons saw Olympiacos achieve significant national and international success, including another Greek Cup victory in 2021 and a series of titles in 2022 and 2023.

Olympiacos' decision to extend Bartzokas' contract reflects their confidence in his ability to lead the team to further success. The club's management expressed their enthusiasm, highlighting his integral role in the team's achievements and his potential to steer them to new heights. As the longest-serving coach in Olympiacos' basketball history, Bartzokas continues to build on his legacy, aiming for even greater accomplishments in the upcoming seasons.

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