Eddie Casiano

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Eddie Casiano
Eddie Casiano.jpg
Casiano in 2017
Puerto Rico national basketball team
Position Head coach
Personal information
Born (1972-09-20) September 20, 1972 (age 45)
Manhattan, New York
Nationality Puerto Rican
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Lawrence North (Indianapolis, Indiana)
Playing career 1988–2008
Position Point guard
Number 5
Coaching career 2009–present
Career history
As player:
1988–2000 Atléticos de San Germán
2001–2006 Leones de Ponce
2007–2008 Indios de Mayagüez
As coach:
2009–2015 Indios de Mayagüez
2011–2015 Halcones Rojos Veracruz
2016 Cangrejeros de Santurce
2016–2018 Santeros de Aguada
2016–present Puerto Rico
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

  • BSN champion (2012)
  • 2× BSN Coach of the Year (2009, 2012)
  • LNBP champion (2012, 2014)

Eddie Casiano Ojeda (born September 20, 1972) is a Puerto Rican former professional basketball player and current head coach for the Puerto Rican national team.

He was born in Manhattan, New York, but raised in Puerto Rico. Casiano played for the Atléticos de San Germán, Leones de Ponce, and Indios de Mayagüez in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional in a career spanning from 1988 to 2008. Casiano was also a member of the Puerto Rican national basketball team, including been part of the 2004 team that defeated the United States at the 2004 Olympic Games in Greece.[1]

Casiano was an integral part of the San Germán team that won three championships during the 1990s. After being traded to Ponce, Casiano won two more championships with them. After retiring from basketball, Casiano became head coach of the Indios de Mayagüez in 2009. In 2012, he led his team to its first championship in history.[2]

In 2016, Casiano was selected as coach of the Puerto Rico national basketball team.[3][4]

Early years and education[edit]

Eddie Casiano was born in Manhattan, New York City to Puerto Rican parents. At the age of 7, he moved to the island with his mother Carmen Ojeda. After establishing in Bayamón, Casiano started practicing basketball with the support of his mother and grandparents.[3]

Casiano went to Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis and was teammates with North Carolina standout Eric Montross.[5]

Career as a player[edit]

Casiano started his career as a BSN player with the San German Athletics in 1988, alongside José Ortiz and Nelson Quiñones. Casiano and Quiñones were teenagers at the time (fifteen and seventeen, respectively) and hadn't finished high school yet. During his first years, Casiano was kept mostly on the bench and his contributions were minimal.

In 1991, with the departures of Bobby Ríos and Ernesto Malcolm from San Germán, Casiano and Quiñones became starters with 18 and 20 years respectively. Because of their age at the time, the team was nicknamed by the media as Los Nenes de San German (San German's Boys). Their sharpshooting style led the team to three championships during the 1990s (1991, 1994, 1997). During this time, Casiano also participated in his first Olympic Games, joining Ortiz as a member of the Puerto Rican National Basketball Team.

After the 2000 season, Casiano was traded to the Leones de Ponce along with Bobby Joe Hatton and Carlos Cortés. As a member of the Leones, Casiano won two more championships (2002 and 2004).

Casiano spent the last two years of his career with the Indios de Mayagüez, retiring in 2008 after 20 years of career.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from the BSN, Casiano became the head coach of the Indios de Mayagüez. He led the team to their first championship in 2011. Casiano also served as head coach in the Mexican professional basketball league.[2]

In March 2016, Casiano joined the coaching team of the Cangrejeros de Santurce. He served as assistant to then head coach Julio Toro.[6]

Player statistics[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Puerto Rico 92, USA 73". Usabasketball.com. Archived from the original on November 1, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Rosa, Carlos (June 9, 2013). "Casiano y Quiñones: eternos nenes". El Nuevo Día. 
  3. ^ a b Rosa, Carlos (April 7, 2016). "Incrédulo aún Eddie Casiano". El Nuevo Día. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ Fuentes, Christian (April 5, 2016). "Eddie Casiano, dirigente de Puerto Rico". Metro.pr. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Eric Montross recuerda a Eddie Casiano". Primera Hora. November 22, 2010. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 
  6. ^ Fuentes, Christian (March 30, 2016). "De espera en Santurce Casiano". Metro.pr. Retrieved April 7, 2016. 

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