DAN SHAMIR 370.
(photo credit: Asaf Kliger)
Dan Shamir was announced on Wednesday as the new assistant coach at Euroleague
powerhouse CSKA Moscow.
The 38-year-old was approached by decorated CSKA
head coach Ettore Messina and signed a one-year contract with an option for a
“I am thrilled to join Europe’s top club and partner with
one of the greatest coaches in Europe’s history,” said Shamir, who coached
Hapoel Holon in the past two seasons and was set to continue at the club for
“I would like to thank the management of Hapoel Holon for
allowing me to pursue this great opportunity. I am extremely motivated and
intend to give my absolute best in order to help coach Messina and the
organization fulfill CSKA’s great challenges.”
Shamir will be replaced at
Holon by Lior Lubin, who guided Hapoel Gilboa/Galil last season. Sharon Drucker
will coach Gilboa in 2013/14 after leaving Hapoel Jerusalem, while Robi Balinko
will lead Barak Netanya in place of Danny Franco.
Shamir joined Holon
after a couple of mediocre seasons at Bnei Hasharon, but he began his
head-coaching career by leading Jerusalem to back-toback State Cup triumphs in
2007 and 2008, while also working as an assistant coach at Maccabi Tel Aviv and
at Dynamo Moscow in 2008/09 under David Blatt.
“Coach Shamir has big and
successful experience of assistant coaching work under legendary Pini Gershon
and David Blatt, he has worked as a head coach for five years,” said
“He possesses good knowledge of the game, knows basketball
culture and I think he will do his best to substitute Quin Snyder. We are happy
to greet Dan onto CSKA’s coaching staff.”