Cesare Pancotto

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Cesare Pancotto
Pallacanestro Cantù
PositionHead coach
Personal information
Born (1955-01-08) January 8, 1955 (age 64)
Porto San Giorgio, Italy
Coaching career1982–present
Career history
As coach:
1982–1986U.S. Sangiorgese
1986–1987Pallacanestro Reggiana
1987–1989Fulgor Libertas Forlì
1989–1990Dinamo Sassari
1990–1993Olimpia Pistoia
1993–1997Mens Sana Siena
1997–1999Pallacanestro Trieste
1999–2000Virtus Roma
2001–2004Pallacanestro Trieste
2004–2005Teramo Basket
2005–2008Pallalcesto Udine
2008–2009Fortitudo Bologna
2009–2010Scandone Avellino
2010–2012Basket Barcellona
2012–2013Scandone Avellino
2013–2016Vanoli Cremona
2019-presentPallacanestro Cantù
Career highlights and awards
As coach:

Cesare Pancotto (born January 8, 1955) is an Italian professional basketball coach who is the head coach of Pallacanestro Cantù of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A (LBA).

Coaching career[edit]

After a good career spent playing point guard in his native Porto San Giorgio, Pancotto began coaching in 1982 at the age of 27, taking the bench of his hometown team, U.S. Sangiorgese, at only three matches from the end of the season, gaining promotion to Serie B. In 1984 Sangiorgese, always guided by Pancotto, was promoted to A2, the Italian Second Division. The coach remained in Porto San Giorgio until 1986, coaching two seasons in A2 avoiding in both cases the relegation.

In the 1986-1987 season he arrived in Reggio Emilia. Then, he coached for two years Forlì, for a year Dinamo Sassari and for three years Olimpia Pistoia: in Tuscany he obtained the first of three promotion to A1, the top Italian League. He also led Pistoia to the A1 playoffs.

In the 1993-1994 season he arrived in Siena: he will coach the local Mens Sana for the following four years. In his first season, he gained promotion to A1, while in the later years he led the team to the A1 playoffs twice and achieved qualification for the Korac Cup.

In 1997 he coached the Pallacanestro Triestina, an historical club based in Trieste. In this season, he obtained his third promotion to the top Italian League. After two years spent there, he passed to Virtus Roma. In February 2001 he went back to Trieste and remained there until 2004. In the 2001-02 season got 7th place, in the following season the 10th place while in the 2003-04 season he could not avoid the relegation of the team with a corporate failure of the Pallacanestro Triestina.

In the 2004-2005 season he got a 9th place in Serie A with Teramo Basket. Then, he spent three years coaching Snaidero Udine: the first year he got an excellent 5th place while in the others he got two salvation, adding a good participation in the ULEB Cup, the second European club competition.

In the 2008-09 season, he took the place of Dragan Šakota after 10 matches on the bench of the glorious team Fortitudo Bologna but, despite a promising final rush, he was unable to avoid relegation. The season finished with a lot of controversies and bitterness because of a malfunctioning of the "Stop-Lamp" and "Precision Time" during the last match, which condemned the team to relegation.[1][2]

n summer 2009 he was hired by Air Avellino,[3] with the possibility of forming the roster following his directions with an eye on the budget, reduced from the disappointing previous season. On May 29, 2010 by mutual agreement with the company terminates the contract with Air Avellino,[4] ending the adventure in Irpinia having obtained salvation and the Italian Cup semi-final.

Less than a month later, he signed with Basket Barcellona, a Sicilian team just promoted in Legadue.[5] After a season and a half, he resigned from Barcellona in February 2012.[6] On January 17, 2013 replaced the outgoing Gianluca Tucci at the helm of Scandone Avellino [7] and remained there until the end of the season. On December 10 of the same year, he becomes the new coach of Vanoli Cremona.[8]


  1. ^ "Fortitudo Bologna recurs to the Federal Court". Lega Basket Serie A. 12 May 2009.
  2. ^ "The Federal Court dismissed the appeal of Fortitudo Bologna". Lega Basket Serie A. 14 May 2009.
  3. ^ "Avellino, Pancotto is the new coach". Sportando. 12 June 2009.
  4. ^ "Air Avellino and Pancotto part ways". Sportando. 29 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Cesare Pancotto hired by Barcellona". Sportando. 23 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Barcellona restarts from Stefano Vanoncini". realbasketsicilia.it. 29 February 2012. Archived from the original on 13 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Scandone Avellino, Cesare Pancotto is the new head coach". Sportando. 17 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Vanoli Cremona names Cesare Pancotto head coach". Sportando. 10 December 2013.

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