Jure Zdovc

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Jure Zdovc
Jure Zdovc (2015).jpg
Zdovc with Slovenia before EuroBasket 2015
Personal information
Born (1966-12-13) December 13, 1966 (age 50)
Slovenske Konjice, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Slovenian
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Career information
NBA draft 1988 / Undrafted
Playing career 1983–2003
Position Point guard
Coaching career 2003–present
Career history
As player:
1983–1991 Smelt Olimpija
1991–1992 Knorr Virtus Bologna
1992–1993 Limoges
1993–1996 Iraklis
1997 Racing Paris
1997–1998 Tofaş
1998–2000 Union Olimpija
2000–2001 Panionios
2001–2002 Union Olimpija
2002–2003 Slovan
2003 Split
As coach:
2003 Krka (Assistant)
2003–2004 Split
2004 Geoplin Slovan
2005–2006 Iraklis
2006–2007 Union Olimpija (Sports Director)
2007–2008 Bosna Sarajevo
2009 Slovenia
2009–2011 Union Olimpija
2011–2013 Spartak Saint Petersburg
2013–2015 Royal Halı Gaziantep
2014–2016 Slovenia
2015–2017 AEK Athens
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As head coach:

Jurij "Jure" Zdovc (born 13 December 1966) is a Slovenian former professional basketball player and a basketball coach. He has also been the head coach of the senior men's Slovenian national basketball team.[1] As a player, he was a 1.98 m (6'6") tall point guard, that began his professional playing career with the Slovenian League club Smelt Olimpija.

In 2012, Zdovc received the EuroCup Coach of the Year award, while with Spartak Saint Petersburg.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

As a junior level player, Zdovc started to play for Comet Slovenske Konjice. He then played for Smelt Olimpija, Knorr Bologna, Limoges, Iraklis, Helios Domžale, Racing Paris, Panionios, Split and Geoplin Slovan.

Playing for Union Olimpija, Jure Zdovc won 2 Slovenian league titles, 3 Slovenian Cups and the 2002 Adriatic League.

In 1993, he won the EuroLeague and the French League championship, while playing for Limoges. In 1997, as a Paris Racing player, he won the French League championship.

Yugoslav national team[edit]

Zdovc was a member of the senior Yugoslavia National Squads that won the gold medals at the 1989 and 1991 EuroBaskets. He also won the gold medal at the 1990 FIBA World Championship.

Coaching career[edit]


Zdovc started his basketball coaching career as the head coach of Split in 2003. He stayed the head coach of Split until 2004, leading the team to a 1st-place finish in the Croatian Cup. He also won the Bosnia and Herzegovina League championship with Bosna Royal in 2008. In 2009, he won the Slovenian League championship with Union Olimpija. Zdovc also won the Slovenian Cup three times in a row with Union Olimpija, in 2009, 2010, and 2011. He was also the coach who led Union Olimpija to the top of European-wide distinction, to the Top-16 stage of the EuroLeague.

Zdovc was named the EuroCup Coach of the Year in 2012.[2]

On 20 December 2015, he signed a three-year contract with the Greek club AEK Athens.[3] He was dismissed in March 2017 (after his team lost against Monaco).

Slovenia national team[edit]

In 2009, Zdovc was named the head coach of the senior men's Slovenian national basketball team. He guided Slovenia to a 4th place finish at the EuroBasket 2009. In 2014, Zdovc returned to coach Slovenia, after signing a three-year contract to coach the team.[4]

Honors and titles[edit]

Playing career[edit]

Some of the honors Zdovc won as a senior player are:

Coaching career[edit]

Some of the honors Zdovc won as a head coach are:


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