20 October, 2020
09 May, 2021
Txus Vidorreta (TENRF)
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Young blood entering list of most successful coaches in BCL

MIES (Switzerland) - There are some indisputable facts of life that don't change even in these unusual times, and Txus Vidorreta leading all coaches for most victories in Basketball Champions League history is one of them.

The decorated Spanish coach has widened his lead in the past calendar year, as we will see in more detail below, so nobody is threatening to dethrone him from first place as the winningest coach in the BCL.

There are however several up-and-coming coaches who are poised to take a place on the podium by the end of the year, which makes the 2020-21 season as intriguing on the sidelines as it is within the four lines of the court.

*Name in bold denotes a coach active in the BCL in 2020-21

Txus Vidorreta  45  61 73.8%
Zvezdan Mitrovic  33  40 82.5%
Ilias Papatheodorou 33  54 61.1%
Vincent Collet 32  60 53.3%
Walter De Raffaele 32  52 61.5%
Oren Amiel 31  50 62.0%
Dario Gjergja 29  61 47.5%
David-Oded Kattache 29  37 78.4%
John Patrick 29  54 53.7%
Stefano Sacripanti 26 45 57.7%
Sasa Filipovski 26 38 68.4%
Ufuk Sarica 23 33 69.7%
Mladen Drijencic 21 34 61.7%
Nenad Markovic 21 48 43.8%
Laurent Legname 20 37 54.0%
Pascal Donnadieu 20 34 58.8%
Roel Moors 18 34 52.9%
Zoran Lukic 18 36 50.0%
Hakan Demir 17 34 50.0%
Federico Pasquini 17 34 50.%

Depending on how the season pans out for their respective teams, Dario Gjergja of Filou Oostende, Oren Amiel of ERA Nymburk and Ilias Papatheodorou of AEK are set to battle it out for second and third place for most wins in the competition.

Meanwhile, Oded Kattache of Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem, Ufuk Sarica of Pinar Karsiyaka, Hakan Demir of Tofas Bursa, Laurent Legname of JDA Dijon and Zoran Lukic of Nizhny Novgorod are not far behind and are bound to position themselves as contenders for a top-5 spot in the near future.

Interestingly, Kattache has a 78.4% win percentage, which means he is the coach with the best statistical chance to overtake or at least equalize Zvezdan Mitrovic's impressive 82.5 percent.

If, however, we take into consideration Regular Season wins only, the shortened four-team groups format that the BCL adapted for 2020-21 due to the Covid-19 pandemic means that Gjergja, Amiel and Papatheodorou are the only ones with clear options to step on the podium.

The Croatian coach of the Belgian champions and the Israeli head coach of Nymburk have 28 Regular Season wins each, while the Greek head coach of AEK has 27, so all three have within their reach second-placed Vincent Collet, who has 30 wins in the Regular Season.