Vincent Collet
Collet, in 2014.
Personal information
Born (1963-06-06) 6 June 1963 (age 58)
Sainte-Adresse, France
NationalityFrench
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
Playing career1981–1998
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
Coaching career1998–present
Career history
As player:
1981–1985Le Mans
1985–1986Caen
1986–1990ASVEL
1990–1994Le Mans
1994–1998Le Havre
As coach:
1998–2000Le Mans (assistant)
2000–2008Le Mans
2008–2010ASVEL
2011–2020Strasbourg IG
Career highlights and awards
As player
As head coach

Vincent Florent Antoine Collet (born 6 June 1963) is a French former professional basketball player and a current professional basketball coach. Currently, he is the head coach of the senior men's France national team.

Club playing career

Collet began his senior men's club career in the 1980–81 season, playing in the French 3rd-tier level league, the amateur level NM1, with AL Montivilliers. He then began his professional career, in the 1981–82 season, with Le Mans. With Le Mans, he won the French top-tier level LNB Pro A league championship, in 1982.

In total, he played 13 seasons in France's top-tier level LNB Pro A league, playing with Le Mans, Caen, and ASVEL. He then spent the last 4 seasons of his pro career, playing in France's 2nd-tier level league, the LNB Pro B, with Le Havre.

Club coaching career

Collet first became a basketball coach in 1998. He was the head coach of the French squad Le Mans, for eight years, between the 2000–01 and 2007–08 seasons, leading the team to a 2006 French League championship, and the French Cup title in 2004, as well as the French Leaders Cup title in 2006. While with the club, he was named the French League Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2004, before leaving the team in 2008.[1]

In the 2008–09 season, he promptly led ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne to the French League championship, their first since 2002. In the 2015–16 season, he coached French club Strasbourg IG to the 2016 EuroCup Finals, in which the team eventually lost to the Turkish Super League club Galatasaray. He also won his third LNB Pro A Coach of the Year award that season. After that season, Collet and Strasbourg decided to part ways, after his expired contract.[2]

After Strasbourg had a disappointing start to the 2016–17 season, they hired Collet again, on October 27, 2016.[3]

France national team coaching career

Collet was hired as the senior men's France national basketball team head coach, in March 2009, following a disappointing qualifying run towards the 2009 EuroBasket, that forced the team to qualify through the additional qualifying round.[4] After successfully leading the French national team through the additional qualifying round, as the 16th and final EuroBasket qualifier, he coached the French national team at a major tournament, for the first time, at the 2009 EuroBasket.[5] He led the team to a fifth-place finish, which was good enough to qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship, where he also coached France.

He led France to the silver medal, at the 2011 EuroBasket. He then coached France to the first gold medal of its history, at the 2013 EuroBasket, in Slovenia. He led France to the bronze medal at the 2014 FIBA World Cup. He then coached France to the bronze medal, at the 2015 EuroBasket. He was also the head coach of France at the 2017 EuroBasket.

He also coached France at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

In early 2020, Collet stated that he intends to continue as head coach of the French senior team.[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Basketball: France appoint Vincent Collet as national team coach". at en.olympic.cn
  2. ^ SIG Strasbourg, Vincent Collet part ways.
  3. ^ Collet returns at the helm as Strasbourg part ways with Dettmann.
  4. ^ "Basketball: France appoint Vincent Collet as national team coach". at en.olympic.cn
  5. ^ Team Profile at eurobasket2009.com
  6. ^ Julien Lesage (20 February 2020). "Basket : "Je veux continuer d'entraîner l'équipe de France", annonce Vincent Collet". Le Parisien (in French). Retrieved 12 October 2020.