Adidas Next Generation Tournament 2023 Coaches
Petteri Koponen - NGT Patras
Made his debut with Honka Espoo (Finland) during the 2004-05 season. Played there till the 2007-08 championship.
Moved to Italy for the 2008-09 season, signed by Virtus Bologna. Played there till the 2011-12 championship.
Moved to Russia for the 2012-13 season, signed by BC Khimki Moscow region. Played there till the 2015-16 championship.
Moved to Spain for the 2016-17 season, signed by FC Barcelona. Played there also the 2017-18 championship.
Moved to Germany for the 2018-19 season, signed by FC Bayern Munich.
David Jimeno Cortés - Joventut Badalona
David Jimeno Cortés, born 03-26-1991, Badalona.
He was a player in the lower categories of Club Joventut Badalona in his first stay, then he became part of the group of school and club coaches.
It was at the age of 24, when he became head of the youth teams, thus alternating with the position of head of youth basketball and a coach.
Among other titles, we highlight the second classified in the Endesa Mini Cup U14, Champion of Catalonia for U16 and U18 clubs(2019-2022) and Champion of Spain for U18 clubs (2022).
François Fiévet - Gautier Cholet-Basket
Coach of Cholet Basket for nearly 10 years on the different age groups, I coach the U18 team since the 2015-2016 season.
I stopped playing quite early to devote myself to refereeing at the national level and to coaching the youngest in parallel. I now devote all my energy to accompany our young prospects in their training towards the highest spheres of basketball.
This first participation in the tournament honors us and will allow our players to progress by confronting the best European players. It is also the reward of the training work done by Cholet basketball for years, allowing the emergence of many renowned basketball players (NBA, Euroleague).
Dimitris Tsaldaris - Olympiacos Piraeus
Dimitris Tsaldaris is a former professional basketball player with career in Greece and Italy. Since his retirement in 2018 is the Academy director and Head coach of Olympiacos B.C U18 team.
During the seasons 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 he was also the coach of Olympiacos B team in Greek A2 division. He has a minor degree in Sports Management and current studies for Msc and MBA degree. He is married and father of three children.
Francesco Papi - Orange1 Bassano
Born in Siena, after having played in the Montepaschi Siena youth team, at the age of 19 he began his career as a coach in the youth sector at the age of 19 and worked as a video analyst for Serie A.
In the following years he always held the dual role of Youth sector coach and assistant/analyst for Serie A up to the assistantship in Euroleague.
In 2015 he moved to Bassano del Grappa to fill the role of Head of the Youth Sector, a role he still holds today. There are many well-trained youngsters who play today in Pro or College league.
Kostas Chountis - Promitheas Patras
Kostas Chountis was born at 17 January 1971, is married and has two children.
Ηe started his coaching career in 2004 in Patras leagues and has also been the first coach in the A2 National Women’s Division.
He has been coaching at the Promitheas Academy in Patras since 2021 and by the end of 2022 he lead as head coach of Promitheas Patras in the C National Men’s Division.