Duško Vujošević

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Duško Vujošević
Duško Vujošević.jpg
Vujošević while working as the head coach of the Montenegrin national team in 2011.
Partizan NIS Belgrade
Position Head Coach
League Serbian League
Adriatic League
Eurocup
Personal information
Born (1959-03-03) March 3, 1959 (age 55)
Titograd, FPR Yugoslavia
Nationality Yugoslav[1] / Montenegrin[1] / Serbian[1]
Career information
Coaching career 1986–present
Career history
As coach:
1985–1987 Partizan (assistant)
1987–1989 Partizan
1989–1990 Oximesa (Puleva)
1990–1991 Partizan
1991–1992 Crvena Zvezda
1992–1995 Brescia
1995–1997 Olimpia Pistoia (Madigan / Rolly)
1997–1998 VL Pesaro (Scavolini)
1999–2001 Radnički Belgrade
2001–2010 Partizan
2010 CSKA Moscow
2012–present Partizan
Career highlights and awards

As head coach:

Duško Vujošević (Serbian Cyrillic: Душко Вујошевић; born 3 March 1959) is a Montenegrin and Serbian[1] basketball coach, currently coaching Serbian team Partizan Belgrade, with which he has achieved his greatest results. On 30 September 2011 he became the president of JSD Partizan.

Early life[edit]

Duško Vujošević was born in Titograd, PR Montenegro, FPR Yugoslavia. His parents are from Kuči (a region in Podgorica and historical tribe),[1] and the Vujošević are Orthodox Christian. Duško was only five years old when the family moved to Belgrade.[2][3]

Club coaching[edit]

Vujošević began his coaching career as a 17-year old, in 1976. Until 1982 he coached various junior teams in Partizan's youth system.

After that, he moved to OKK Beograd for one season and led the club's junior team to the Yugoslav title. The same year, he worked on the coaching staff of OKK Beograd's full squad.[4]

After completing the mandatory military service, Vujošević worked at KK Mladost Zemun for a year.

During summer 1985 he returned to Partizan organization, becoming assistant to the newly arrived head coach Vladislav Lučić.

Partizan[edit]

In early 1986, midway through the 1985–86 season, Lučić got fired and his 26-year-old assistant Vujošević became the head coach on an interim basis. Taking over the squad where some of the players were older than him, young Vujošević set about stamping his authority on the team. Under his guidance Partizan finished out the league season in 5th spot with a 12-10 overall record, which wasn't enough to make the league playoffs, but qualified the club to play in the following season's FIBA Korac Cup.

1986–87: Winning the league right away[edit]

Over the summer 1986, Partizan management led by the club vice-president Dragan Kićanović initiated a major rebuilding effort with the arrival of 20-year-old small forward Žarko Paspalj from KK Budućnost and 18-year-old center Vlade Divac from Sloga Kraljevo who was already playing for the national team. The head coach position was also looked at with several experienced names such as Vlade Ðurović (fresh off winning the league with KK Zadar) being considered. However, in-demand Ðurović went to cross-town rivals Red Star, while Partizan decided to stay with its young head coach Vujošević thus making his interim job permanent.

Guided by Vujošević, the squad gelled well with talented youngsters being mentored by more experienced players — Paspalj by Goran Grbović, Divac by Milenko Savović, and Đorđević by Željko Obradović. Partizan finished the regular league season in 2nd spot with an 18-4 record, behind defending European champion KK Cibona that amazingly went 22-0 without a single loss. In the playoffs, Partizan faced off against Boža Maljković-coached young KK Split (Jugoplastika) team at the semifinal stage, winning the best-of-three series 2-1. In the final, Partizan somewhat improbably met cross-town rivals Red Star after they managed to pull out an upset victory over powerhouse Cibona in the other semifinal series. Vujošević's team went ahead in the series, winning the opening game on its home court at Hala sportova. In game 2 on Red Star's home court at Hala Pionir, Partizan beat Vlade Ðurović's team again in a tense contest with many lead changes that was decided by Goran Grbović's three-pointer 23 seconds before the end that put crno-beli two points ahead and later Zoran Radović's failure to convert both free-throws. The game ended 88-89 and Partizan won the series 2-0 as well as the Yugoslav League title, its 4th overall and first for young head coach Vujošević who was only 28 years of age.

1987–88: Final Four run[edit]

In the 1987–88 season, Vujošević took Partizan to the European Champions Cup Final Four in Ghent and finished third. In the following season, Vujošević led Partizan to the Korać Cup title and the Yugoslav Cup trophy.

Vujošević is a coach renowned for his work with young players. He was credited with producing a formidable generation of players who became famous worldwide after making their debut in Partizan (Divac, Paspalj, Danilović, Đorđević and others).

First time abroad: CD Oximesa[edit]

In the 1989–90 season, he was the head coach of the Spanish team CD Oximesa from Granada. The season was not a successful one after the club failed to make it to the champions group, and later on in the campaign even had to fight hard to avoid relegation.

Back in Partizan for a season[edit]

After his poor season in Spain, Vujošević returned to Partizan during summer 1990 after only a year out of the club, succeeding Bora Ćorković as head coach. Boosted by the return of Žarko Paspalj following his unsuccessful NBA stint, Vujošević's team was looking to challenge for major trophies. However, it yet again finished second-best to KK Split despite the reigning European champion losing one of its main players Dino Rađa over the summer as well as being forced to hire new coach Željko Pavličević after Boža Maljković got lured away by Barcelona. After going 18-4 in the regular season (enough for 2nd place behind 19-3 Split), Partizan managed to defeat Cibona in the playoff semifinal series, but came up short again in the playoff finals versus Split that won the series 2-1.

Red Star Belgrade[edit]

In the summer 1991, 32-year-old Vujošević took the head coaching offer from the cross-town rivals KK Crvena zvezda. He led his new team in the 1991–92 season to the playoffs finals where he met his old team KK Partizan led by debutante head coach and Vujošević's former player Željko Obradović. Having won the Euroleage title two months earlier, Partizan ended up winning the league championship contest as well.

Italy[edit]

From 1992 to 1998 Vujošević worked in Italy, coaching Brescia, Pistoia and Scavolini.

After returning from Italy, Vujošević joined the coaching staff of Budućnost as a consultant to head coach Muta Nikolić for the 1998–99 season. The following two seasons, from 1999 to 2001 he was the head coach of Radnički Beograd.

Partizan, CSKA and Partizan again[edit]

Since his return to Partizan in 2001, he has won nine consecutive national championships (2002–2010), four cups (2002, 2008, 2009, 2010), and four consecutive Adriatic League titles (2007-2010), thus becoming the most successful coach in the club's history. Also, under his management Partizan made it to the Euroleague Final Four, in the 2009–10 Euroleague season.

He won the Alexander Gomelsky Coach of the Year award as the best Euroleague coach of the 2008–09 season.[5] On 25 June 2010, Vujošević signed three-year contract with Russian club CSKA Moscow. Only few months later, Vujošević and CSKA Moscow decided to part their ways after elimination in the first stage of Euroleague.[6][7]

On 25 June 2012, after two years of not working as head coach, Vujošević signed a long-term contract with Partizan Belgrade.[8]

National team coaching[edit]

Youth teams[edit]

As head coach of the junior national team of Yugoslavia (players born in 1970), Vujošević won the 1988 European Under-18 Championship in Titov Vrbas and Srbobran. Playing on home soil with talented squad led by Predrag Danilović, Arijan Komazec, Žan Tabak, Rastko Cvetković, Oliver Popović, and Dževad Alihodžić, Yugoslavia won all of its games en route to the trophy.

In summer 1991, Vujošević led the Yugoslav team at the World Under-19 Championship in Edmonton, Canada. Led by Veljko Mršić, Dejan Bodiroga, Dragan Tarlać, Borko Radović, Željko Rebrača, Teo Čizmić, and Željko Topalović, the team made it out of the first group stage with a 2-1 record (winning over Soviet Union and Syria, but losing to Brazil). At the next group stage Vujošević's Yugoslavia faced Italy (loss), Romania (win), and Spain (loss), finishing tied for second spot with Spain with a 1-2 record, however Yugoslavs advanced because of better goal difference thus qualifying for the semifinals. At the semifinal stage Yugoslavia faced United States led by Lance Miller, Bryan Caver, Wesley Person, Khalid Reeves, Ed Stokes, and Antonio Lang, losing a close game 74-76. In the 3rd place match versus Argentina featuring Jorge Racca, Gabriel Cocha Silva, Gabriel Diaz, Alejandro Montecchia, Carlos Simoni, Claudio Farabello, and Rubén Wolkowyski, Vujošević's team lost another close contest 71-74 thus finishing just out of the medals with an overall 3-5 record.

Serbia-Montenegro[edit]

On March 22, 2003 Vujošević was named the Serbia and Montenegro national basketball team head coach with the upcoming EuroBasket 2003 in Sweden being his first order of business. Taking over the team that was reigning European and world champion was no easy task considering the previous successes under coach Svetislav Pešić.[9]

Due to many of the team's stars such as Dejan Bodiroga, Vlade Divac, etc. deciding to take the summer off, Vujošević was forced to turn to some players that have never previously played for the national team such as Ognjen Aškrabić, Kosta Perović, Đuro Ostojić, Vule Avdalović, Nebojša Bogavac, and Dušan Vukčević. The run up to the 2003 Eurobasket was also marked by Vujošević's row with center Dejan Koturović[10] although the two quickly made up publicly.

At the EuroBasket 2003 in Sweden, Serbia-Montenegro experienced hard time getting into the quarterfinals where it lost to Lithuania. Finishing the tournament in sixth place was seen as disappointment.[11]

Montenegro[edit]

In April 2007, Vujošević accepted the head coach position of the Montenegro national basketball team. He stayed at the position until November 20, 2010.[12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Duško Vujošević, košarkaški trener - Gerilac na vrhu Evrope" (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 2010-07-01. "Ja sam rođen u Jugoslaviji i što se tiče emocija, jedinu reprezentaciju koju bi sa punom emocijom trenirao je reprezentacija Jugoslavije. A ovo drugo, ja sam Crnogorac, državljanin Srbije, ali Crnogorac. Možda bi mi bilo draže da sam Apač, a ne iz plemena Kuča, ali niti se time ponosim, niti se toga stidim“. 
  2. ^ Бити спреман, то је све;NIN, 4 June 2009
  3. ^ Autor Partizanovog čuda;Standard magazin, 16 May 2008
  4. ^ Ostojic, Aca. "PARTIZAN mt:s, coach Vujosevic reunite". Euroleague. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year: Dusko Vujosevic
  6. ^ "CSKA gets coaching master Vujosevic for three years". Euroleague. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "CSKA, coach Vujosevic part ways". Euroleague. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Partizan mt:s, coach Vujosevic reunite". Euroleague. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Vujošević novi kormilar "plavih"" (in Serbian). Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Koturović izbačen sa priprema, Vujošević zvao Ostojića;B92, 12 August 2003
  11. ^ "SCG - Grčka 64:72" (in Serbian). Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Vujošević selektor Crne Gore". SrbijaSport (in Serbian). Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  13. ^ Nikolic, D. "Duško Vujošević dao otkaz na mesto selektora Crne Gore". Blic (in Serbian). Retrieved 2 July 2012. 

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