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|Born||July 6, 1933|
Alcázar de San Juan, Ciudad Real, Spain
|Died||February 21, 2000 (aged 66)|
|Listed height||6 ft 1.25 in (1.86 m)|
|College||University of Bilbao|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|1963–1965||Club Águilas Bilbao|
|Career highlights and awards|
As head coach:
Antonio Díaz-Miguel Sanz (July 6, 1933 in Alcázar de San Juan, Ciudad Real, Spain – February 21, 2000 in Madrid, Spain) was a Spanish professional basketball player and coach. He studied in Madrid, and graduated from the University of Bilbao.
A pioneer in the worldwide promotion of basketball, he won several coaching awards, and was a frequent basketball lecturer around the world. He was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame, as a coach, on September 29, 1997. In 2007, he was enshrined into the FIBA Hall of Fame.
Basketball playing career
Although initially a football player in his youth, Díaz-Miguel's physical characteristics, including a 1.86 m (6'1 1 1⁄4") barefoot height, and also his determination, contributed to his start in basketball, as a player, at the Instituto Ramiro de Maeztu Secondary School of Madrid, where the Estudiantes ("students") club was founded in 1950, with pupils and teachers of the school. He was a player of Estudiantes Club of Madrid in 1950–52, and 1953–1958, and later also played with Real Madrid (1958–1961), and Águilas Bilbao (1961–1963). He won the top-tier level Spanish Clubs League championship twice, in 1960 and 1961, with Real Madrid.
Spanish national team
Basketball coaching career
Immediately after his retirement from his basketball playing career, Díaz-Miguel started coaching Águilas Bilbao. Following that, he later provisionally, and nearly by chance, became the head coach of the senior Spanish National Team, where he managed to develop longstanding success for the team, and the sport of basketball in Spain. He was the head coach of the senior Spanish national basketball team, for as long as 27 years (1965–1992).
In 431 games coached, Díaz-Miguel guided the Spanish National Team to six Summer Olympic Games tournaments, including a silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, in Los Angeles. That was the top classification for the Spanish National Team until the 2008 Summer Olympics, when they finished second again. Díaz-Miguel's Spanish National teams also participated in 13 EuroBaskets and four FIBA World Cups, and his team's best finishes were two silver medals (EuroBasket 1973, EuroBasket 1983), and one bronze medal (EuroBasket 1991) in the EuroBasket. He also won a silver medal at the 1987 Mediterranean Games.
- Basketball Hall of Fame Profile
- FIBA Hall of Fame Coach Profile
- Scheda su seleccionbaloncesto.es (in Spanish)
- Italian League Coach Profile (in Italian)
- Antonio Diaz-Miguel, a basketball engineer
- Antonio Díaz Miguel: El mito del baloncesto español, un adelantado a su época (in Spanish)
- ANTONIO DIAZ-MIGUEL (in Spanish)