Luca Banchi

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Luca Banchi
Luca Banchi.jpg
Banchi in 2013.
Latvia men's national basketball team
PositionHead coach
Personal information
Born (1965-08-01) August 1, 1965 (age 56)
Grosseto, Italy
Coaching career1985–present
Career history
As coach:
1985–1986F. A. Vigna di Valle (assistant)
1986–1987Affirco Firenze (assistant)
1987–1997Livorno (youth teams)
1999–2001Pall Trieste
2005–2006Aurora Basket Jesi
2006–2012Montepaschi Siena (assistant)
2012–2013Montepaschi Siena
2013–2015Emporio Armani Milano
2017–2018Auxulium Torino
2018Brose Bamberg
2018–2019AEK Athens
2019Lokomotiv Kuban
2020–2021Long Island Nets (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As head coach:
Men's Basketball
Representing  Italy
Mediterranean Games
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Pescara

Luca Banchi (born August 1, 1965) is an Italian professional basketball coach. He is currently the head coach of the Latvia men's national basketball team.

Club coaching career[edit]


Banchi began working as a basketball coach in the youth teams of Basketball Grosseto, after which he was an assistant coach for the Armed Forces Vigna di Valle, and Affrico Firenze. Between 1987 and 1999, he coached the junior teams of Livorno, winning three consecutive youth national titles in the period, from 1995 to 1997.

He was then promoted to head coach of Basket Livorno, in the Italian second-tier level Serie A2. In 1999, he made his debut on the bench of Pall Trieste, where he coached for two years, before returning to Livorno, that had meanwhile been promoted to the Italian top-tier level LBA. He followed that up with two stops in the Italian 2nd Division, in Trapani and Aurora Basket Jesi.

In 2006, he became the assistant coach of Montepaschi Siena, under head coach Simone Pianigiani. As an assistant with Montepaschi, he won six 6 Italian League championships in a row (2007–2012), five Italian Super Cups (2007–2011), and four Italian Cups (2009–2012). In June 2012, he took over the role of head coach of Montepaschi Siena, following the departure of Simone Pianigiani to Fenerbahçe. On February 10, 2013, he won the Italian Cup, after defeating Pallacanestro Varese, by a score of 77–74 in the final game.[1] On June 19, 2013, he also won his first Italian League championship, as a head coach.[2]

On July 1, 2013, he signed a two-year deal to become the head coach of the Italian European-wide top-tier level EuroLeague club, Emporio Armani Milano.[3] In his first season with the team, he won the Italian League championship, repeating the previous success of Carlo Recalcati, as the only head coaches who won consecutive Italian League titles, with different teams.[4]

In the 2017–18 season, he was the head coach of the European-wide second-tier level EuroCup team, Auxulium Torino.[5]


In 2018, Banchi became the head coach of the German club Brose Bamberg, of the German top-tier level Basketball Bundesliga (BBL), and the EuroLeague.[6]


On 1 July 2018, Banchi was appointed as the head coach of AEK Athens of the Greek Basket League (GBL) and FIBA Champions League (BCL).[7] On June 17, 2019 his contracted at AEK Athens was terminated.[8]


On July 5, 2019, he has signed with Lokomotiv Kuban of the VTB United League.[9] On November 15, 2019, his contract with Kuban has been terminated.[10]

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 2012–13 24 12 12 .500 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
Milano 2013–14 28 16 12 .571 Eliminated in quarterfinals
Milano 2014–15 24 9 15 .375 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
Bamberg 2017–18 6 2 4 .333 Eliminated in regular season
Career 82 39 43 .476


  1. ^ "Coppa Italia final, February 10, 2013". Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Italian League finals, Game 5: June 19, 2013". Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  3. ^ D'Avanzo, Antonio. "Basket, Serie A; Luca Banchi nuovo allenatore dell'Olimpia Milano". Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Italian League, Finals Playoffs, Game 7: June 27, 2014". Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Luca Banchi and Fiat Torino officially part ways". Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  6. ^ Brose Bamberg names Banchi new head coach.
  7. ^ "AEK Athens ink coach Luca Banchi". Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Arrivederci amico". Online. Retrieved 17 June 2019. Check |archive-url= value (help)
  9. ^ "Luca Banchi is Lokomotiv Kuban new head coach". Sportando. July 5, 2019. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  10. ^ "Lokomotiv Kuban, Luca Banchi part ways". Sportando. November 15, 2019. Retrieved November 19, 2019.

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