Saturday, June 23, 2018

Ettore Messina to depart CSKA Moscow after two seasons

Last week, CSKA Moscow announced that Ettore Messina is stepping down as the team's head coach at the conclusion of the season.

Messina has been the team's most successful head coach to date. During his two-season tenure with CSKA Moscow, Messina led the team to two Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four appearances, two VTB League titles and one Russian championship, reports.

"We had a great six years together," Messina said, according to "I was honored to be a part of this great club, and I wish CSKA the best of luck in the future."

The 54-year-old coach is a two-time Alexander Gomelskiy Euroleague Coach of the Year Trophy winner. During his tenure with other Euroleague teams, he collected four Russian League titles and two Russian Cup trophies.

"We are celebrating the end of a victorious season but feel sad at the same time," CSKA President Andrei Vatutin said, reports. "Ettore Messina, the most successful coach in CSKA's modern history, is leaving. We have to start many things from scratch. On behalf of the club and myself, I would like to express my gratitude and admiration. Ettore will always be a part of our family."

Prior to arriving in Moscow, Messina served as head coach of Real Madrid from 2009 to 2011. Throughout his career in Russia, Messina remained a consultant coach for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers franchise.