Guerino Vanoli Basket
|Guerino Vanoli Basket|
|League||Lega Basket Serie A|
|History||Gruppo Triboldi Basket
Guerino Vanoli Basket
Capacity: 3,519 seats
|Team colors||White and Sky-Blue
|Head coach||Cesare Pancotto|
Guerino Vanoli Basket, also known for sponsorship reasons as Vanoli Cremona, is a professional basketball team of the city of Cremona. The team plays in Serie A, the top Italian basketball league. From 1999 to 2011 the society had the name of Gruppo Triboldi Basket. For past club sponsorship names, see the list below.
The beginnings and the promotion to Serie A
The U.S. Gruppo Triboldi Basket was founded in 1999 in Soresina by Secondo Triboldi. The team, with Simone Lottici as coach, soon reaches the Serie B d’Eccellenza, the third Italian series, and not having a suitable arena for this series, moves to the nearby indoor stadium in Cremona Cà de Somenzi, keeping the seat in Soresina. After five seasons in the third Italian series, in the 2005-06 season arrives the promotion in Legadue (after it has been touched in 2002-03 losing the final of the play-off against Montecatini) with Andrea Trinchieri on the bench, finishing first in the group A, and after winning the play-offs by beating in order Cento, Forlì and Osimo. The first year in Legadue, Gruppo Triboldi finishes the regular season in fourth place, being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by Pavia. At the end of the season Trinchieri leaves the role of head coach and moved to Caserta, being replaced by Stefano Cioppi. After a fifth place in the following season and elimination in the semifinals of the playoffs by Caserta, the club achieved promotion to Serie A after finishing the 2008-2009 season in third place and winning the play-offs beating in order Pavia, Casale Monferrato and Sassari.
The Serie A debut
After the promotion to Serie A, some managers of Juvi Cremona (which gives the Serie A Dilettanti’s title to Leonessa Brescia) entered in the company. Moreover, the company's registered office was transferred from Soresina to Cremona. At the end of the first season in Serie A, ended with the 13th place in the standings, the General Manager Ario Costa and Vice President Matteo Bonetti left the team to join Leonessa Brescia in Serie A Dilettanti, the third Italian league, so the owner Secondo Triboldi decided to appoint as General Manager Flavio Portaluppi, who had played in the team just two seasons before, after a year spent at Olimpia Milano. The coach for the 2010-11 season is Slovenian Tomo Mahorič.
The change of ownership and the following seasons in Serie A
At the end of the 2010-11 season, after the club achieved the 12th place, the President Secondo Triboldi resigned from his office and gave his titles away for free. In September, 2011 Aldo Vanoli became President of the team and called it Guerino Vanoli Basket, in honor of his father.
For the 2011-12 season most of the previous year team is confirmed, included the coach Tomo Mahorič. In Cremona arrived among the others Jonathan Tabu, replacing E. J. Rowland, passed meanwhile to Unicaja Malaga and especially Von Wafer, who had previously played in the NBA. The beginning of the season, however, is rather disappointing with four defeats and one victory, against the newly promoted Casale Monferrato in the first five matches. Because of these results, after only a month Tomo Mahorič was fired and in its place arrived Attilio Caja, former coach of Cremona in the second half of the 2009-10 season. In the first days of December the team's top scorer, Von Wafer, returned in the NBA as a result of the end of the lockout. During the following months the team changed several players but the results, despite some good performances, remained erratic especially away and the team occupied the last positions of the standings. After the defeat against Casale Monferrato, which seemed to compromise the stay in Serie A, the trend of the season suddenly changes. Since the beginning of February the team, leaded by the latest arrived Jason Rich, won nine of the last thirteen league games, beating even teams ranked high such as Virtus Bologna and Olimpia Milano. Thanks to these results, the team managed to avoid relegation with a few match in advance and finished the season in 10th place, the best result in the history of the club.
Although the disappearance of the company due to lack of funds sounded almost certain, at the end of the season the club stayed alive thanks to new sponsors and regularly began the 2012-13 season. Voach Attilio Caja was confirmed, while the General Manager Portaluppi went back to Olimpia Milano. Due to the low budget, the club acquires player mostly from Legadue, the second Italian League. In September, the italian point guard Luca Vitali, a member of the Italian National Team, joined the team. The season started badly, with the team occupying the last positions in the standings. Caja was fired on November 21, 2012. Luigi Gresta, the assistant coach, took his place. Luca Vitali soon became the leader of the team and lead the team right up to the play-off zone, thanks to some victories against top teams, such as Sassari, Milano and the Italian champions in charge of Siena. Apart from Vitali, also other players such as Jarrius Jackson, Hrvoje Perić and Andrija Stipanović had a very positive impact for the team. Cremona ended the season in 11th place.
In the summer the club had to face an economic crisis which seemed to prevent the team to play in the top Italian League the following year. At the end, a group of local entrepreneurs entered in the society and helped economically the President Aldo Vanoli. For the fifth consecutive year the club joined Serie A. The coaching staff, lead by Luigi Gresta, was confirmed but almost all the players of the past year went away. Particularly, the two top players, Vitali and Peric, joined the same team, the italian Reyer Venezia. The team acquired some prestigious players such as Jason Rich, the hero of the 2011-12 season and Ben Woodside, who had been the previous year the best assistman throughout Europe. Despite this signatures, the club get lower results than expected so, after two wins in nine games, coach Gresta was fired. The hiring of the experienced coach Cesare Pancotto changed the season. After four initial loss, the team won the following four matches and managed to get a quiet second half of the season. Cremona ended in the 14th place.
|History of Guerino Vanoli Basket|
Guerino Vanoli Basket roster
|C||Luca Campani||Darrius Garrett|
|SF||James Bell||Fabio Mian|
|SG||Kenny Hayes||Nicola Mei|
|PG||Luca Vitali||JazzMarr Ferguson|
- Flavio Portaluppi 3 seasons: '05-'08
- John Ebeling 2 matches: 2005
- Keith Langford 1 season: '06-'07
- Quadre Lollis 3 seasons: '06-'09
- Silvio Gigena 2 seasons: '07-'09
- Dante Calabria 1 season: '08-'09
- Troy Bell 2 seasons: '08-'10
- Marco Cusin 2 seasons: '08-'10
- E. J. Rowland 2 seasons: '09-'11
- Blagota Sekulić 1 season: '10-'11
- Von Wafer 9 matches: 2011
- Michalis Kakiouzis 4 matches: 2011
- Marko Milic 3 seasons: '10-'12
- Luca Vitali 1 season: '12-'13
- Andrea Trinchieri 3 seasons: '04-'07
- Attilio Caja 3 seasons: '09-'10 '11-'13
- Cesare Pancotto '13-present
Through the years, due to sponsorship deals, it has been also known as:
- Tamoil Soresina (1999–03)
- Vanoli Soresina (2003–09)
- Vanoli Cremona (2009–10)
- Vanoli-Braga Cremona (2010–12)
- Vanoli Cremona (2012–present)
- Guerino Vanoli Basket in the official LegaBasket site. (Italian)
- Lega A page on the history of Gruppo Triboldi Basket. (Italian)
- Official Site (Italian)