Neven Spahija

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Neven Spahija
Neven Spahija Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C. EuroLeague 20180320 (cropped).jpg
Spahija coaching Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2018
Memphis Grizzlies
PositionAssistant coach
Personal information
Born (1962-11-06) 6 November 1962 (age 57)
Šibenik, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
Coaching career1986–present
Career history
As coach:
1986–1987Elemes Šibenik (assistant)
1994–1996Zrinjevac (assistant)
1996–1997Gradine Pula
1999–2000Union Olimpija (assistant)
2001–2003Krka Novo Mesto
2003Avtodor Saratov
2004–2005Roseto Sharks
2005–2006Lietuvos rytas
2006–2007Maccabi Tel Aviv
2007–2008Tau Cerámica
2010–2012Fenerbahçe Ülker
20142017Atlanta Hawks (assistant)
2017–2018Maccabi Tel Aviv
2019–presentMemphis Grizzlies (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As a head coach:

Neven Spahija (born 6 November 1962) is a Croatian professional basketball coach, who works as the assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Coaching career[edit]


Spahija started his basketball coaching career with Gradine Pula from Croatia, and Olimpija Ljubljana from Slovenia, working as an assistant coach. He started his head coaching career with Cibona from Croatia, where he won his first League championship in 2001. He then worked with Krka Novo Mesto from Slovenia, Avtodor Saratov from Russia, Lietuvos rytas from Lithuania, Maccabi Tel Aviv from Israel, Baskonia and Valencia from Spain.

From 2010 to 2012, he was the head coach of the Turkish club Fenerbahçe Ülker[1]. In June 2013, he was named the head coach of Cibona Zagreb, for the next four years.[2] In November 2013, he parted ways with Cibona.[3]

On 4 August 2014, Spahija was hired by the Atlanta Hawks, to be their assistant coach.[4]

On 26 June 2017, Spahija returned to Maccabi Tel Aviv for a second stint, signing a 2+1-year contract. [5] In the 2017–18 season, Spahija led Maccabi to win the 2018 Israeli League Championship.

On 18 November 2018, Spahija parted ways with Maccabi after four consecutive losses and a 1–6 start to the 2018–19 EuroLeague Season.[6]

National teams[edit]

Spahija also led the senior Croatian national team, from 2001 to 2005, and he coached them at the EuroBasket 2003 and the EuroBasket 2005.

Coaching record[edit]

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.


Team Year G W L W–L% Result
Cibona Zagreb 2000–01 12 3 9 .250 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
2001–02 6 2 4 .333 Fired
Krka 2001–02 5 4 1 .800 Eliminated in regular season
Lietuvos rytas 2005–06 20 11 9 .550 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
Maccabi Tel Aviv 2006–07 23 13 10 .565 Eliminated in quarterfinals
Tau Cerámica 2007–08 25 16 9 .640 Lost in 3rd place game
Fenerbahçe Ülker 2010–11 16 10 6 .625 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
2011–12 16 8 8 .500 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
Maccabi Tel Aviv 2017–18 30 13 17 .433 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
2018–19 7 1 6 .143 Fired
Career 160 81 79 .523

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