Aleksandar Petrović (basketball)
Petrović coaching Lietuvos rytas in February 2014
February 16, 1959 |
Šibenik, PR Croatia,
|Listed height||1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Listed weight||86 kg (190 lb)|
|2012–2013||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|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 who is currently coaching the senior men's Brazilian national team. Petrović is also the older brother of the late professional basketball player Dražen Petrović.
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.
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.
After departure of Božidar Maljković, Petrović once again took charge over Cedevita on November 26, 2012. 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.
On March 23, 2016 Petrović was named as the coach of Croatia national team in third term.
Aleksandar Petrović was born in Šibenik in family of Biserka Petrović (née Mikulandra and born in 1941), who is from village of Bilice near Šibenik, and Jovan Petrović, who was born in Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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.
He was training on basket ground in your street Preradovićeva in hometown Šibenik, where was training retired professional basketball player and coach Neven Spahija, Aleksandar's late brother Dražen and ever many players, who aren't professional players. Aleksandar and Drazen are well famous croatian basketball players. He is in a relationship from 1985, with Jadranka Petrović, and he has daughter Lina.
- Eurocupbasketball.com 2010-11 Eurocup Coach of the Year: Aleksandar Petrovic, Cedevita Zagreb.
- Prišljin, Josip. "Aleksandar Petrović nasljeđuje Božidara Maljkovića u Cedeviti". Sportnet.hr. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
- Korać, Branimir. "Aco Petrović podnio ostavku nakon poraza od Partizana i ispadanja iz igre za Final Four". Sportnet.hr. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
- SLUŽBENO Aco Petrović više nije izbornik naših košarkaša! (in Croatian)
- BIVŠI HRVATSKI IZBORNIK PREUZEO REPREZENTACIJU BRAZILA Aco Petrović vodi Selecao prema Kini i Japanu: 'Sve je prošlo OK' (in Croatian)
- Dražen Petrović i Dejan Bodiroga – bliski rođaci.