Spain, China, Russia and now Japan. Lucas Mondelo he has reaped success wherever he has developed his coaching career. The most successful Coach in the history of the Women’s National Team (seven podiums in seven championships) just added to his legend this Sunday. It has done conquering his first Japanese league as a Toyota Antelopes coach.
Mondelo landed in Japan in the summer of 2019. Despite the league title being vacant due to the pandemic, the Spanish coach and his assistant Iván Torinos built a good foundation in their first year in Japan, where they achieved the cup runner-up. A great job that in this second campaign has paid off. After being regular league champions in the West division, the Toyota Antelopes have conquered the league after beating their rival in the final two games (141-126 on aggregate). And it was not just any rival: the JX-Eneos Sunflowers had been champions continuously since the 2010-2011 season.
There are already five league titles at the club level on the record of Lucas Mondelo, who won the Endesa Women’s League in 2011 with Perfumerías Avenida and was champion three times (2013, 2014 and 2015) in the Chinese WCBA. In addition, two Euroleagues also stand out in his record (one with Avenida, in 2011, and another with Dynamo Kursk six years later). With the Russian club he was also Cup champion in 2018 and three times runner-up in the Russian league.
Next objective, the summer 2021 with the National Team
Since assuming the position of National Coach in 2012, the Women’s National Team has not stepped down from the podium. European Champions in 2013, 2017 and 2019 and European bronze in 2015; Olympic runners-up in 2016; and silver in 2014 and bronze in 2018 at the World Cup; This summer of 2021, Spain faces a summer that is as demanding as it is exciting. From June 17 to 27, the National Team will play the 2021 Eurobasket for Women in Valencia. A little over a month later, it will face the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in a country that is already a guarantee of success for Lucas Mondelo.
Lucas Mondelo’s record at the club level
1 Endesa Women’s League (2011, Perfumerías Avenida)
1 Copa de la Reina (2012, Perfumerías Avenida)
2 Spanish Super Cups (2011 and 2010, Perfumerías Avenida)
2 Euroleague Women (2011, Perfumerías Avenida, and 2017, Dynamo Kursk)
2 European Super Cups (2011, Perfumerías Avenida, and 2017, Dynamo Kursk)
1 Russian Cup (2018, Dynamo Kursk)
3 China WCBA (2013, 2014 and 2015, Shanxi Flame)
1 Japan League (2021, Toyota Antelopes)