Meet Our Coaching Staff
- Head Coach
Dr. Yiannis Grapsas has been involved in professional basketball for over 25 years. He has coached at various levels in Greece (PAOK BC; MENT BC; APOLLON KALAMARIAS; ANAGENNISI FLOGA etc.). He also cooperates for many years side by side with top coaches in Europe and all over the world like: Panagiotis Yiannakis (Greek National Team, Olympiakos, China National Team, Aris), Ettore Messina (Italian National Team, Benetton Treviso, CSKA Moscow, Real Madrit, Los Angeles Lakers, Sun Antonio Spurs), Luca Banchi (Montepaschi Siena, Armani Milano, Brose Bamberg). His scholarship through the Greek Basketball Coaches Association gave him the opportunity to work with top NBA & NCAA coaches like Maurice Cheeks, Tony DiLeo (Philadelphia 76ers), Phil Martelli (Saint Joseph University), Jay Wright (Villanova University), Fran Dunphy ( Temple University). He has been working successfully with “Juniors Basketball Development Programs in PAOK Thessaloniki and GBA and he has also been an assistant at the men’s PAOK Scouting Team. Every year he coaches in a lot of Basketball Camps in Europe like Yiannakis Academy, NBC Camps, GBA Basketball Camp, Croatia Youth Camp. Dr. Grapsas is considered by the top coaches in Greece for players Individual Development. He has been teaching Basketball Coaching and Scouting at the Department of Physical Education & Sport Sciences of Democritus University of Thrace.
- Assistant Coach & Player Manager
Coach Welcome is the liaison person between team/coach/information officers and the office administration. He works closely with the Coach to bring about a high level of team spirit & camaraderie within the team and with all other members of the Club. As an assistant coach, Welcome is aware of the hard work and type of culture required to win-and he has passed this on to the players. He is a valuable mentor to the players and has dedicated himself to improving their basketball skills and advancing their careers.
- Assistant Coach & Athletic Trainer
As a development coach Emmanuel stresses sportsmanship, focuses on the fundamentals and exudes positivity. The development of the team is very important, and with his guidance we have seen the success of our players over the years.
- Team Physiotherapist
Thato is the team physiotherapist who comes in with valuable field expertise. Her bubbly character speaks to the nature of the team and augments the team spirit. She ensures that the players are physically prepared before every battle.
- PR & Operations
Acts as conduit between press and the team . She is the liaison for the team with other international basketball federations. She pioneers community engagement projects as well as pioneered social media platforms for fans and other bodies to interact and share in the ownership of the team.