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
Died1 December 2014(2014-12-01) (aged 55)
Belgrade, Serbia
NationalitySerbian
Coaching career1993–2013
Career history
As coach:
1993–1997Radnički Belgrade
1997–1998Crvena zvezda (assistant)
1998–2001FMP Železnik
2000–2002FR Yugoslavia (assistant)
2003–2004Hemofarm
2004–2007Lokomotiv Rostov
2007–2009UNICS
2009–2010Serbia (assistant)
2009Crvena zvezda
2010Žalgiris
2011FMP
2011Azovmash
2012–2013UNICS
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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ацо Петровић тренер Звезде
  2. ^ ФМП сменио тренера, Ацо Петровић уместо Ђокића[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Петрович возглавил УНИКС
  4. ^ Žalgiris hires Aco Petrovic as head coach[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Žalgiris axes coach Aco Petrović[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Coach Aco Petrovic leaves Azovmash Mariupol
  7. ^ "Basketball coach Aleksandar 'Aco' Petrovic dies". InSerbia. December 3, 2014. Retrieved December 3, 2014.