Messina is widely regarded as one of the best European coaches. With the increasing number of European players entering the league, bringing coaches over as well was inevitable.
Messina is a four-time Euroleague Champion and a two-time Euroleague Coach of the Year. In 2008, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors. On top of all his Euroleague accomplishments, Messina has also been named the Italian League’s Best Coach on three separate occasions and served as the head coach of the men’s Italian National Team for four years.