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Antonio Diaz-Miguel

Enshrined 1997
Alcazar de San Juan, Ciudad Real, Spain
July 6, 1933 - February 21, 2000

Biography

Antonio Diaz-Miguel was a pioneer in the promotion of worldwide basketball. Coach of the Spanish National team from 1965 to 1992, Antonio Diaz-Miguel's players were always well-prepared, fundamentally sound, and displayed exceptional sportsmanship. In more than 300 games, Diaz-Miguel led the Spanish National team to six Olympiads, including a silver medal in the 1984 games in Los Angeles. Diaz-Miguel's teams participated in fourteen European Championships and four World Championships, and his best finishes were two silver medals (1973, 1983) and one bronze medal (1991) in the European Championships. Coaching the European All-Star team six times, Diaz-Miguel was named the Best Spanish Coach of the 1980s. A winner of numerous coaching awards, Diaz-Miguel frequently lectured on basketball around the world.

Career Highlights

European Championship Silver Medal, 1973, 1983
Spain's Coach of the Year, 1981, 1982
Olympic Silver Medal, 1984
Spanish Coach of the Decade for the 1980s