Antonio Díaz-Miguel

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Antonio Díaz-Miguel
Personal information
Born(1933-07-06)July 6, 1933
Alcázar de San Juan, Ciudad Real, Spain
DiedFebruary 21, 2000(2000-02-21) (aged 66)
Madrid, Spain
NationalitySpanish
Listed height6 ft 1.25 in (1.86 m)
Career information
CollegeUniversity of Bilbao
Playing career1950–1963
PositionPower forward / Center
Coaching career1963–1997
Career history
As player:
1950–1952Estudiantes Madrid
1952–1953Transportes Cave
1953–1958Estudiantes Madrid
1958–1961Real Madrid
1961–1966Águilas Bilbao
As coach:
1963–1965Club Águilas Bilbao
1965–1992Spain
1993Pallacanestro Cantú
1996–1997Pool Getafe
Career highlights and awards
As player:

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[edit]

Club career[edit]

Although initially a football player in his youth, Díaz-Miguel's physical characteristics, including a 1.86 m (6'1 1 ​14")[1] 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[edit]

Díaz-Miguel had 27 caps as a player of the senior Spanish national basketball team. He won a gold medal at the 1955 Mediterranean Games. He also won a silver medal at the 1959 Mediterranean Games.

Basketball coaching career[edit]

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).[2]

In 431 games coached,[3] 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.

He was named "Spanish Coach of the Year", in 1981 and 1983. Díaz-Miguel was also selected as a coach of the FIBA European Selection teams five times.

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