Spanish Liga ACB side Herbalife Gran Canaria have announced Salva Maldonado as their new head coach.
The tactician has replaced Luis Casimiro Palomo Cárdenas, who guided Gran Canaria to the 2017/18 Liga ACB playoffs semi-finals where they lost to eventual champions Real Madrid Baloncesto.
Gran Canaria also achieved qualification to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague for the first time ever. They will participate in next season’s EuroLeague competition.
However, the Spanish trainer parted ways with the club and Maldonado has since rejoined the Las Palmas-based club ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Gran Canaria released the following statement:
A club statement read: “Salvador Maldonado Ruiz (1959, Barcelona) will coach the Herbalife Gran Canaria for the next season.”
“The coach was previously in the Claretian club during the period 2005-2009 and now he recalls again after his last two campaigns in Movistar Estudiantes.”
“Maldonado has directed seven different benches in ACB, counting that of Herbalife Gran Canaria, and is currently the sixth coach with the most matches in the Endesa League.”
“In addition, this season exceeded 300 victories in domestic competition, a milestone that only five other coaches have achieved to date.”
Maldonado will be looking to guide Gran Canaria to the 2018/19 Liga ACB title.
The club won its first national title after beating FC Barcelona 79–59 in the final of the 2016 Supercopa played in Vitoria-Gasteiz on 24 September 2016.