Sandro Gamba
Gamba, circa 1960.
Personal information
Born3 June 1932 (1932-06-03) (age 91)
Milan, Italy
Listed height6 ft 2.75 in (1.90 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
Playing career1950–1965
PositionSmall forward
Coaching career1965–1992
Career history
As player:
1950–1963Olimpia Milano
1963–1965Milano 1958
As coach:
1965–1973Olimpia Milano (assistant)
1977–1980Auxilium Torino
1985–1987Virtus Bologna
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As head coach:

Basketball Hall of Fame as coach
Men's Basketball Head coach
Representing  Italy
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1980 Moscow
Bronze medal – third place 1985 West Germany
Gold medal – first place 1983 France
Silver medal – second place 1991 Italy

Alessandro "Sandro" Gamba (born 3 June 1932) is an Italian former professional basketball player and coach. Gamba was a finalist for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005, and was elected as a member in 2006. He was inducted in 2006 to the Italian Basketball Hall of Fame.

Playing career

Clubs career

During his club career, Gamba spent most of his career with Olimpia Milano, they won ten LBA championships (1951–1954, 1957–1960, 1962–1963). He finished his career with Milano 1958.

Italy national team

Gamba debuted with the Italy national team in 1952 and captained at the 1960 Summer Olympic Games.[1]

Coaching career

Gamba retired from playing in 1965, and became a coach in the top-tier level Italian professional league (LBA) where he coached teams like Olimpia Milano (assistant coach, 1965–1973), Varese (1973–1977), Auxilium Torino (1977–1980), and Virtus Bologna (1985–1987). He led Varese to two LBA championships (1974 and 1977), and two FIBA European Champions Cup (EuroLeague) titles (1975 and 1976).

From 1979 to 1992, except for a hiatus in 1985–1987, Gamba was the head coach of the Italy national team, and led them to a silver medal at the Summer Olympic Games in 1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992. He also coached the national team at the EuroBasket seven times, winning a gold in 1983, a bronze in 1985, and a silver in 1991.[2]

He was selected as a coach of the FIBA European Selection teams in 1991. He also worked as the coach of the "Rest of the World" team, at the Nike Hoop Summit.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Sandro Gamba". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020.
  2. ^ Alessandro "Sandro" Gamba Archived 31 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine.