Ergin Ataman

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Ergin Ataman
Ergin Ataman Anadolu Efes 20180119.jpg
Ataman in January 2018
Anadolu Efes
Position Head coach
League Turkish Basketball Super League
Personal information
Born (1966-01-07) January 7, 1966 (age 52)
Istanbul, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Career information
Playing career 1984–1996
Coaching career 1996–present
Career history
As coach:
1996–1998 Türk Telekom
1997 Turkey (assistant)
1999 Pınar Karşıyaka
1999–2001 Efes Pilsen
2001–2003 Montepaschi Siena
2003–2006 Ülkerspor
2006–2007 Climamio Bologna
2007–2008 Beşiktaş
2008–2010 Efes Pilsen
2011–2012 Beşiktaş
2012–2017 Galatasaray
2014–2016 Turkey
2017–present Anadolu Efes
Career highlights and awards

As head coach

Halil Ergin Ataman (born January 7, 1966) is a Turkish professional basketball coach. He is currently the head coach of Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball Super League and the EuroLeague. During his playing career which begun in 1982, he played at Eczacıbaşı and Yeşilyurt basketball teams.

Coaching career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Ataman began his managerial career in Eczacıbaşı Youth Team. Secondly, he was dutied in Efes Pilsen Youth Team. Then, he coached the BSL teams Türk Telekom, Pınar Karşıyaka and Efes Pilsen respectively. He was the assistant coach of Turkish national team alongside Ercüment Sunter in EuroBasket 1997 in Spain. Turkey had the 8th place in that tournament. He had spent some time at Stanford University in the United States for making observations about basketball whilst 1998-99 season.

After his return to Europe, he coached Italian side Montepaschi Siena and achieved the very last Saporta Cup in 2002. Subsequently, he joined Ülkerspor (now Fenerbahçe Ülker); however, he had to quit his job due to his private life to be highlighted by the press.[1] On his declaration, he stated that resigned for the favours of the club.[2] At the same season, he went again to Italy and work there. He signed for Climamio Bologna[3][4] and coached this time until he dealt with Beşiktaş in the opening phase of 2007–08 season.[5][6]

Beşiktaş Cola Turka[edit]

Ataman had a successful season with Beşiktaş which the team achieved EuroCup Quarter Finals held in Turin, Italy; after a stunning undefeated 10 in-a-row win performance in group B.[7] This was the very first time that two Turkish teams played against each other. Beşiktaş lost against Galatasaray Cafe Crown and eliminated in quarters.[8] In the league, team finalized the regular season on top place and been a part of Play-offs.[9] After the elimination of Beşiktaş Cola Turka in the quarters, the declaration was released that Ergin Ataman no more coaching Beşiktaş Cola Turka.[10]

Efes Pilsen[edit]

A week later, he signed a two-years contract with Efes Pilsen, where he had worked from 1999 to 2001.[11] Ataman have reached the major achievements in 2008–09 season with winning Turkish League, Turkish Cup, and Turkish President's Cup championships. On June 4, 2010, he left the Efes Pilsen.[12]

Return to Beşiktaş[edit]

He signed a two-years contract with Beşiktaş in the January 2011.[13] In the 2010–11 season, he didn't win the cups with Beşiktaş. And next season, he won the Turkish Cup in February 2012.[14] Subsequently, he won the EuroChallenge title against Elan Chalon in the final on April 29, 2012.[15] And finally, he won the Turkish League championship victory against Anadolu Efes in the playoff finals on June 11, 2012.[16]

Galatasaray Odeabank[edit]

He signed a multi-year contract with Galatasaray Odeabank on June 22, 2012.[17] He won the Turkish League championship victory against Banvitspor in the playoff finals on June 15, 2013.

In the beginning of 2014–15 season, Galatasaray struggled financially and eventually in the results. Several players boycotted training and also some were injured, which led to frustration and conflicts in the team.[18] On October 19, 2014, Ataman was involved in the incident with then-Galatasaray player Nolan Smith, who threw the towel while being subbed out from the game against Banvit.[19] The player parted ways with the team the following week.[20] On November 21, 2014, in the press-conference after the EuroLeague game against the Serbian team Crvena zvezda in Istanbul, Ataman got negative publicity in Serbia, for calling 300–400 Zvezda fans Delije the "terrorists". He also stated that they were "attacking our police and our fans with torches and stones" and that he was "worried as a citizen for his and others safety".[21] All these comments came in line with the killing of Crvena zvezda fan by Galatasaray supporters in fan violence before the game.[22] Even Serbian PM Aleksandar Vučić reacted to that comment, saying that "Ataman is no longer welcome in Serbia".[23] Ataman later apologized for his comments, saying that "all the remarks [on Zvezda fans] were made before learning it [that this tragedy occurred before the game]".[24]

On June 6, 2015, he signed a two-year extension with the club, reportedly worth half million euros per season.[25]

On April 27 Ataman's team Galatasaray Odebank defeated Strasbourg in Abdi İpekçi Arena and won the EuroCup title. With this win he reached his 3rd European-wide championship as a head coach.

Coaching record[edit]

G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the team played during the season. He also coached in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.


Team Year G W L W–L% Result
Montepaschi 2002–03 22 11 11 .500 Won in 3rd place game
Ülker 2003–04 13 6 7 .462 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
Ülker 2004–05 22 10 12 .455 Eliminated in quarterfinals
Ülker 2005–06 19 6 13 .316 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
Bologna 2006–07 14 5 9 .357 Eliminated in regular season
Efes Pilsen 2008–09 10 4 6 .400 Eliminated in regular season
Efes Pilsen 2009–10 16 6 10 .375 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
Galatasaray 2013–14 27 13 14 .481 Eliminated in quarterfinals
Galatasaray 2014–15 24 6 18 .250 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
Galatasaray 2016–17 30 11 19 .367 Eliminated in regular season
Anadolu Efes 2017–18 18 4 14 .222 Eliminated in regular season
Career 215 82 133 .381


Personal life[edit]

Ataman studied at Italian High School in Istanbul. Then he was accepted by İstanbul University, where he studied at Business Administration Department. He is married to Berna Ataman and has a son named Sarp.


  1. ^ "Ergin Ataman istifa etti" (in Turkish). 2006-03-27. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  2. ^ "Ergin Ataman istifa etti". 2006-03-28. Retrieved 2008-05-09.[dead link](in Turkish)
  3. ^ "Ergin Ataman Bologna'da" (in Turkish). 2006-11-17. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  4. ^ "Şampiyonluk Yaşamaya Geldim". 02-12-2006. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2008-05-09. Check date values in: |date= (help) (in Turkish)
  5. ^ "Ergin Ataman Beşiktaş'ta". 11-06-2007. Retrieved 2008-05-09. Check date values in: |date= (help)[dead link](in Turkish)
  6. ^ "Beşiktaş Cola Turka Ergin Ataman'la Anlaştı" (in Turkish). 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  7. ^ "Beşiktaş Cola Turka ULEB Cup`da Yenilgisiz Tek Takım (77-76)" (in Turkish). 2008-01-09. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  8. ^ "Beşiktaş Cola Turka: 60 Galatasaray Cafe Crown: 61" (in Turkish). 2008-04-10. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  9. ^ "Lider işi Uzattı" (in Turkish). 2008-04-28. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  10. ^ "Beşiktaş'ta Ataman dönemi bitti" (in Turkish). 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2008-05-28.
  11. ^ "Ergin Ataman resmen Efes'te" (in Turkish). 2008-05-29. Retrieved 2008-05-30.
  12. ^ Ergin Ataman left the Efes Pilsen (in Turkish)
  13. ^ Ergin Ataman signed with Beşiktaş (in Turkish)
  14. ^ Beşiktaş Milangaz won the Turkish Cup (in Turkish)
  15. ^ Beşiktaş Milangaz win Eurochallenge 2012
  16. ^ Beşiktaş Milangaz won the Turkish League (in Turkish)
  17. ^ Galatasaray announced Ergin Ataman
  18. ^ "Rasulo u Galati – sukob na treningu". (in Serbian). Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  19. ^ Kalaf, Samer. "Nolan Smith Throws Towel While Walking To Bench, Infuriates Coach". Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  20. ^ "Nolan Smith leaves Galatasaray". Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  21. ^ "Ataman: Navijači Zvezde – teroristi". (in Serbian). Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  22. ^ "Basketball-Serbian fan killed in Istanbul Euroleague violence". Reuters. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  23. ^ "Ataman nije dobrodošao u Srbiju". (in Serbian). Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  24. ^ "Ataman: Nisam znao za ubistvo". (in Serbian). Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  25. ^ "Ergin Ataman signs a two-year, €1M contract with Galatasaray". 6 June 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015.

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