ANDhe Valencia Basketball has reached an agreement that Alex Mumbru (Barcelona, ??06/12/1979, 43 years old) becomes the head coach of the men’s first team of the taronja entity, with a link that will unite the two parties for the next three seasonsuntil June 30, 2025. The Catalan coach arrives after ending his contract with Surne Bilbao Basket after a link of four campaigns as coach and nine previous as a player with the Basque team. Mumbrú took charge of the Bilbao team immediately after his retirement to achieve promotion from the LEB Oro in his first year and later lead them in the Endesa League for the last three courses, remaining at the door of the playoff this course with a balance of 16 -18.

From the track to the benches

Álex Mumbrú, a basketball player, was a international forward who played 113 games with the Spanish team and who hung five metals with the national team (two golds at the 2006 World Cup and the 2009 Eurobasket, two silvers at the 2007 European Championships and the 2008 Olympic Games, and a bronze at the 2013 Eurobasket). Formed in the quarry of Joventut from Badalonathe new coach Taronja debuted as a professional on September 6, 1997 and began a career in the Endesa League that lasted 677 games and 21 seasons: five in a first stage in the Joventut, two courses in the real Madrid, again another two at Penya, he returned to the white team for three seasons and from 2009 until his retirement in 2018, nine seasons with Bilbao Basket. From his last professional game, on May 24, 2018, to the announcement that he would be the new coach of the Bilbao team after its demotion, barely 42 days passed.

Promotion to the ACB in his debut as coach

Mumbru premiered as a professional trainer on October 6, 2018 in Pumarín with a victory against Oviedo Baloncesto by 77-82. In that first course, the Men in Black achieved a balance of 24-10 to finish in second place in the regular phase of the LEB Oro and fight for promotion in the Playoff. In the quarterfinals they were unable to resolve their series against Palencia until the fifth game, but in the semifinals they got rid of Club Melilla Baloncesto 75-68 and in the final they beat Iberojet Palma 62-55 to return Bilbao Basket to the elite of Spanish basketball.

Three seasons of experience in the Endesa League

Álex Mumbrú’s debut in the ACB could not have started better. He opened his career in the elite of Spanish basketball with a win at the Iberostar Tenerife court, qualified the team for the Copa del Rey 2020 as fifth classified at the end of the first round and occupied the same fifth position when the competition was stopped when reaching day 23 due to the global pandemic and that was resolved in the Extraordinary Final Phase of the Fonteta for which the Men in Black they classified. The 2020-21 academic year was especially complicated for Bilbao Basket that (like the rest of the teams) really missed the support of their fans in the stands. After starting with a 2-12 that seemed like a certain sentence, the Bilbao team went from strength to strength and won three of their last four home games to save the category and stay in the Endesa League.

Last season was once again complicated at the start for the Men in Black, but after an adaptation process that cost another bad start, Surne Bilbao Basket chained six wins in the second half of December and the month of January that left one victory away from getting back into the Copa del Rey. And in the second lap he maintained that improvement to reach the last day with options to qualify for the Endesa League playoffalthough the balance of 16-18 was not enough.