Spanish coach and Spanish national team head
hoach Lucas Mondelo was born in Barcelona in 1967. He has had a stellar career
at the highest level of professional basketball, including some of the best
clubs and national teams, and is the most accoladed European coach in recent
In his early years as coach, Mondelo’s career
developed through different teams in the Spanish Second Division, such as,
Viladecans, Nacex Jovent and Olesa (a team that he progressed through to
Spanish First Division in the 2006-07 season).
Already in the Spanish First Division, he
coached Olesa for three seasons, finishing eighth, fifth and seventh, and
reaching the semifinals of Copa.
As a result of his impressive work, Perfumerías
Avenida signed Mondelo in the 2010-11 season. He repaid this trust with victory
in the Supercopa of Spain (defeating Ros Casares), the Spanish First Division
and the Euroleague in his debut in the competition.
Mondelo started Euroleague with a record of
8-2. They eliminated Pecs in the first round of finals, 2-0 against Wisla in
the quarter finals, and defeated Ros Casares in the Semifinal (61-49), before
claiming the championship with a 68-59 win over Spartak of Moscow in the Final.
Between the 18th of December 2010 and the 25th
of November 2011, Mondelo won 38 consecutive games in Spanish League and
Euroleague, including victories against Galatasaray, Spartak of Moscow (2),
Wisla (2), Ros Casares (4), CCC, Tarbes (2), Rivas (2) and Nadezhda.
Mondelo resigned with Perfumerías Avenida in
the 2011-12 season. However, it was a dramatically different side, with key
players signing with richer clubs, he had to deal with a practically new team.
With seven new players, Mondelo won the
SuperEuro Cup against Elitzur Ramla (95-72) and the SuperSpanish Cup against
In March 2012, Mondelo won the Queen Cup,
defeating the strong Ros Casares, who finished winning the Spanish League and
the Euroleague that season with many Allstars on their roster.
With victory in the Queen Cup, Mondelo had 7
titles in 2 years, achieving all titles possible for a Spanish coach.
In season 2012-13, Mondelo received a great
offer from Shanxi Rui Flame, a team who was recently promoted to Chinese First
Division and who had signed Maya Moore.
Without a single player in the national Chinese
team on their roster, Mondelo and his assistant coach César Rupérez achieved an
amazing result, reaching finals and finishing in second position.
Later in the playoffs, they defeated Jiangsu
(2-0), Beijing (2-1) and won the Chinese League, playing in the Final against
the powerful Zhejiang, spearheaded by Liz Cambage (3-1).
Never in history had a team won the Chinese
league in their first year in the top competition.
Again, Mondelo demonstrated his capacity to
adapt to whatever environment, with different teams, and making them
competitive and successful.
With these remarkable results, the Spanish
Basketball Federation entrusted Mondelo with the U19 National team, who played
in the 2009 World Championships in Thailand.
Unbelievably, Spain defeated Team USA in the
first game (90-86). A team who had Nnemkadi Ogwumike (number 1 pick in the WNBA
2012 Draft), Skylar Diggins (number 3 pick in 2013), Shenise Jognson (number 6
pick in 2012), as well as the number 10, 21, and 24 picks in 2012.
Mondelo and Spain achieved 8 wins in the first
8 games that they played, finishing with a Silver Medal after a loss in the
Final against USA.
In July 2010, Mondelo coached the U20 national
team in the European Championship in Latvia, winning 8/8 games but suffering a
1 point defeat in the Final against Russia (75-74), earning the Silver Medal.
In July 2011, Modelo finally won a Gold Medal
in the European Championship in Serbia with an unbeaten record.
In March 2012, Mondelo was named the head coach
for the Spanish National senior team and qualified to play in the European
Championship in 2013.
In the 2013 European Championship, Mondelo
achieved the impossible, winning the Gold Medal after beating France in France
in the Final and maintaining an undefeated record for the tournament, playing
In the 2013-14 season, Mondelo returned to
China with Shanxi, claiming his second League Championship in a row, as well as
matching the record for most consecutive wins in the Chinese Championship, and
being nominated as the best coach in the North for the All Star weekend.
In the summer of 2014, Mondelo won the Silver
Medal in the World Championship in Turkey, losing the Final against USA, and
breaking a 32 game winning streak for the national side.
In the season 2014-15, Mondelo again returned
to China and Shanxi Riu Flame and won the Chinese Championship for the third
time in a row.
In the summer of 2015, Mondelo won the Bronze
Medal with the Spanish national team in the European Championship played in
Hungary and Romania, defeating Belarus (58-74) in the play-off for third and
In this current season, Mondelo has re-signed
with the Chinese Shanxi Riu Flame to lead the fourth consecutive program with
the Chinese club.
Furthermore, in this 2015-16 season has
finished first in the qualification group for the 2017 European Championship,
overwhelmingly defeating Finland and Sweden.
2007-2008: C.B. Olesa (Spain-D1)
2008-2009: C.B. Olesa Espanyol (Spain-D1)
2009-2010: C.B. Olesa Espanyol (Spain-D1)
2010-2011: Perfumerías Avenida Salamanca
(Spain-D1 and Euroleague)
2011-2012: Perfumerías Avenida Salamanca (Spain-D1
2012-2013: Shanxi Xing Rui Flame (China-WCBA)
2013-2014: Shanxi Xing Rui Flame (China-WCBA)
Shanxi Xing Rui Flame (China-WCBA)
2015-2016: Shanxi Xing Rui Flame (China-WCBA)
Queen Cup Semifinalist 2009
Silver Medal in U19 World Championship 2009
Silver Medal in U20 European Championship 2010
Spanish First Division finalist 2010 and 2012
Euroleague Champion 2011
Coach of the year in Euroleague 2011
Queen Cup semifinalist 2011
SuperSpanish Cup Champion 2011 and 2013
Spanish League Champion 2011
Best coach in U20 European Championship 2011
Gold Medal in the U20 European Championship
Best Coach of Europe 2011
Queen Cup Champion 2012
Head Coach of the Spanish National Senior Team
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016
Chinese regular season Champion 2013
Best coach of Chinese regular season 2013
Gold Medal in European Championship with
Spanish National Senior Team 2013
Best Coach in European Championship 2013
Silver Medal in 2014 World Championship
All Star coach Chinese League 2015
Chinese League Regular Season Champion 2015
Chinese League Champion 2015
Bronze Medal in the European Championship 2015