Umana Reyer is pleased to announce the signing of a multi-year agreement with Emanuele “Lele” Molin who will be assistant to coach Neven Spahija.
Molin has just returned from six seasons with Aquila Basket Trento, the last two of which as head coach.
He began his coaching career in the youth academy of Basket Mestre, from 1979 to 1985, and then moved on to Benetton Basket where he coached under 17 and under 19 from 1985 to 1989. From 1989 to 1993 he held the position of assistant coach of the first team of the Benetton Treviso with which he won a Scudetto (1992), an Italian Cup (1993) and played in a Euroleague Final Four (1993).
From 1993 to 1995 he returned to coaching the youth teams, again in Treviso, with which he won the under 18 championship in 1994.
In 1995 he returned to the role of assistant coach at Benetton where he worked with Mike D’Antoni until 1997, winning the Scudetto in 1997, and with Željko Obradović from 1997 to 1999, winning a Super Cup and playing in another Euroleague Final Four . In 2000 he won the Italian Cup again with Treviso, with Piero Bucchi as head coach.
In the two-year period 2000-2002 he worked as assistant coach of the Kinder Virtus Bologna with coach Ettore Messina winning a Scudetto in 2001, two Italian Cups, 2001 and 2002, a Euroleague in 2001 and competing in another Final Four of the top European competition in 2002.
In the three-year period 2002-2005 he returned to Benetton Trevisoagain with coach Messina, and won a Super Cup (2002), three Italian Cups (2003-2004-2005), a Scudetto (2003) playing another Euroleague Final Four (2003).
From 2005 to 2009 he worked at CSKA Mosca, again with Messina, and won four championships, two national cups, two Euroleagues (2006 and 2008) always playing in the Final Four of the top European competition. From 2009 to 2011 he worked at Real Madrid as assistant coach and closing the 2010/11 season as head coach, still playing in the Euroleague Final Four.
In the two-year period 2011/13 he was assistant coach of Andrea Trinchieri a Cantu winning the Super cup in 2012. From 2013 to 2015 he was the head coach of Caserta while from 2015 to 2017 he worked at Kazan with assistant coach of Evgeniy Pashutin. From 2017 to 2021 he was assistant coach at Trento first by Maurizio Buscaglia and then by Nicola Brienza. From 5 February 2021 he became the head coach of the Trentino club, a role he held until the season that just ended.
From 2017 to 2022 he was assistant coach of Italian National with coach Meo Sacchetti, with whom he competes in the World Cup in 2019 and the Olympics in 2021.
“I am as excited as a child who never thought this day could ever come – the words of coach Lele Molin – Having the opportunity to coach Reyer means for me to combine my passion and my family and it is a rare thing. So I want to thank Dr. Brugnaro, the President Casarin and coach Spahija for this great occasion. Going home for me means arriving at a club that has great ambitions and professionalism, working at Reyer will give me the chance to improve even more.
What’s most striking about Reyer, from the outside, is the company’s ability to retain the people who work for it. I have known President Casarin for many years and it is something he has always emphasized to me and it is certainly a remarkable quality. We have known each other for many years with coach Spahija, but always as opponents and this is also a sign of great esteem towards me. I can’t wait to get to know all the members of the organization well, I’ve already made myself available to start working for next season”.
✍️ Welcome coach Lele Molin!
Venetian with 10 participations in the Euroleague Final Four in his career, he will be assistant coach of Neven Spahija, multi-year agreement 🔥
The statement 👉 https://t.co/mc8RxABjtx#signing pic.twitter.com/VPi3szyv4q
— Reyer Venice (@REYER1872) June 8, 2023