03/07/2009 - INTERNATIONAL CLINIC SALONICA 2009 BIOS

Lawrence Frank

frank_megali.jpgLawrence Frank is beginning his fifth full season as the Nets head coach, having been officially appointed on June 21, 2004, after being tabbed as the interim head coach on January 26, 2004. Prior to his initial head coaching position, Frank had spent three and a half seasons as an assistant coach for the Nets. Lawrence is currently the second-longest tenured coach in the Eastern Conference.

Frank began his NBA coaching career in record-setting style, as he went 13-0 from January 27-February 24, which set a new NBA mark for the most consecutive wins by a head coach to begin a coaching career. The 13-game winning streak was also the longest winning streak of any coach in any of the four major professional sports to begin a career. During the streak, the Nets won six consecutive games on the road, which gave Frank the mark for the most wins by a head coach on the road at the outset of their coaching career. During the first full month of his coaching regime (February), Frank led the Nets to an 11-2 record, which earned him recognition as the NBA Eastern Conference 'Coach of the Month.' The 11-2 mark also established a Nets franchise record for winning percentage in a month with an .846 mark.

In 2004-05, the Nets recovered from a 3-12 start to make their fourth consecutive playoff appearance, notching the 8th seed on the final day of the regular season. The team finished the season winning 14 of their last 18 games, including an 8-2 mark during the month of April. The team's season-ending performance earned Frank April 'Coach of the Month' honors.

During the 2005-06 season, the Nets tied a franchise record by winning 14 consecutive games in March and April (11 in March) which earned Frank NBA Eastern Conference ‘Coach of the Month' honors for March.

Frank became the franchise's all-time leader in coaching victories (NBA) in 2006-07, compiling 157 career wins after finishing the season with a 41-41 record. Under Frank's direction, the Nets closed the season with a 7-2 mark, earning Frank NBA Eastern Conference "Coach of the Month' honors for April.

A native of Teaneck, New Jersey, Frank spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the Vancouver Grizzlies under Brian Hill. Frank's responsibilities with the Grizzlies included scouting upcoming opponents as well as practice and bench coaching duties.

Prior to joining the Grizzlies, Frank served as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee for three seasons under Head Coach Kevin O'Neill. Frank first worked with O'Neill as a staff assistant at Marquette in 1992 and during his tenure, helped lead the Marquette Warriors to two NCAA Tournament berths and a Sweet 16 appearance in 1994.

Xavi Pascual

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Xavi (Xavier) Pascual was born on the 1972 in Gava and is one of the representatives of the nouvelle vague of Spanish Basketball. He started his career at the age of 19 in the youth teams of Barcelona.

He continued in Gava and Conrella, which competed in the local and National Divisions of Spain. In 2000 he sat on the bench of Olesa, while from 2001 until 2004 he worked in Arathena.

In 2004 he entered the coaching staff of Barcelona. From 2005 he was the assistant next to Dusco Ivanovic, whom he succeeded in the role of the head coach in 2008.

In his rookie season he led Barcelona to the 2nd place of the regular season and the Eurolegue's final-four.

Matteo Boniciolli

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He was born in Trieste in 1972 and made his coaching debut in the local team, Stefanel as the assistant to Bogdan Tanjevic. His first head coach experience was in 1999-2000, when he led Udine to "Lega A". The following year he helped the "rookie" team to an excellent season, which was concluded with the play-off birth.

In 2001-2002 he "moved" to Fortitundo Bologna. The first year the team participated in the Finals, while the next season he left the bench in the middle of the regural season.

In 2003-2004 he took over Messina and the following year he worked in Teramo. From 2006 to 2008 he sat in the bench of Avellino, where he had great success as the team finished in the 4th place winning the Italian Cup and the ticket to the Euroleague Competition.

His European recognition didn't come with Avellino, as he left the team to work in Virtus Bologna, where he won the EuroChallenge Cup. In the Italian league the club from Bologna participated in the play-offs.

Soulis Markopoulos

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Soulis Markopoulos was born in the 1st of March 1949 in Salonica, the city he linked his name as a coach. The prove is that he has worked in all the major clubs: PAOK, Aris, Iraklis and Makedonikos.

In the "two-headed eagle" he started as the assistant coach next to Dusan Ivkovic, before succeeding him as a head coach in the middle of the 2003-2004 season. He managed to win the Korac Cup in Trieste.

He then sat in the bench of Aris (twice), Iraklis, Makedonikos (where he had also a role as a technical supervisor), before returning to PAOK.

He "moved" in Athens for the first time in 2007, when he accepted the proposal of AEK to replace Vaggelis Alexandris. During the 2007-2008 season he took over Maroussi, where he had two exciting years. In his first run he led the "black-yellow" club to the 4th place. The team was close to qualify in the Final and that's why he earned the "coach of the year" title.

This season he led Maroussi to the ULEB Cup's "Top-16" and the 3rd place of the Greek Championship, a position that sends the team -for the first time- to the Euroleague competition.


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