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(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Pini Gershon, the most successful coach in Israeli basketball history, has found
himself a new challenge.
The 59-year-old announced on Saturday night that
he will join the management of struggling BSL club Hapoel Holon.
who won three European cups as coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv as well as numerous
local titles, will be chairman of the management group currently running Holon
and is expected to help the club attract sponsors.
Gershon will be
returning to Holon after more than 30 years, having guided the team during one
of his first coaching jobs, between 1977 and 1979.
“Holon is one of the
top three clubs in the country,” Gershon said after one of several meetings with
Holon Mayor Moti Sasson on Thursday.
“We need patience because good
things take time to build. I’ve said no to big clubs in Europe, but I’m saying
yes to Holon, and for free.”
One of Gershon’s first moves is expected to
be the hiring of former Bnei Hasharon coach Dan Shamir, who worked under him at