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Lucas Mondelo

Bandera Nacionalidad

Date of birth: 28/07/1967

Birthplace: Barcelona (Spain)

Nationality: Spain

Current team: Dynamo Kursk (Russia-D1)

Situation: Signed

Languages: Spanish, Catalan

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 years.

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 Rivas (77-65)

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 great basketball.

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 fourth.

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 and Euroleague)

2012-2013: Shanxi Xing Rui Flame (China-WCBA)

2013-2014: Shanxi Xing Rui Flame (China-WCBA)

2014-2015:  Shanxi Xing Rui Flame (China-WCBA)

2015-2016:  Shanxi Xing Rui Flame (China-WCBA)

2016-2017:   Dynamo Kursk (Russia-D1)


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 2011

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

Silver Medal in the 2016 Olympic Games - Rio de Janeiro



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