Joan Plaza Durán (born 26 December 1963) is a Spanish professional basketball coach, who currently serves as head coach of Zenit St-Peterburg of the VTB United League. He trained Real Madrid Baloncesto for three years, winning one Liga ACB championship, and an ULEB Cup (now called EuroCup) title. In 2009, after a bad season, he was replaced in Real Madrid, by CSKA Moscow's successful coach, Ettore Messina.
|Zenit Saint Petersburg|
|Born||26 December 1963|
|2000–2005||Joventut Badalona (assistant)|
|2005–2006||Real Madrid (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|As head coach|
Joan Plaza began his career with the basketball school founded by him and his brothers, EB Betsaida. At the same time, he worked for the women's team EB Santísima Trinitat, as well as the small club CB Sant Adriá. In 1995, he at last became a new coach of Joventut de Badalona, where he worked as the youth and assistant trainer, until 2004. His greatest achievement was in the 2000–01 season, when his team won the Spanish Under-20 championship.
In the summer of 2004, following the wishes of the new coach Božidar Maljković, Plaza switched to Real Madrid. When the Serbian coach left after a disappointing season, Plaza assumed the position of head coach.
In the following season, Real Madrid won their first thirteen Liga ACB games in a row, giving Plaza a new record for a coach in his first season. The team also won the European-wide ULEB Cup (now called EuroCup) competition, and he was named the AEEB Coach of the Year.
In the 2007–08 season, Real Madrid signed Greek star Lazaros Papadopoulos, who failed to perform well during the whole season. The team lost in the first round of the Liga ACB playoffs, and didn't reach the EuroLeague Final Four for the 12th consecutive year. Madrid's 2008–09 season's team was reformed, but failed once again to reach the EuroLeague Final Four, or to perform well in the Spanish Cup. After losing in the Liga ACB playoffs' second round to TAU Cerámica, Plaza was sacked, and he was replaced by the 4 time EuroLeague champion head coach, Ettore Messina, on June 18. The following day, he signed a one-year contract with the Spanish club Cajasol Sevilla.
|G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win-loss %|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the team played during the season. He also coached in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
|Real Madrid||2007–08||20||14||6||.700||Eliminated in Top 16 stage|
|Real Madrid||2008–09||20||12||8||.600||Eliminated in quarterfinals|
|Žalgiris||2012–13||24||14||10||.583||Eliminated in Top 16 stage|
|Unicaja||2013–14||24||11||13||.583||Eliminated in Top 16 stage|
|Unicaja||2014–15||24||8||16||.333||Eliminated in Top 16 stage|
|Unicaja||2015–16||24||11||13||.458||Eliminated in Top 16 stage|
|Unicaja||2017–18||30||13||17||.333||Eliminated in regular season|
- Real Madrid
- Žalgiris Kaunas