10th International Clinic Young Players Patra 2008 C.V.

Steve Spencer 


Steve Spencer was born in San Francisco on the 24th of April in 1960 and has been working from 2001-2002 as the head coach of Orange Coast University. He has led the Pirates three straight winning seasons, including the team's first playoff win in 20 years.Prior to Orange County he spent five years as an assistant of coach Steve Lavin in UCLA. With the Bruins he has averaged nearly 23 victories a year and has advanced to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments, including the 2000 and 1998 "Sweet 16" and the 1997 "Elite Eight". In Spencer's first season (1996-97) at UCLA, the Bruins captured their third consecutive Pacific-10 championship.

Earning a reputation around the country as one of the top one-on-one workout coaches, Spencer, 48, came to UCLA after three years of assistant coaching in the Australian National Basketball League. From 1994-96, he was an assistant with the Adelaide 36ers and from 1995-96, he was also the head coach for the North Adelaide Rockets club team.From 1989-94, Spencer was an assistant coach at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, under then-head coach Mike Dunlap. During that time, the Kingsmen won three conference titles and made two appearances in the NCAA Div. III Sweet 16. In 1993, Cal Lutheran was ranked No. 1 in the nation for several weeks.Before entering the college coaching ranks, from 1985-89, Spencer was an assistant varsity and head junior varsity basketball coach at his alma mater, Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo. While at Sir Francis Drake, from 1987-89, Spencer was also an assistant men's and women's varsity tennis coach.

Spencer, an accomplished camp clinician, is the coaching director of UCLA's basketball camps during the summer. He has been director and lead clinician for the Lavin, Dunlap, Pump and Shot Doctor Basketball Camps and lead clinician and coach for the Magic Johnson and Pirate Basketball Camps. From 1987-89, Spencer was the commissioner of the Nike/ARC Basketball Spring League in Marin County, CA and the Sir Francis Drake High School Summer Basketball League.

As a player, Spencer accumulated experience at the collegiate, junior college and high school levels. In 1984, he was a starting guard at Sonoma State in Rohnert Park and also lettered on the varsity track team as a distance runner. Before transferring to Sonoma State, Spencer attended the College of Marin in Kentfield, CA. While at the College of Marin, he was a starting guard from 1979-81, earning All-League honors in 1980-81 and was voted the team's Best Defensive Player from 1979-81. Spencer was a standout prep guard at Sir Francis Drake from 1976-78. In 1977-78, he earned first-team All-League and was Sir Francis Drake's captain and Most Valuable Player.

Three of UCLA's four coaches all attended Sir Francis Drake High School. Spencer was a senior in 1977-78 and Bruin head coach Steve Lavin and assistant Jim Saia were seniors at Sir Francis Drake in 1981-82.

Spencer earned his Masters Degree in counseling and guidance from Cal Lutheran in 1993. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education from Sonoma State in 1985. In 1986 at Sonoma State, he earned his teaching credential in physical education with a biology supplement. In 1981, he earned his A. A. Science degree from the College of Marin. While at the College of Marin in 1981, Spencer also received the Male Scholar/Athlete Dr. Harry Hensler Scholarship Award.

An accomplished writer, Spencer has had several coaching and instructional articles published by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and Winning Hoops. As a senior at Sir Francis Drake High School in 1978, Spencer was a winner in the Quill and Scroll National Sports Writing contest and earned recognition in the sports writer category from the Press Club of San Francisco.

Luca Banchi

banchi.jpgThe 42-years-old Banchi who was born in Grosseto and will teach about "Passing: technique and tactics" and about "1-on-1: on and off the ball".

His first experiences take place with the Grosseto club's youth teams, and later in the B/2 Series as assistant coach for the Forze Armate Vigna di Valle (1985/1986) and l'Affrico Firenze (1986/1987) - groups which also entrust him with the running of their youth teams.He lends his name to Don Bosco Livorno from the 1987/1988 to the 1998/1999 season. Having become national coach in 1988, Luca Banchi is responsible for the Livorno youth teams' winning the Italian Junior title in 1995, 1996, 1997.  In the 1997/1998 tournament he is promoted to head coach of Bini Viaggi who competes for the A2 Series championship. In the course of his two years with Ardenza, Banchi reaches two consecutive national finals for a promotion and is awarded the title of Coach of the Year (1998) for Italy's second series. The move to A/1 Series occurs during the 1999/2000 season, on the bench with Pallacanestro Trieste. Guiding Telit for two years, Luca Banchi triumphs in the playoffs at the end of the first year and takes part in the Coppa Korac during the second.The three-year period from 2001-2004 finds him once again a protagonist in Tuscany, competeing in championships in which Mabo Livorno remains at the highest level of Italian basketball, relying mostly on green Italian players promoted to the first team. During the  2004/2005 tournament, Luca Banchi is in the LegaDue guiding Basket Trapani, who achieve sweet salvation, once again betting on a team of young players. His last season with Aurora Jesi (LegaDue), he closed with a  track record of 15 victories and 15 losses (6th place in the regular season) and participation in the quarterfinal playoffs.

In the summer of 2006, he's chosen to become a part of Men Sana Basket's plan in the role of assistant coach. Working side by side with Pianigiani and serving as a fundamental link between the first and youth teams, Banchi is one of the forces behind Montepaschi's spring 2007 title win.Luca Banchi has had an active role in the growth of Italy's best prospective players. Assistant to the Nazionale Italiana Juniores at the World Championship in Athens (1995) and at the European Championship in Francia (1996), he became technical coach of the Nazionale Italiana Under 20 winning the "Challenge Round" in the Ukraine in 2001. Also in 2001, he won the bronze medal at the Mediterranean Games in Tunisia with the Nazionale Sperimentale team. Banchi led the Nazionale Italiana Militare to the silver medal at the World Championship in Croatia.

Kostas Petropoulos


Kostas Petropoulos was bon on the 7th of January 1956. He played professionally at Apollon Patras from 1968 to 1987 and become famous about his ‘'plastic" moves, which gave him the nickname "Nureyev".Following six surgeons he was forced to an early retirement. In 1986 he was the second best scorer of the greek league and in 1987 he gained the third position in the same statistical category. He scored in total 4.255 points in the Greek League.He debuted in the national team on the 22th of June in 1975 and played 82 times wearing the colors of Greece. Until his last international game (13 February of 1985) he scored 811 points.

As a player of the national team he participated once in the European Championship, three times in the Mediterranean Games, three times in the Balkan Championship, twice in the European Championship's challenge round, once in the Olympic Qualification Tournament and once in the preliminary round of the World Championship. He gained two gold medals in the Mediterranean Games and the Balkan Championship.As a player he started his started his coaching career. He started from Arionas, worked in Olympiada and Apollon Patras, before coaching in the A1 League, begging with Peristeri (1991-93 and continuing in Apollonas Patras (1993-95), Sporting (1996-1998), Maroussi (1998-1999) and Panellinios (2005).

His first experience as a national team coach was in 1988. He was the head coach of the juniors' team (Manhim tournament 1993), the women's team (challenge round 1989), the cadets' team (4th place in the European Championship of 1988). He was the assistant coach, working side by side with Makis Dendrinos and Efthimios Kioumourtzoglou, in the European Championship of 1989 (silver medal), of 1991 (5th place), of 1993 (4th place) and the World Championship of 1990 (6th place).He returned to the men's team bench on the 23th of March 1999 and at his first game he led the team to a win over Nederland (64-39) in the 2nd of June 1999 at OAKA.



Giannis Christopoulos



Ηe was born in the 7th of June in 1974 and was one of the youngest head-coach to participate in A1 League. He worked in Patras, Germany and Cyprus, before taking the opportunity that AEL gave him. Although he was named the interim head coach of Apollon Patras, Larissa was his fist complete season as a head coach in A1. He began his career as a member of the technical staff of Universitatea Cluj Napoca.

He worked at the junior teams of Apollon Patras and was Faidonas Mathaiou's associate in Panachaiki. He become a member of the coaching staff of Apollon Patras in 1988, as an assistant to both Kostas Petropoulos and Dirk Bauerman, whom he followed in Brnat Hagen and Baburg.

In 2004 he led APEOL to the FIBA Cup's semifinals and to the Cypriot Cup's final. In 2005 he returned to Apollon as an assistant coach. He was name head coach in the place o Darko Rousso in the middle of the season and after that he worked in AEL and Olympiada Patras.

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