Aleksandar Trifunović (basketball)

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Aleksandar Trifunović
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Trifunović coaching Crvena zvezda in February 2010.
Pınar Karşıyaka
Position Head coach
League Turkish Basketball Super League
Personal information
Born (1967-05-30) 30 May 1967 (age 50)
Belgrade, SR Serbia,
SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Career information
NBA draft 1989 / Undrafted
Playing career 1985–2001
Coaching career 2002–present
Career history
As player:
1985–1988 Crvena zvezda
1988–1991 Zadar
1991–1997 Crvena zvezda
1997–1998 Fribourg
1998–2000 Pogoń Ruda Śląska
2000–2001 Beopetrol
As coach:
2002–2003 Crvena zvezda
2003–2004 Crvena zvezda (assistant)
2004–2005 Crvena zvezda
2006–2008 Lietuvos rytas
2008–2009 Panionios
2009 Spartak Saint Petersburg
2009–2010 Crvena zvezda
2010–2011 Lietuvos rytas
2011–2012 Žalgiris
2013–2015 Astana
2016–2017 Yeşilgiresun Belediye
2017–present Pınar Karşıyaka
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As head coach:

Aleksandar Trifunović (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар Трифуновић; born 30 May 1967) is a Serbian professional basketball coach. He is currently the head coach of Pınar Karşıyaka.

Playing career[edit]

Trifunović began his pro career with Crvena zvezda before moving to KK Zadar where he played for 3 seasons under head coaches Dragan Šakota, Slavko Trninić, and Krešimir Ćosić.

He returned to Crvena zvezda in summer 1992, contributing greatly to the club's two back-to-back league titles.

Coaching career[edit]

Trifunović was the manager of the Serbian League club Crvena zvezda during the 2001–02 season.

Trifunović was the head coach of the Serbian club Crvena zvezda during the 2002–03 season and during the month of December during the 2004-05 season. He firmly established his head coaching career in Lithuania with the Lithuanian League club Lietuvos rytas in the years 2006–2008. Rytas club reached the ULEB Cup finals in the 2006–07 season and the Euroleague Top 16 stage in the 2007–08 season. He also won the Baltic League championship in 2007 with Rytas.

In the 2008 off-season he became the head coach of the Greek League club Panionios.[1]

In 2009, he became the head coach of the Russian Super League club Spartak Saint Petersburg.[2] He resigned from the club on November 10, 2009.[3]

On December 27, 2009, Trifa signed a new one and a half year contract with Crvena zvezda.[4] In October 2010, Trifunovic returned to Lietuvos rytas.[5] Despite a slow start, he led the team to the Euroleague Top16. However, a loss in the LKF cup and finishing only 3rd in the Baltic League led to Trifunovic parting ways with Rytas in April 2011.[6]

After starting the 2011–12 season without a team, Trifunovic shocked everyone when he became the head coach of BC Žalgiris, the archrival of Lietuvos Rytas.[7] Trifunovic led BC Žalgiris to the LKF cup, and also helped win the Baltic League and the Lithuanian League championships, beating Lietuvos rytas in the finals.[8]

In December, 2013, he became the head coach of BC Astana.[9] In February 2015, he was released by the club.[10]

On February 9, 2016, he was named the head coach of Yeşilgiresun Belediye of the Turkish Basketball Super League.[11] On August 11, 2016, he re-signed with Yeşilgiresun for one more season.[12]

On June 20, 2017, he was named as the head coach of Pınar Karşıyaka.[13]

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