Who is Kostas Missas
Kostas Missas was appointed by the Hellenic Basketball Federation (EOK) as the new head coach of the Greek national basketball team and AGONAsport.com brings you everything you need to know about who is the 64-year old boss.
As a player, Missas made his name known with Panionios being a member of the Nea Smyrniotes for 18 years (1968-1986). With Panionios, Missas played in the the A’ Ethniki, appeared in the Korac Cup (1976), and the Greek Cup Final in 1977. He then played a couple of season at Panathinaikos (1986-1988), before returning to Panionios to end his career.
Kostas Missas has a long history with the Galanolefki jersey as a player. He first played for the U18 national team scoring 116 points in 15 games. With the men’s team, Missas counted 45 appearances, scoring 238 points and averaged 5.29 PPG. He appeared in four Balkan Championships (1977, 1978, 1981, 1982), the Intercontinental Cup (1975), the 1983 Eurobasket qualifiers, and the 1984 Pre-Olympic tournament. His highest scoring game with the Ethniki came in friendly match against Romania where he scored 20 points.
Missas’ coaching career started off at Pera SC and was then an assistant to Vlade Durovic at Panionios. Following Durovic’s departure from Nea Smyrni, Missas replaced him as the team’s head coach. Apart from Panionios, Missas has worked as a head coach at numerous teams, including Peristeri, the Cypriot National Team, Papagou, Apollon Patras, Daphne, KAOD, and Chalkida SC. He is currently the technical director of the Olympiacos’ women’s team.
On a national level, Missas has served as the coach for both the women’s national team and the men’s U19 national team. With the Ethniki Neon, Missas led them to the 2009 European Championship title and to the final of the 2010 European Championship. With the women’s national team, Missas coached the team to an all-time best 5th place finish at the 2009 Eurobasket Women, while earning a ticket to the World Championship for the first time in the team’s history.
If there is one thing certain is that Missas will have a tough task ahead. The roster will be full of high quality players and expectations will be high. Missas is not new to international basketball and his experience with the youth teams and the women's national team will surely help as he leads the men's’ team to in the Eurobasket campaign.