|Born||April 15, 1958|
|Listed height||6 ft 2.75 in (1.90 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|Career highlights and awards|
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As a head coach:
Agamemnon "Memos" Ioannou (Greek : Αγαμέμνων "Μέμος" Ιωάννου; born April 15, 1958 in Greece), is a retired Greek professional basketball player and coach. At 6'2 3⁄4" (1.90 m), he played at the point guard and shooting guard positions.
Greek is an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages, native to Greece, Cyprus and other parts of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea. It has the longest documented history of any living Indo-European language, spanning more than 3000 years of written records. Its writing system has been the Greek alphabet for the major part of its history; other systems, such as Linear B and the Cypriot syllabary, were used previously. The alphabet arose from the Phoenician script and was in turn the basis of the Latin, Cyrillic, Armenian, Coptic, Gothic, and many other writing systems.
Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, also known as Hellas, is a country located in Southern and Southeast Europe, with a population of approximately 11 million as of 2016. Athens is the nation's capital and largest city, followed by Thessaloniki.
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.
Ioannou had a successful playing career with Panathinaikos, as he won 6 Greek League championships (1975, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984) and 4 Greek Cups (1979, 1982, 1983, 1986) with the club. In 1991, he won the FIBA European Cup Winners' Cup (later called FIBA Saporta Cup) championship while playing with PAOK. In 1993, Ioannou won the FIBA European Cup again, this time while playing with Aris.
Panathinaikos B.C., also known simply as Panathinaikos, or by its current name Panathinaikos B.C. OPAP for sponsorship reasons, is the professional basketball team of the major Athens-based multi-sport club Panathinaikos A.O. It is owned by the billionaire Giannakopoulos family.
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Ioannou was also a member of the senior men's Greek national team that won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 1987. He also played at the 1990 FIBA World Championship.
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After his playing career ended, Ioannou became a professional head basketball coach. He was named the Greek League Best Coach in 2005.
A head coach, senior coach, or manager is a professional at training and developing athletes. They typically hold a more public profile and are paid more than other coaches. In some sports, the head coach is instead called the "manager", as in association football and professional baseball. In other sports such as Australian rules football, the head coach is generally termed a senior coach.
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