Aíto García Reneses: the legend that by no means stops
The frequent mortals retire as soon as, as a basic rule at the very least in Spain, at 65 years of age. There are those that prolong their working life a little bit longer, there are those that by no means retire, however it’s troublesome to search out somebody who retires greater than as soon as. And that has been Aito Garcia Renesesat the moment coach of Basketball Girona and one of the profitable and acknowledged coaches in Spanish basketball, who has not been in a position to withstand each time he has been known as for a brand new journey. He threatened to finish his profession when he left Gran Canaria, he took a sabbatical 12 months after his time in Germany, however there it continues, on the foot of the canyon. At 75 years previous, he turns 76 in December, his legend continues to develop. A legend that has led him to enter the Corridor of Fame.
Aíto’s historical past on the bench comes from far-off and his affect on Spanish basketball is obvious. He made his debut, with out going any additional, three legends equivalent to Pau Gasol, Rudy Fernández or Juan Carlos Navarro. It was Aíto who additionally sat on the bench in Beijing, in 2008, in what might be essentially the most memorable basketball recreation ever performed exterior america. A Spain-USA that determined a gold, and a greater than worthy silver, in an incredible closing. His are the improvements in defensive stress programs (the well-known ‘Karate press’) and he continues to wager on group basketball, with an inside recreation, removed from at the moment’s requirements.
Aíto was a pioneer in his area, a revolutionarywhose first contribution was hung in additional than 30 pavilions all through the Spanish geography: the primary digital scoreboards bore his signature. A telecommunications scholar whereas enjoying for Barcelona, he carried out a undertaking that changed these imported from america to make them less expensive. That is how they unfold all through Spain, altering nationwide basketball: they started to play with a shot clock on many extra courts.
However the biggest affect on Spanish basketball was undoubtedly from the benches. It began in 1973 when he took cost of the Círcol Católic de Badalonaoften known as Cotonificio for sponsorship causes, main the modest membership from Badalona to one in all its most profitable phases. He modified groups however not cities in 1983, to coach Joventut within the first stage earlier than signing for Barça: between 1985 and 2001 he was coach and director of the part. He returned to Badalona (2003-2008) earlier than coaching Unicaja, CB Sevilla and Gran Canaria. In all these years he has turn into the fourth nationwide coach who treasures essentially the most titles: 9 leagues, one Recopa, two Korac Cup, one ULEB Cup and one Eurocup. He additionally received 5 Copas del Rey. The one however in his profession, the Euroleague. Regardless of reaching the Closing 4 six instances by the hands of Barça, he didn’t win any.
Aíto’s profession, nevertheless, didn’t finish in Spain. After greater than 4 a long time on the Spanish bench, he joined the ranks of Alba Berlinadditionally including to his monitor file. From the primary season Alba was a fixture within the finals of the tournaments they performed and, after two seasons, the titles started to reach. After a sabbatical 12 months, he signed for Girona.
His function within the Nationwide Group was additionally necessary, reaping the aforementioned silver on the Beijing Olympics in 2008. With one of the gifted groups that Spain has ever had, they stood as much as the almighty United States group, which performed that match with all of the figures of the NBA. A silver with a touch of gold, in a closing to recollect, which additionally bore his stamp.
A profession, in spite of everything, inside the attain of only a few coaches. Evolving, altering, adapting are the qualities that permit a coach to outlive in an setting as aggressive as skilled basketball. And never simply survive, however succeed. The legend of Aíto, a coach who undoubtedly deserved to be a part of the Corridor of Fame, will not be over but. He nonetheless has at the very least one web page to jot down in Girona.