Jure Zdovc

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Jure Zdovc
Jure Zdovc (2015).jpg
Zdovc with Slovenia before EuroBasket 2015
Petrol Olimpija
PositionHead coach
LeagueSlovenian League
ABA League
Personal information
Born (1966-12-13) December 13, 1966 (age 52)
Slovenske Konjice, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalitySlovenian
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1988 / Undrafted
Playing career1984–2003
PositionPoint guard
Coaching career2003–present
Career history
As player:
1984–1991Smelt Olimpija
1991–1992Knorr Bologna
1992–1993Limoges CSP
1993–1996Iraklis Thessaloniki
1997PSG Racing
1997–1998Tofaş
1998–2000Union Olimpija
2000–2001Panionios
2001–2002Union Olimpija
2002–2003Slovan
2003Split CO
As coach:
2003Krka (assistant)
2003–2004Split
2004Geoplin Slovan
2005–2006Iraklis Thessaloniki
2006–2007Union Olimpija (sports director)
2007–2008Bosna
2009Slovenia
2009–2011Union Olimpija
2011–2013Spartak Saint Petersburg
2013–2015Royal Halı Gaziantep
2014–2016Slovenia
2015–2017AEK
2017–2018Cedevita
2019–presentPetrol Olimpija
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As head coach:

Jurij "Jure" Zdovc (born 13 December 1966) is a Slovenian professional basketball coach and former basketball player. He has 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 CSP, Iraklis Thessaloniki, Helios Suns, PSG Racing, Panionios, Split CO and Geoplin Slovan.

Playing for Olimpija, Zdovc won two Slovenian league titles, three 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]

Clubs[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 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.[3] He was dismissed in March 2017 (after his team lost against Monaco).[4]

On 14 June 2017, he was named as the head coach of Cedevita Zagreb instead of Veljko Mršić.[5]He was sacked on 6 June 2018.[6]

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.[7]

Coaching record[edit]

Legend
G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the team played during the season. He also coached in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

EuroLeague[edit]

Team Year G W L W–L% Result
Krka 2003–04 6 1 5 .167 Eliminated in regular season
Union Olimpija 2008–09 3 1 2 .333 Eliminated in regular season
Union Olimpija 2009–10 10 1 9 .100 Eliminated in regular season
Lietuvos rytas 2010–11 16 7 9 .438 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
Career 35 10 25 .286

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