Panathinaikos BC announces the two-year agreement with coach Ergin Ataman.
Ergin Ataman was born on January 7, 1966 in Istanbul and he is a Turkich professional basketball coach. He began his coaching 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.
Ataman 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 Ulkerspor (now Fenerbahçe Ülker). Subsequent to his departure from Fenerbahçe he returned to Italy and signed for Climamio Bologna and coached there until his return to Turkey as the head coach of Beşiktaş during the 2007–08 season.
The next season he signed a two-years contract with Efes Pilsen, where he had worked from 1999 to 2001. 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.
He signed a two-years contract with Beşiktaş in the January 2011 and he won the Turkish Cup in February 2012. Subsequently, he won the EuroChallenge title against Elan Chalon in the final on April 29, 2012. Finally, he won the Turkish League championship victory against Anadolu Efes in the playoff finals on June 11, 2012.
Ataman signed a multi-year contract with Galatasaray Odeabank on June 22, 2012. He won the Turkish League championship victory against Banvitspor in the playoff finals on June 15, 2013.
On June 6, 2015, he signed a two-year extension with the club and 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.
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.
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.
He won the EuroLeague title for the second time in a row in the final match against Real Madrid in the 2021–22 season. In 2022-23 season Ataman won the Turkish National Championship with Anadolu Efes Istanbul.
- Aleksander Gomelskiy Euroleague Coach of the Year (2021).
- Won the 2021 and 2022 EuroLeague with Anadolu Efes Istanbul.
- Won the 2016 EuroCup with Galatasaray Istanbul.
- Won the 2002 Saporta Cup with Mens Sana Basket Siena.
- Won the 2012 Euro Challenge with Besiktas JK Istanbul.
- Won the 2008-09 Turkish National Championship with Efes Pilsen Istanbul.
- Won the 2011-12 Turkish National Championship with Besiktas JK Istanbul.
- Won the 2012-13 Turkish National Championship with Galatasaray Istanbul.
- Won the 2018-19, 2020-21 and 2022-23 Turkish National Championship with Anadolu Efes Istanbul.
- Won the 1997 Turkish President Cup with Telekom Ankara.
- Won the 2000 Turkish President Cup with Efes Pilsen Istanbul.
- Won the 2004 and 2005 Turkish National Cup with Ulker Sports Club Istanbul.
- Won the 2009 Turkish National Cup with Efes Pilsen Istanbul.
- Won the 2012 Turkish National Cup with Besiktas JK Istanbul.
- Won the 2018 and 2022 Turkish National Cup with Anadolu Efes Istanbul.