|24 December 2011|
|Luka Pavicevic steered Alba Berlin to a Bundesliga title and to the 2010 Eurocup final |
Roanne Basket boss Luka Pavicevic is to coach Montenegro and try to lead the side into EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia.
Pavicevic will be the national team's third coach after Dusko Vujosevic and Dejan Radonjic.
Radonjic's contract finished after EuroBasket 2011, where Montenegro were a disappointing 21st after just one win, against F.Y.R. of Macedonia, and losses to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece and Finland.
"This call is a huge recognition for me, a new step in my career, but also a huge challenge," said Pavicevic.
"Of course, despite this being a professional task, I must say that I took it very emotionally as I'm coming back to the place where I was born and started my career.
"I'll do my best to fulfill the KSCG's (Montenegrin Basketball Federation) goals."
Pavicevic's first task, he says, will be to form a coaching staff.
Qualifying for EuroBasket 2013 will be anything but easy since Montenegro will take on Serbia, Israel, Slovakia, Estonia and Iceland in Group A of the Qualification Round.
"Our main challenge is to qualify for the European Championship," Pavicevic said.
"We are in a tough group, but we'll do our best to be first or second in the final standings.
"That won't be an easy task, but that's our wish. I expect maximum effort from every member that will be included in our forthcoming action.
"Cooperation and effort - those are very important things for such high goals as we have."
As a player, Pavicevic started his career with Buducnost and later joined the great Jugoplastika Split who won three consecutive Euroleague titles. He also suited up for Cibona and Hapoel Ironi Nahariya.
Pavicevic began his coaching career in 2003 at OKK Beograd and after Atlas, another Belgrade club, he took charge of Hemofarm, guiding them to the Cup final of Serbia and Montenegro and semi-final of the ULEB cup.
With Panionios, he reached the semi-finals of the Greek championship, and in 2007 he took charge of Alba Berlin and steered the team to a German title and into two Euroleague campaigns, one of which included a trip to the Top 16.
His Alba side also made it to the Eurocup finals in 2010 where they lost to Valencia in the title game.
In 2011, he took gold with Serbia at Universiade in Shenzhen and in mid-November, was appointed coach of Roanne.
Pavicevic will be formally introduced as Montenegro coach on Thursday 29 December.