Valencia Basket boss quits after being named Coach of the Year

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VALENCIA BASKET coach Pedro Martinez has left at the end of one of the most successful season’s in the club’s history.

Last weekend Valencia cebrated after winning their first ever Endesa end of season league title.

They outgunned Real Madrid in game 4 to win the championship series 3-1 after trailing by one point in the first quarter.

But they stormed back to go into half time with a 17 point lead, which they managed to hold onto in the second half, eventually winning by 87-76.

The experienced coach, Martinez, 56, left a few days afterwards, after also being named as Eurobasket.com All-europcup Coach of the year in 2017.

A statement from the club said, ”Both parties have decided today, that the time has come to terminate this cycle.”

Pedro Martinez came to the Valencia in the summer of 2015 with a contract for a campaign that was renewed last summer for another year.

This season, in addition to the league title, the Valencian team has achieved the classification for the Euroleague and the ACB, its great initial goal of the campaign, plus appearing in the finals of the Copa del Rey and Eurocopa.

Chechu Mulero, sports director of the Valencian team, expressed his, “Gratitude for the work, dedication and effort made during these years, as well as recognize the merits achieved by the team at this stage under his direction.”

Whilst, Paco Rag , CEO of the club, said that they wish him “the best of luck in his career as well as personal and family level, which has established a great relationship.”

For his part, the coach said he was “very proud and satisfied to have been part of the Taronja family” and wished “the best of luck to the club in the future.”

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