In the midst of euphoria in 2013 after hanging the gold european basketball Elisa Aguilar of the Spanish women’s team called her manager and told him: “It’s over. I’ve come this far. I’m hanging up my boots.” The decision became even more important because he had a contract with a club in Poland but at the age of 37 he decided it was time to take the next step. “During my 20 years of playing, I knew that an injury or a coach’s decision could make my professional career difficult. That’s why I always had the idea of ​​training in my mind. I always loved management and decided to prepare for it.”

He studied Economics at George Washington University and earned three master’s degrees in Sports Management. and on October 2, he was elected as the new president of the Spanish Basketball Federation. In February’s centenary, Elisa became the first woman to head the so-called ‘great’ Federation.

It was 33 years ago when Aguilar first entered the FEB or was associated with it, she was then 14 years old and the girl, who discovered basketball at the age of nine at the Amorós school, was called up by the student team in Pamplona. The year was 1990, and since then Elsa’s fate has run parallel to the fate of the national team and the Federation. This is an economist from Madrid With 222 appearances, he became the sixth player to have played for Spain the most. In addition to being one of the 14 Spaniards, she is also the fourth to play in the WNBA, notably after Amaya Valdemoro, Betty Cebrián and Marina Ferragut. Aguilar spent one season with the Utah Starzz.

overwhelming majority president

Elisa was almost unanimously declared president. 77 of the 79 council members who attended the Extraordinary Congress held in the Madrid hall of the Eurobuilding hotel in the capital cast positive votes and two voted blank. In the room was COE president Alejandro Blanco; Jorge Garbajosa, FEB senior staff and currently president of FIBA ​​Europe; ACB president Antonio Martin; ABP president Alfonso Reyes and Juan Fernández of the CSD Presidential Cabinet. All the living forces of Spanish basketball… and their surroundings. An unquestionable sign of the good health of the sport of basketball in Spain.

Aguilar boasts about running for president FEBRUARY“Not because I am a woman, but because I think I have a personal and professional background and can contribute a lot to the organization.” But he does not hide that he is “very excited to be the first person to head one of the biggest federations of Spanish sport.” “This is the first step of many to follow.”

Elisa was never afraid to leave her comfort zone. That’s the only way to explain that, after becoming a Queen’s Cup champion and League runner-up with Canoe as a child (making his debut at 16), he went to the United States to enroll at George Washington University. she played for three and a half years. The Spanish base became a recurring image in the pages of ‘The Washington Post’. There he became the star of the team and a reference for his teammates. He was Rookie of the Year and a college league All Star, finishing in the Top 20 with over 1,000 points and 300 assists.

After finishing his training, he returned to Spain, to Halcón Viajes in Salamanca, where he finished second in the Cup and won a bronze medal at the European Championships in France. The following year he packed his bags and headed to Caja Rural Canarias, where he had time to think about his next challenge. He returned to the United States, the best league in the world, in the summer of 2002. WNBAUtah as Starzz’s base. One season was enough for him and he was hired by Ros Casares Valencia, champions of the Spanish league; There he won every Spanish championship in nine years and played in two Euroleague Final Fours, but failed to win the title. .

In the summer of 2010, he decided to move closer home to Madrid and signed for Rivas Ecopolis, where he spent two seasons. From there he went to Moscow and registered with Spartak Moscow Region and completed his career there. He retired after winning the 2013 Eurobasket, the high point of his career, with five continental medals (gold, two silver and two bronze) and a world bronze.

Today, Aguilar is the 12th president of the FEB in the 100-year history of the Federation. He confirms that he is just like in the office in the field: “I was a foundation and I loved to look at the game in front of me, analyze it and look for the best option. As a president, I am an analytical person, I look for solutions to everything. I have the capacity for sacrifice and effort, generosity. . I’ve never been obsessed with the virtue of winning points, I continue the analogy, but if they give me the ball and I have to play, I won’t shy away from it. The way I am. “I like to compromise, I talk less and listen more.”