The Atlanta Hawks have a new assistant coach. Former Croatian Coach of the Year Neven Spahija has agreed to terms to join head coach Mike Budenholzer’s staff, according to Hawks beat writer Chris Vivlamore.
Hawks hire Neven Spahija as assistant coach. #ATLHawks
— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) August 4, 2014
Atlanta was down an assistant coach after Quin Snyder agreed to become the head coach of the Utah Jazz. Spahija replaces Snyder on the bench and figures to help Atlanta immensely with his vast experience in European basketball, coaching in Europe for nearly 30 years.
Spahija, 51, last coached KK Cibona. The new Hawks assistant coach has previously worked with the Croatian national tem, Israeli powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv, and also has experience coaching in the Spanish ACB League. He has also won multiple championships overseas, adding to his resume.
“Neven is one of the most successful coaches in Europe and we’re thrilled to add him to our staff,” said Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer in the official press release. “As an organization, we have great respect for international basketball and we will benefit tremendously from his perspective and his wealth of experience.”
The Croatian coach will provide great help for the Atlanta Hawks bench with his high experience. The bench “lineup” has yet to be sorted out and it will be interesting to see how things end up.
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