|02 February 2012|
|Marjan Lazovski has served as the U20 national team Head Coach as well as an assistant to both Jovica Arsic and Marin Dokuzovski |
There's a change at the top for FYR of Macedonia with Marjan Lazovski now coach of the national team.
Former boss Marin Dokuzovski decided not to continue in the job citing the need to concentrate on his club duties with Lukoil Academic in Bulgaria.
Dokuzovski guided the Balkan side to a surprise fourth-place finish at last year's EuroBasket in Lithuania, which meant they've automatically qualified for EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia.
Lazovski, 49, served as an assistant coach for FYR of Macedonia for five years.
While in that role, he helped Jovica Arsic at EuroBasket 2009 in Poland, and Dokuzovski in Lithuania.
The Federation has given him a two-year contract, just as it did for Arsic and Dokuzovski.
He will be in charge of the national team through EuroBasket 2013, no matter what they do in Venezuela at this summer's FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
"I hope I will be up to the task and to the expectations," Lazovski said.
"This is a great privilege and honor for me.
"It will be anything but easy due to the results that we made these past three to four years."
Lazovski led FYR of Macedonia from Division B to Division A when the 2006 U20 European Championship was held in Portugal.
Predrag Samardziski, Kiril Nikolovski, Darko Sokolov, Damjan and Vojdan Stojanovski and Aleksandar Kostovski were all members of that U20 side, and each played at the EuroBasket in Lithuania.
The new FYR of Macedonia boss has coached almost all major teams in the country and now is at the helm of the most decorated club, KK Rabotnicki.
Rabotnicki are struggling in the domestic league and not playing in regional or other European competitions due to budget limitations.
Lazovski has won the domestic cup on several occasions but never a league title.