Aleksandar Petrović (basketball)

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Aleksandar Aco Petrović
Aleksandar Petrovic by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg
Petrović coaching Lietuvos rytas in February 2014.
Personal information
Born (1959-02-16) February 16, 1959 (age 58)
Šibenik, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatian
Listed height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Listed weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Career information
Playing career 1979–1991
Position Point guard
Coaching career 1991–present
Career history
As player:
1979–1987 Cibona
1987–1988 Victoria Libertas
1988–1989 Cibona
1989–1990 Novi Zagreb
1990–1991 Racing Luxembourg
As coach:
1991–1995 Cibona
1995 Croatia
1995–1997 Sevilla
1997–1999 Cibona
1999–2001 Croatia
2001–2002 Włocławek
2004–2005 Lleida
2006 Scafati
2007–2008 Zadar
2010–2011 Cedevita
2012–2013 Bosnia and Herzegovina
2012–2013 Cedevita
2013–2014 Lietuvos rytas
2016–present Croatia
Career highlights and awards

As a head coach:

Aleksandar "Aco" Petrović (born February 16, 1959) is a Croatian former professional basketball player and basketball coach of the senior men's Croatian national basketball team. Petrović is also the older brother of the late professional basketball player Dražen Petrović.

Playing career[edit]

Petrović played as a shooting guard, and achieved prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The pro clubs he played for included: Šibenka, Cibona, Scavolini Pesaro, Novi Zagreb, and Racing Luxembourg. He was among the 105 player nominees for the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors list.

Coaching career[edit]

Petrović has coached the senior men's Croatian national team on three occasions, in 1995, when they finished third in the EuroBasket 1995, between 1999 and 2001, when they finished 7th in the EuroBasket 2001, and during Croatia's run to the Olympics in Rio 2016.

Between 1991 and 1995, Petrović started his club coaching career with Cibona. Between 1995 and 1997, he coached the Spanish ACB League club Caja San Fernando, before returning to Cibona for the 1997–98 season.

In the 2001–02 season, he went to Poland to coach Anwil Włocławek. In 2004, he was again in Spain with Caprabo Lleida. In 2006, he took over at the Italian League club Carifac Fabriano, before switching to Eurorida Scafati. In the 2007–08 season, he took over the Croatian club Zadar. He then became the head coach of Cedevita.

He was named the EuroCup Coach of the Year in 2011.[1]

In February 2012, he was appointed as the coach of Bosnia and Herzegovina's senior men's national basketball team.

After departure of Božidar Maljković, Petrović once again took charge over Cedevita on November 26, 2012.[2] After Cedevita was eliminated from the EuroLeague and the Croatian Cup, and left without any chance of qualifying for the ABA League Final Four, Petrović offered his resignation to the club, which was accepted on 3 March 2013.[3]

From March 23, 2016 Petrović coaches Croatia national team in third term.

Personal life[edit]

Petrović is the older brother of the late professional basketball player Dražen Petrović, who died in a car accident in 1993. Petrović's close cousin is Serbian former professional basketball player Dejan Bodiroga.[4]


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