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Zvi Sherf

Zvi Sherf
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Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Coach
Team Maccabi Ashdod
Biographical details
Born December 18, 1951 (age 62)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Playing career
1967-1970 Maccabi Tel Aviv
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1976-1978
1978-1980
1981-1983
1983-1987
1986-1987
1987-1988
1988-1989
1989-1990
1990-1992
1992
1992-1993
1993-1997
1993-1995
1995-1996
1996-1997
1997-1999
1999-2001
2001-2002
2002
2002-2003
2003-2005
2005-2009
2007-2008
2009-2011
2013-2014
2015-
Maccabi Darom Tel Aviv
Beitar Jerusalem
Hapoel Ramat Gan
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Israel national basketball team
Maccabi Elitzur Netanya
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Maccabi Rishon LeZion
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Hapoel Jerusalem
Aris BC
Israel national basketball team
Hapoel Tel Aviv
CSP Limoges
Maccabi Tel Aviv
PAOK Thessaloniki
Hapoel Jerusalem
Śląsk Wrocław
Makedonikos BC
Hapoel Galil-Elyon
MBC Dynamo Moscow
Israel national basketball team
Maccabi Tel Aviv
Spartak Saint Petersburg
Maccabi Rishon LeZion
Maccabi Ashdod

Zvi Sherf (Hebrew: צבי שרף‎, born December 18, 1951, Tel Aviv, Israel), known almost universally by his nickname Zvika (Hebrew: צביקה‎), is an Israeli basketball coach and former player.

Sherf played for the Maccabi Tel Aviv youth team, starting at age 12. By age 16, Sherf was playing for Maccabi South Tel Aviv (the club's second side), and was sent to a coaching course, along with fellow future basketball coach Pini Gershon. By age 20, Sherf was coaching the Maccabi Tel Aviv youth team, and by age 25 was coaching Maccabi South Tel Aviv, leading it to his first championship.

In the 1980/81 season—where Maccabi Tel Aviv won the European Championship, the Israeli League and the Israeli State Cup—Sherf was an assistant coach to Rudi D'Amico. Sherf became Maccabi Tel Aviv's head coach in 1983/84, staying through to the 1985/86 season (inclusive). In 1984 (at the age of 33), he became the Israeli national basketball team coach. His first national coaching tenure (which lasted three years) saw two Eurobasket appearances (1985, 1987) and Israel's historic 7th placing at the 1986 FIBA World Basketball Championship. Sherf's tenure as national coach ended after what was perceived as a poor performance at EuroBasket 1987 (11th position), but Sherf later returned as coach for the years 1991-97. In 2005, Sherf was again appointed coach of the Israeli national basketball team, and on January 1, 2008, was appointed head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Sherf's coaching career includes a Saporta Cup victory with Aris BC Thessaloniki (1992/93), and two Euroleague finals, 10 Israeli League Championships and six Israeli State Cups (all with Maccabi Tel Aviv).

European Titles

Israeli Titles

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