Ergin Ataman

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Ergin Ataman
Ergin Ataman Anadolu Efes 20180119.jpg
Ataman in January 2018
Anadolu Efes
PositionHead coach
Personal information
Born (1966-01-07) January 7, 1966 (age 56)
Istanbul, Turkey
Career information
Playing career1984–1996
Coaching career1996–present
Career history
As coach:
1996–1998Türk Telekom
1999Pınar Karşıyaka
1999–2001Efes Pilsen
2001–2003Montepaschi Siena
2006–2007Climamio Bologna
2008–2010Efes Pilsen
2017–presentAnadolu Efes
Career highlights and awards
As head coach

As assistant coach

Halil Ergin Ataman (born January 7, 1966) is a Turkish professional basketball coach. He is the current head coach of Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball Super League and the EuroLeague. He also coaches the Turkey men's national basketball team.

During his playing career which began in 1982, he played at Eczacıbaşı and Yeşilyurt basketball teams.

Coaching career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Ataman began his managerial career in Eczacıbaşı Youth Team followed by a stint as the coach of Efes Pilsen Youth Team. Then, he coached the BSL teams Türk Telekom, Pınar Karşıyaka and Efes Pilsen respectively. He was the assistant coach of Turkish national team alongside Ercüment Sunter in EuroBasket 1997 in Spain. Turkey finished the tournament in the 8th place. He spent time at Stanford University in the United States as an observer during the 1998-99 season.

After his return to Europe, he coached Italian side Montepaschi Siena and won with the club the very last Saporta Cup in 2002. Subsequently, he joined Ülkerspor (now Fenerbahçe Ülker); however, he had to quit his job due to personal issues.[1] He stated that his resignation was voluntary.[2] Subsequent to his departure from Fenerbahçe he returned to Italy and signed for Climamio Bologna[3][4] and coached there until his return to Turkey as the head coach of Beşiktaş during the 2007–08 season.[5][6]

Beşiktaş Cola Turka[edit]

Ataman had a successful season with Beşiktaş which the team achieved EuroCup Quarter Finals held in Turin, Italy; after a stunning undefeated 10 in-a-row win performance in group B.[7] This was the very first time that two Turkish teams played against each other. Beşiktaş lost against Galatasaray Cafe Crown and eliminated in quarters.[8] In the league, team finalized the regular season on top place and been a part of Play-offs.[9] After the elimination of Beşiktaş Cola Turka in the quarters, the declaration was released that Ergin Ataman no more coaching Beşiktaş Cola Turka.[10]

Efes Pilsen[edit]

A week later, he signed a two-years contract with Efes Pilsen, where he had worked from 1999 to 2001.[11] Ataman have reached the major achievements in 2008–09 season with winning Turkish League, Turkish Cup, and Turkish President's Cup championships. On June 4, 2010, he left the Efes Pilsen.[12]

Return to Beşiktaş[edit]

He signed a two-years contract with Beşiktaş in the January 2011.[13] In the 2010–11 season, he didn't win the cups with Beşiktaş. And next season, he won the Turkish Cup in February 2012.[14] Subsequently, he won the EuroChallenge title against Elan Chalon in the final on April 29, 2012.[15] And finally, he won the Turkish League championship victory against Anadolu Efes in the playoff finals on June 11, 2012.[16]

Galatasaray Odeabank[edit]

He signed a multi-year contract with Galatasaray Odeabank on June 22, 2012.[17] He won the Turkish League championship victory against Banvitspor in the playoff finals on June 15, 2013.

In the beginning of 2014–15 season, Galatasaray struggled financially and eventually in the results. Several players boycotted training and also some were injured, which led to frustration and conflicts in the team.[18] On October 19, 2014, Ataman was involved in the incident with then-Galatasaray player Nolan Smith, who threw the towel while being subbed out from the game against Banvit.[19] The player parted ways with the team the following week.[20] On November 21, 2014, in the press-conference after the EuroLeague game against the Serbian team Crvena zvezda in Istanbul, Ataman got negative publicity in Serbia, for calling 300–400 Zvezda fans Delije the "terrorists". He also stated that they were "attacking our police and our fans with torches and stones" and that he was "worried as a citizen for his and others safety".[21] All these comments came in line with the killing of Crvena zvezda fan by Galatasaray supporters in fan violence before the game.[22] Even Serbian PM Aleksandar Vučić reacted to that comment, saying that "Ataman is no longer welcome in Serbia".[23] Ataman later apologized for his comments, saying that "all the remarks [on Zvezda fans] were made before learning it [that this tragedy occurred before the game]".[24]

On June 6, 2015, he signed a two-year extension with the club, reportedly worth half million euros per season.[25]

On April 27, Ataman's team Galatasaray Odebank defeated Strasbourg in Abdi İpekçi Arena and won the EuroCup title. With this win he reached his 3rd European-wide championship as a head coach.

Anadolu Efes[edit]

In December 2017, Ataman signed a contract with Anadolu Efes.

In 2018–19 season, Ataman led Anadolu Efes to the 2019 EuroLeague Final Four, where they lost in the final game to the CSKA Moscow. On May 23, Ataman signed a two-year contract extension with the Anadolu Efes.[26]

In 2020–21 season, Ataman won the EuroLeague title where they played with Barcelona in the final game. Ataman became the first Turkish coach who won the EuroLeague title. And next season, he won the Turkish Cup in February 2022.[27]

He won the EuroLeague title for the second time in a row in the final match against Real Madrid in the 2021–22 season.[28]

Coaching record[edit]

G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the team played during the season. He also coached in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.


Team Year G W L W–L% Result
Montepaschi 2002–03 22 11 11 .500 Won in 3rd place game
Ülker 2003–04 13 6 7 .462 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
Ülker 2004–05 22 10 12 .455 Eliminated in quarterfinals
Ülker 2005–06 19 6 13 .316 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
Bologna 2006–07 14 5 9 .357 Eliminated in regular season
Efes Pilsen 2008–09 10 4 6 .400 Eliminated in regular season
Efes Pilsen 2009–10 16 6 10 .375 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
Galatasaray 2013–14 27 13 14 .481 Eliminated in quarterfinals
Galatasaray 2014–15 24 6 18 .250 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
Galatasaray 2016–17 30 11 19 .367 Eliminated in regular season
Anadolu Efes 2017–18 18 4 14 .222 Eliminated in regular season
Anadolu Efes 2018–19 37 24 13 .649 Lost in the final game
Anadolu Efes 2019–20 28 24 4 .857 EuroLeague cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anadolu Efes 2020–21 41 27 14 .659 Won EuroLeague Championship
Anadolu Efes 2021–22 34 21 13 .618 Won EuroLeague Championship
Career 314 151 163 .481

Domestic Leagues[edit]

Team Year G W L W–L% Result
Anadolu Efes Pilsen 2017–18 36 25 11 .6944 Lost 2018 Turkish League Semifinals
Anadolu Efes Pilsen 2018–19 40 34 6 .8500 Won 2019 Turkish League Finals
Anadolu Efes Pilsen 2019–20 23 21 2 .9737 League cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anadolu Efes Pilsen 2020–21 38 37 1 .9737 Won 2021 Turkish League Finals
Career 137 117 20 .8540


Personal life[edit]

Ataman studied at Italian High School in Istanbul. Then he was accepted by İstanbul University, where he studied at Business Administration Department. He is married to Berna Ataman and has a son named Sarp.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ergin Ataman istifa etti" (in Turkish). 2006-03-27. Retrieved 2008-05-09.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Ergin Ataman istifa etti" (in Turkish). 2006-03-28. Archived from the original on 2012-01-14. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  3. ^ "Ergin Ataman Bologna'da" (in Turkish). 2006-11-17. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  4. ^ "Şampiyonluk Yaşamaya Geldim" (in Turkish). 2009-03-05. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  5. ^ "Ergin Ataman Beşiktaş'ta" (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 2007-05-19. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  6. ^ "Beşiktaş Cola Turka Ergin Ataman'la Anlaştı" (in Turkish). 2007-06-13. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  7. ^ "Beşiktaş Cola Turka ULEB Cup`da Yenilgisiz Tek Takım (77-76)" (in Turkish). 2008-01-09. Archived from the original on 2008-10-11. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  8. ^ "Beşiktaş Cola Turka: 60 Galatasaray Cafe Crown: 61" (in Turkish). 2008-04-10. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  9. ^ "Lider işi Uzattı" (in Turkish). 2008-04-28. Retrieved 2008-05-09.
  10. ^ "Beşiktaş'ta Ataman dönemi bitti" (in Turkish). 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2008-05-28.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Ergin Ataman resmen Efes'te" (in Turkish). 2008-05-29. Retrieved 2008-05-30.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Ergin Ataman left the Efes Pilsen Archived 2014-09-03 at the Wayback Machine (in Turkish)
  13. ^ Ergin Ataman signed with Beşiktaş Archived 2011-01-09 at the Wayback Machine (in Turkish)
  14. ^ Beşiktaş Milangaz won the Turkish Cup (in Turkish)
  15. ^ Beşiktaş Milangaz win Eurochallenge 2012
  16. ^ Beşiktaş Milangaz won the Turkish League (in Turkish)
  17. ^ Galatasaray announced Ergin Ataman
  18. ^ "Rasulo u Galati – sukob na treningu". (in Serbian). Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  19. ^ Kalaf, Samer. "Nolan Smith Throws Towel While Walking To Bench, Infuriates Coach". Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  20. ^ "Nolan Smith leaves Galatasaray". Archived from the original on 19 September 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  21. ^ "Ataman: Navijači Zvezde – teroristi". (in Serbian). Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  22. ^ "Serbian fan killed in Istanbul Euroleague violence: consul". Reuters. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  23. ^ "Ataman nije dobrodošao u Srbiju". (in Serbian). Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  24. ^ "Ataman: Nisam znao za ubistvo". (in Serbian). Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  25. ^ "Ergin Ataman signs a two-year, €1M contract with Galatasaray". 6 June 2015. Archived from the original on 20 September 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  26. ^ "Efes re-signs Coach Ataman". 23 May 2019. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  27. ^ "Micic leads Efes past Fenerbahce, raising the Turkish Cup". Retrieved 2022-02-20.
  28. ^ "Anadolu Efes takes down Real to win back-to-back EuroLeague title!". Eurohoops. 2022-05-21. Retrieved 2022-05-21.

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