BIH Hand Reins To Ivanovic

22.01.2014

EUROBASKET 2015

Dusko Ivanovic, Caja Laboral, 2011-12
Dusko Ivanovic has been announced as the new head coach of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Basketball Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (KS BiH) announced on Wednesday the appointment of Dusko Ivanovic as the new head coach of their senior national team.

Ivanovic, who is famous for his temperamental coaching style as well as his great affection to opera and classical music, is widely credited with the explosion to stardom of Mirza Teletovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina's captain, when the duo coincided at high-flying Spanish club Laboral Kutxa Baskonia.

The 56-year-old Montenegrin had taken a sabbatical year after parting ways with Baskonia midway through the past season.

Ivanovic is no stranger to coaching at international level as he was in charge of the Swiss national team from 1997 to 2000.

His work there convinced Limoges to trust him with the reins in 1999, and Ivanovic steered the historical French club to a league and Korac Cup double within just one season at the helm.

The big step in the coaching career of the Montenegrin however came in 2000, when he arrived in Vitoria for his first spell at Baskonia.

Ivanovic spent five years at the Basque club, left for FC Barcelona in 2005 and returned in 2008.

In his 12 seasons of coaching the two storied Spanish sides, he conquered two ACB League titles (both with Baskonia) and four Copa del Rey trophies (three with Baskonia, one with Barcelona).

Aleksandar (Aco) Petrovic
 Ivanovic will replace Aleksandar (Aco) Petrovic

Ivanovic also led Vitoria into the Final of the Euroleague on two occasions, and his tenure became forever linked with the Basque side's consolidation among the European elite.

He has conquered the most coveted title in club basketball on two occasions but both as a player, when he was the captain of the legendary Yugoplastika Split.

Ivanovic replaces Aco Petrovic on the Bosnia and Herzegovina bench.

Petrovic took charge of the team in 2012 and led them to a triumphant 6-2 record in their EuroBasket Qualification Round campaign, however the Balkan nation failed to get out of their First Round Group at EuroBasket 2013.

Both KS BiH and Petrovic showed no intention of extending their collaboration agreement, which was was set to expire at the end of the calendar year, and in mid- December the Croatian legend was named head coach of Lithuanian club Lietuvos Rytas.

Bosnia and Herzegovina are one of the candidates for a wild card to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2014.

If their bid to play in the September tournament is not successful, they will join the 2nd Qualification Round in the summer and try to secure a place at EuroBasket 2015.

 


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