Aco Petrović (basketball)

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Aleksandar Petrović
Aco Petrovic by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg
Petrović coaching Žalgiris in 2010.
Personal information
Born (1959-10-14)14 October 1959
Požega, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
Died 1 December 2014(2014-12-01) (aged 55)
Belgrade, Serbia
Nationality Serbian
Coaching career 1993–2013
Career history
As coach:
1993–1997 Radnički Belgrade
1997–1998 Crvena zvezda (assistant)
1998–2001 FMP Železnik
2000–2002 FR Yugoslavia (assistant)
2003–2004 Hemofarm
2004–2007 Lokomotiv Rostov
2007–2009 UNICS
2009–2010 Serbia (assistant)
2009 Crvena zvezda
2010 Žalgiris
2011 FMP
2011 Azovmash
2012–2013 UNICS
Career highlights and awards

Aleksandar "Aco" Petrović (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар Петровић; 14 October 1959 – 1 December 2014) was a Serbian basketball coach.

Career[edit]

Petrović started his coaching career in Radnički Belgrade, where he spent four years. After that, he was assistant coach of the Crvena zvezda and won the 1997–98 Yugoslavia championship.[1] He also led the FMP Železnik[2] and Hemofarm Vršac from domestic clubs.

The first foreign engagement was in Russia in the team Lokomotiv Rostov, and with them he came to the final of 2005 FIBA Europe Conference North. Also, Petrović has led more than foreign clubs UNICS,[3] Žalgiris[4][5] and Azovmash.[6]

National team[edit]

Petrović was an assistant coach of Svetislav Pešić in the national team of Yugoslavia, with whom he won gold at the 2001 European Championships in Turkey and, a year later, at the World Championships in Indianapolis. He also has a silver medal from the 2009 European Championships in Poland when he was in the coaching staff of Dušan Ivković.

Illness and death[edit]

During his work at the club UNICS it was detected the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Petović stopped coaching after that. Last UNICS game led by him was against his former club Crvena zvezda in the 2012–13 Eurocup. He died on 1 December 2014 at the age of 55.[7]

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