Viola Reggio Calabria

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Viola Reggio Calabria
Nickname i Nero-Arancio
(the black&orange team)
Leagues Serie B Dilettanti
Founded 1966
History Cestistica Piero Viola
(1966-1997)
Basket Viola Reggio Calabria
(1998)
Nuovo Basket Viola Reggio '98
(1998-2007)
Team Basket Viola
(2009-present)
Arena PalaPentimele
(~ 8,500 seats)
Location Reggio Calabria (RC), Italy
Team colors Black and Orange
         
Head coach Italy Massimo Bianchi
Championships 3 Serie A2 League
1984/85, 1988/89, 1991/92
Website www.teambasketviola.it
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away

Viola Reggio Calabria is the name traditionally given to the main men's professional basketball team from the city Reggio Calabria, Italy. The team colors are black and orange.

The name comes from Cestistica Piero Viola, a basketball team founded in 1966 by the judge Giuseppe Viola in honor of his dead brother Piero, and which folded at the end of 1997. A new team was founded in 1998 and soon renamed to Basket Viola Reggio Calabria, but this new team again went bankrupt at the end of 2007.

A new team, Team Basket Viola, was founded in 2009, starting from Serie B Dilettanti, the fourth-tier professional basketball league in Italy.

Season 2009/2010[edit]

Number Name Nationality Position Year Height (cm)
Massimo Di Lembo Italy Playmaker 1977 180
Alessandro Michelon Italy PM/Guard 1977 188
Gabriele Niccolai Italy Guard/SF 1972 192
Giuseppe D’Iapico Italy Guard 1973 190
Claudio Negri Italy Guard/SF 1985 195
Luca Dalla Vecchia Italy PF 1978 204
Marcelo Dip ArgentinaItaly Center 1984 205
Vladimir Yasakov RussiaItaly PF/Center 1990 200
Coach Massimo Bianchi Italy - 1955 -
Ass. Gustavo Tolotti Italy - 1967 -

History[edit]

Cronistoria della Viola Basket Reggio Calabria
  • 1966-1967: 9th place in Serie C
  • 1967-1968: 10th place in Serie C
  • 1968-1969: Serie C
  • 1969-1970: 9th place in Serie C
  • 1970-1971: Serie C
  • 1971-1972: Serie C
  • 1972-1973: Serie C
  • 1973-1974: Serie C
  • 1974-1975: Serie B
  • 1975-1976: Serie B
  • 1976-1977: Serie B
  • 1977-1978: Serie B
  • 1978-1979: Serie B
  • 1979-1980: Serie B
  • 1980-1981: Serie B
  • 1981-1982: Serie B
  • 1982-1983: Serie B, promoted in Serie A2
  • 1983-1984: 9th place in Serie A2
  • 1984-1985: 1st place in Serie A2, promoted in Serie A1
  • 1985-1986: 13th place in Serie A1, relegated in Serie A2
  • 1986-1987: 9th place in Serie A2
  • 1987-1988: 6th place in Serie A2
  • 1988-1989: 1st place in Serie A2, promoted in Serie A1
  • 1989-1990: 7th place in Serie A1, lost at 1/4 final playoffs vs. Pallacanestro Varese

Coaches[edit]

All the coaches in the Viola Reggio Calabria history
  • 1966-1967: Calafiore
  • 1967-1969: Dispenzieri
  • 1969-1972: Furfari
  • 1972-1976: Carmelo Fotia
  • 1976-1977: Massimo Moizo
  • 1977-1978: Vittorio Tracuzzi
  • 1978-1980: Filippo Faina
  • 1980-1981: Enzo Porchi
  • 1981-1982: Vecchi
  • 1982-1986: Gianfranco Benvenuti
  • 1986-1987: Santi Puglisi
  • 1987-1990: Tonino Zorzi
  • 1990-1995: Carlo Recalcati
  • 1995-1996: Tonino Zorzi
  • 1996-2001: Gaetano Gebbia (until 01/01/2001),
  • jan.2001: Massimo Bianchi (from 01/01/01 to 05/01/01)
  • jan.2001-2002: Tonino Zorzi
  • 2002-2004: Lino Lardo
  • 2004-2005: Alessandro Giuliani (until 29/03/2005), Tonino Zorzi
  • 2005-2006: Walter De Raffaele (until 21/12/2005), Pasquale Iracà (from 21/12/2005 to 03/01/2006 and from 13/03/2006), Tonino Zorzi (from 03/01/2006 to 13/03/2006)
  • 2006-2007: Paolo Moretti
  • 2009- Massimo Bianchi

Sponsorships[edit]

  • 1982-1984 Arrow green2 en.svg Banca Popolare
  • 1985/1986 Arrow green2 en.svg Opel
  • 1986-1989 Arrow green2 en.svg Standa
  • 1990-1993 Arrow green2 en.svg Panasonic
  • 1993-1995 Arrow green2 en.svg Pfizer
  • 2003/2004 Arrow green2 en.svg Tris
  • 2004/2005 Arrow green2 en.svg Eurofiditalia
  • 2009/2010 Arrow green2 en.svg Liomatic

Rankings[edit]

Leader in caps Caps
Gustavo Tolotti 379
More seasons in Viola RC Seasons
Gustavo Tolotti, Alessandro Santoro 12
Top scorer in a single game Points
Joe Bryant 09/11/1986 (Serie A2, Facar PE - Standa RC 102-110) 69
Top scorer ever Points
Dan Caldwell 3695
Top rebounder ever Rebounds
Kim Hughes 1897
Top scorer of Serie A Season
Dan Caldwell 1989/90 (918 points)
Brian Oliver 1996/97 (735 points)

Notable players[edit]