Aito Garcia Reneses is taking a sabbatical and not retiring yet from coaching
By Eurohoops team at Eurohoops.net / firstname.lastname@example.org
Former assistant Israel Gonzalez is the new coach of ALBA Berlin, as the club announced.
Per EuroLeague: “ALBA Berlin appointed Israel Gonzalez as the new head of bench, replacing Aito Garcia Reneses who took a sabbatical, the club announced on Tuesday. Gonzalez, 46, has been with ALBA for the past four years as part of coach Garcia’s staff. He was promoted to an associate head coach position in November, and now takes over the team from the German capital. Last season Gonzalez served as a head coach for five mid-season EuroLeague games and six domestic fixtures when coach Garcia was out due to COVID-19, and ALBA won seven of those clashes.
“With Israel as head coach, we are opening a new chapter at ALBA”, said Himar Ojeda, ALBA sports director. “We have prepared for this step in the long term, starting with his role as assistant coach and then switching to associate head coach last fall. Israel has a great understanding of the game, he shares our basketball idea and our values in the club. We look forward to going into the future with him. Our big thanks go to Aito, with whom we have had great pleasure over the past few years and who has helped to decisively develop the club. A door will always be open to him at ALBA.”