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Ataman during the match against FB Ülker in 2008

Halil Ergin Ataman (born 7 January 1966, Istanbul) is a Turkish basketball coach who is currently coaching Turkish side Efes Pilsen. During his playing career which he had begun in 1978, he played at Eczacıbaşı and Yeşilyurt basketball teams.

Ataman have reached the major achievements in 2008-09 season with winning Turkish League, Turkish Cup, and Turkish President's Cup championships.


Coaching career

Ataman had begun his managerial career in Eczacıbaşı Youth Team. Secondly, he was dutied in Efes Pilsen Youth Team. Then, he coached the TBL teams Türk Telekom, Pınar Karşıyaka and Efes Pilsen respectively. He was the assistant coach of Turkey national basketball team aslongside Ercüment Sunter in EuroBasket 1997 in Spain. Turkey had the 8th place in that tournament. He had spelled some time at Stanford University in the USA for making observations about basketball whilst 1998-99 season.

After his returning to Europe, he coached Italian side Montepaschi Siena and achieved the very last Saporta Cup in 2002. Subsequently, he joined Ülkerspor (now Fenerbahçe Ülker); however, he had to quit his job due to his private life to be highlighted by the press.[1][2] On his decleration, he stated that resigned for the favours of the club.[3] At the same season, he went again to Italy and work there. He signed for Climamio Bologna[4][5] and coached this time until he dealt with Beşiktaş in the opening phase of 2007-08 season.[6][7]

Ataman had a successful season with Beşiktaş which the team achieved Uleb Cup Quarter Finals held in Turin, Italy; after a stunning undefeated 10 in-a-row win performance in group B.[8] This was the very first time that two Turkish teams played against each other. Beşiktaş lost against Galatasaray Cafe Crown and eliminated in quarters.[9] In the league, team finalized the regular season on top place and been a part of Play-offs.[10] After the elimination of Beşiktaş Cola Turka in the quarters, the decleration was released that Ergin Ataman no more coaching Beşiktaş Cola Turka.[11] A week later, he signed a two year contract with Efes Pilsen, where he had worked from 1999 to 2001.[12]


Personal life

Ataman studied at Italian High School in Istanbul. Then he was accepted by İstanbul University where he studied at Business Administration Department.

Ataman at Press Conference

final four in Efes Pilsen


  1. ^ "Sevgiliye tokat attı işinden oldu". 2006-03-27. Retrieved 2008-05-09.  (Turkish)
  2. ^ "Ergin Ataman istifa etti". 2006-03-27. Retrieved 2008-05-09.  (Turkish)
  3. ^ "Ergin Ataman istifa etti". 2006-03-28. Retrieved 2008-05-09.  (Turkish)
  4. ^ "Ergin Ataman Bologna'da". 2006-11-17. Retrieved 2008-05-09.  (Turkish)
  5. ^ "Şampiyonluk Yaşamaya Geldim". 02-12-2006. Retrieved 2008-05-09.  (Turkish)
  6. ^ "Ergin Ataman Beşiktaş'ta". 11-06-2007. Retrieved 2008-05-09.  (Turkish)
  7. ^ "Beşiktaş Cola Turka Ergin Ataman'la Anlaştı". 13-06-2007. Retrieved 2008-05-09.  (Turkish)
  8. ^ "Beşiktaş Cola Turka ULEB Cup`da Yenilgisiz Tek Takım (77-76)". 09-01-2008. Retrieved 2008-05-09.  (Turkish)
  9. ^ "Beşiktaş Cola Turka: 60 Galatasaray Cafe Crown: 61". 10-04-2008. Retrieved 2008-05-09.  (Turkish)
  10. ^ "Lider işi Uzattı". 2008-04-28. Retrieved 2008-05-09.  (Turkish)
  11. ^ "Beşiktaş'ta Ataman dönemi bitti". 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2008-05-28.  (Turkish)
  12. ^ "Ergin Ataman resmen Efes'te". 2008-05-29. Retrieved 2008-05-30.  (Turkish)

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