|Born||1 January 1967
Caserta, Campania, Italy
|Listed height||190 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
|Listed weight||85 kg (187 lb)|
|NBA draft||1989 / Undrafted|
|1982–1993||Juvecaserta Basket (Italy)|
|1993–1994||Stefanel Trieste (Italy)|
|1994–1998||Stefanel Milano (Italy)|
|2001–2002||Snaidero Udine (Italy)|
|2002||Pallacanestro Reggiana (Italy)|
|2002||Montepaschi Siena (Italy)|
|2004–2005||Artus Maddaloni (Italy)|
|2006–2007||Andrea Costa Imola|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career Lega Basket Serie A statistics|
Ferdinando "Nando" Gentile, born 1 January 1967, is an Italian former professional basketball player. Playing as a point guard, Gentile had a successful club career, amassing a slew of trophies in Italy and Greece, including the Euroleague.
The Caserta native started his career at only 15 with local side Juvecaserta Basket under coach Bogdan Tanjević in 1982. He played a few games as the team earned promotion from the Serie A2 to the first division Serie A at the end of the season.
Gentile soon became "big-time player" for Caserta, helping them qualify for the 1983–84 FIBA Korać Cup, their first participation in European competition. Caserta and Gentile reached the final of the 1985–86 FIBA Korać Cup but lost to Virtus Roma.
When owner Bepi Stefanel left Trieste to go to Olimpia Milano in 1994, he also moved the whole squad to Milan, including Gentile and Tanjević. He captained the team as they completed the double in 1995-96, winning the Serie A and the Cup, nearly achieving a triple but losing in the Korać Cup final. He reached two other European finals with Milan, the 1995 Korać Cup and 1998 EuroCup, but lost both whilst in 1997 he suffered a knee injury as Milan stalled in the Euroleague quarterfinals.
In 1998, with Milan on the verge of getting dismantled, Gentile signed for Panathinaikos in Greece. With the Athens side he would win three consecutive Greek Basket League championships in as many years. Furthermore he helped the Greeks win the 1999–2000 FIBA Euroleague, beating Maccabi Tel Aviv in the final. The next season he reached the final of the SuproLeague (the renamed official successor to the Euroleague) but this time Panathinaikos lost to Maccabi.
Gentile returned to Italy in 2001, briefly turning up for Snaidero Udine, before finishing the season with second division side Pallacanestro Reggiana. Following that he had a parenthesis with Montepaschi Siena in the Serie A, playing 5 games.
He returned to JuveCaserta, by now in the third division Serie B, to play the 2003-04 season. After turning up for amateur side Artus Maddaloni the next year, he retired in 2005.
He joined Virtus Roma as an assistant coach in 2008, when head coach Jasmin Repeša resigned after a few months, he was appointed head coach in January 2008. Though he was confirmed for 2009-10, he resigned in December 2009.
A stint with Veroli in 2011-12 remains, to date, his last coaching experience.
With Italy he won was a silver medalist at the EuroBasket 1991.
- Euroleague: winner (2000)
- Greek Basket League: champion (1999, 2000, 2001)
- Serie A: champion (1991, 1996)
- Italian Cup: winner (1988, 1996)
- "The club scene: Pepsi Caserta". Eurocup Basketball. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
- "Ferdinando Gentile" (PDF). Lega Basket Serie A (in Italian). Retrieved 18 June 2015.
- "Nando Gentile: The Olimpia's Hall of Famer". Olimpia Milano. 26 February 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
- "Gentile to return as Roma head coach". Euroleague. 20 June 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
- "Nando Gentile becomes Roma head coach". Euroleague. 8 January 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
- "Lottomatica brings in Matteo Boniciolli". Euroleague. 14 December 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
- "Italy: 5 - Ferdinando Gentile". FIBA. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
- "Ferdinando Gentile". Federazione Italiana Pallacanestro (in Italian). Retrieved 18 June 2015.