Itoudis named EuroLeague Coach of the Year
Successful CSKA Moscow boss Dimitris Itoudis has been named the 2018/2019 EuroLeague Coach of the Year.
The EuroLeague revealed the news with these following posts on its social media platforms:
This is the second time when Itoudis has been named the EuroLeague Coach of the Year after he initially won the award in 2016.
The honour is named after legendary Russian coach Alexander Gomelsky. Between 1958 and 1960, Gomelsky took ASK Riga to three successive EuroLeague titles, before winning the competition again with CSKA in 1971.
Giorgos Bartzokas is the only other Greek to have previously won the award (2013, Olympiacos).
In May, Itoudis won his second EuroLeague championship with CSKA, defeating Anadolu Efes in the final. The 48-year-old, who has taken CSKA to five consecutive Final Fours in the EuroLeague since joining the Moscow club in 2014, is the first Greek head coach in history to win the competition twice.
Itoudis then completed the double by winning the VTB United League as CSKA comfortably beat Khimki in the decisive series. His contract with CSKA was due to expire this summer, but in early June, the Muscovites revealed that the Greek penned a new deal to remain in his position of head coach until 2021.