copy_spaxia_b.jpgNeven Spahija

Neven Spahija was born in the 6th of November in Sibenik.

He started his coaching career in the girl's youth teams of Elemes Sibenik (1984-1986) and the next year he worked as an assistant coach at the men's team. From 1992 until 1994 he was responsible for the youth teams of Zrinievac Zagreb and over the next two years he was the assistant coach in the same team. The following job was his first as an head coach at Grandine Pula, before returning at the youngsters, gaining the position of the technical coordinator of the Olympia's youth teams (1997-1999) and after that the role of assistant coach in men's team of the club.

In January 2000 he was named head coach of Cibona Zagreb. From December 2001 until the summer of 2003 he moved in Slovenia and Krka Novo Mesto.The Russian Avtodor Saratov followed (December 2003) and after that the italian Roseto (until 2005), Lietuvos Ritas (2005-2006), Maccabi Tel Aviv (2006-2007) and Tau. With the team from Vaskonia he celebrated last May the championship of ACB and he participated in the Euroleague's final-four in Madrid.
In his career he has gained many titles such as the championship in Croatia (2000, 2001), the championship in Slovenia (2003) and the Croatian cup (2000, 2001).

 Moreover he worked in the national teams of Croatia. In 2001 he was the head coach of the U22 team celebrating the silver medal in the World Championship and after that he was the head coach of the men's team for several years.

Eric Musselman

 2006-06-02-mussel.jpgEric Musselman enters his first year as the head coach of the Sacramento Kings. Prior to signing on as the 20th head coach in Kings' franchise history, Musselman spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies under Mike Fratello.

A young, energetic coach with a proven track record, Musselman has been successful on various levels throughout his coaching career. He was named head coach of the Golden State Warriors on July 6, 2002 at the ripe age of 37, making him the youngest head coach in the NBA at the time. In two seasons, he guided the Warriors to a 75-89 mark (.463), including a 38-44 record during his first season at the helm, which earned Golden State the NBA's most improved record in 2003 (17-win improvement from the year before). His efforts that season made him the runner-up for the NBA Coach of the Year award. Despite losing young stars Antawn Jamison and Gilbert Arenas the following year via trade and free agency, respectively, Musselman's Warriors posted a 37-45 mark.

Prior to joining the Warriors, Musselman worked as an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks (2000-02) under Lon Kruger and as an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic (1998-00) under Chuck Daly and Doc Rivers. His first NBA coaching experience came as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves (1990-91) on the staff of his late father, Bill Musselman.

Before his assignment with the Magic, Musselman served a seven-year stint as the head coach of the Florida Beach Dogs of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), where he posted a 270-122 record (.688), earning the second-highest winning percentage in league history behind George Karl. From 1990 through 1997, Musselman had 24 players called-up to the NBA, the highest number in the league during that span. He holds the distinction of being the only person in CBA history to coach in five league All-Star Games (1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997) and was the first coach in professional basketball history to win 100 games by the age of 28. When he was 23, Musselman became the youngest coach in CBA history. As the Rapid City Thrillers' (later became Florida Beach Dogs) general manager in 1988-89, he hired current Pistons head coach Flip Saunders as the team's head coach.

Musselman also was the head coach of the Florida Sharks of the United States Basketball League. In the summers of 1995 and 1996, he coached the Sharks to a combined 53-3 record (.946, including playoffs) and back-to-back USBL Championships. He holds the highest winning percentage in league history .946, 53-3). His teams once won 15 consecutive games, a USBL record, and never suffered a home loss. A graduate of the University of San Diego, Musselman played in two NCAA Tournaments as a member of the Toreros basketball team, and is a three-time member of the West Coast Athletic Conference All-Academic squad. He was selected by the CBA's Albany Patroons in the fifth round (58th overall) of the 1987 Draft following his collegiate career.

Musselman, an avid workout enthusiast, enjoys spending time with his two sons, Michael (10) and Matthew (6). He resides in the Natomas area of Sacramento.

Mike Dunlap

dunlap.jpgMike Dunlap will be the forth lecturer of the International Basketball Clinic, which will be held by the Greek Basketball Coaches Association (17-19 of July) in Athens.The 50-years-old coach, who has experience from every level of the American basketball (NBA, college basketball and national teams) and was -until now- working as an assistant coach of the Denver Nuggets, will be surrounded by Aito Reneses, Oktay Mahmuti and Erik Musselman, the other three lecturers.

Mike Dunlap will teach about the "1-1-3" zone defense, the defensive transition and the offense against zone. He was born in Alaska in 1958 and starting from the next season will standing next to legendary Luke Olson in the coaching staff of Arizona University, leaving the Denver Nuggets, where he work side by side with George Carl for two years.Before that he had an incredible nine-year run as the Head Coach at Metro State College of Denver. Over that span, Dunlap compiled a 248-50 (.832) record and won Division II national titles in 2000 and 2002. The Roadrunners also advanced to the Final Four in 1999 - where they lost in the championship game - and in 2004. He was named National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Coach of the Year twice (2000 and 2002) and leaves as Metro State's all-time winningest coach.

In May 2006, he was named a court coach for the Under-18 National Team trials for USA Basketball. He also was a court coach at the 2005 USA Men's Under-22 National Team trials.Prior to his arrival at Metro State, Dunlap served three seasons as the head coach of the Adelaide 36ers of the National Basketball League in Australia. The 36ers posted a 59-33 record during his tenure and advanced to the NBL Final Four in 1995 and 1996.Before arriving in Australia, Dunlap was the head coach at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif., compiling an 80-54 record over five seasons. He led CLU to three conference championships and was named Kodak District Coach of the Year in 1994.

Dunlap has also worked as an assistant coach at the University of Southern California under George Raveling, the University of Iowa and Loyola Marymount University - his alma mater.He admits that his philosophy was influenced by Ed Goorjian (the head coach of the Australian national team), John Chaney and Pete Newell.

Dunlap and his wife Mollie have three children: Holt, Spencer and Ellie.

Oktay Mahmuti

Following Aito Reneses another great European coach we attend the International Basketball Clinic, which is held by the Greek Basketball Coaches Association during the Olympic Qualification Tournament. We are referring to Oktay Mahmuti of Benetton Treviso, who will teach in Athens on the 17th, the 18th and the 19th of July.
In spite of his young age (40 years old) he is considered as one of the top coaches in Europe and an expert on defensive tactics. The latter will be on of the topics of his lectures.
The coach from Turkey (born on 6th of May 1968) began his coaching career at a very young age. His first experience was the youth teams of Eczacibasi Istanbul, while at the age of 24 become a member of Efes Pilsen's coaching staff.
He had been working as an assistant coach for eight year, before his naming as the head coach in 2000. He maintained his position until the summer of 2007. This year he began his international career with Treviso and local Benetton, being his first "stop". As a matter of fact he renewed his contract a few days before.
With Efes Pilsen he won the Turkish championship four times (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005), the Turkish Cup four times (2001, 2002, 2006, 2007) and made it to the Suproleague's final four in 2001.


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