Slobodan Kovač

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Slobodan Kovač
Slobodan Kovač - Sir Safety Umbria Volley 2013-2014.jpg
Personal information
Full name Slobodan Kovač
Born (1967-09-13) September 13, 1967 (age 49)
Veliko Gradište, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Hometown Serbia
Height 200 cm (6 ft 7 in)
Coaching information
Current team Sir Safety Perugia
Previous teams coached
Years Teams
Radnički Kragujevac
Sir Safety Perugia
Sir Safety Perugia
Halkbank Ankara

Slobodan Kovač (born September 13, 1967 in Veliko Gradište) is a Serbian former volleyball player and current coach. In 2014, he was signed as the head coach of the Iran men's national team[1] until the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.[2] But, he was sacked after 2015 World Cup and replaced with Raúl Lucio Lozano. Previously competing for Yugoslavia he won a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and won his first gold medal with the Yugoslav team at Sydney at the 2000 Summer Olympics at the age of 33.[3] Kovač is 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) in height.

In 2010-2014 and again in 2015-2016, he was coach of SIR Safety Perugia, reaching two times the final of Superlega, Italy's top level club championship. Kovač in 2016 officially became the new coach of Halkbank Ankara, after the club parted ways with the Italian coach Camillo Placi to 2017.[4] He in the same year elected was as head coach Slovenia.[5]



Club Country From To
VGSK Veliko Gradište  Yugoslavia 1983 1985
Kolubara  Yugoslavia 1985 1988
Vojvodina  Yugoslavia 1988 1992
Volley Jòia  Italy 1992 1993
Aris Salonique  Greece 1993 1994
Volley Lube  Italy 1994 1999
Martina Franca Volley  Italy 1999 2002
Pallavolo Agnone  Italy 2002 2003
GFC Ajaccio  France 2003 2004
Pegah Urmia  Iran 2004 2005
Azarpayam Urmia  Iran 2005 2006


Team Country From To
Radnički Kragujevac  Serbia 2008 2010
Sir Safety Perugia  Italy 2010 2014
Iran's National Team  Iran 2014 2015
Sir Safety Perugia  Italy 2015 2016
Halkbank Ankara  Turkey 2016 -
Slovenia  Slovenia 2017 -
At 2014 Volleyball World League


As a player[edit]



As a manager[edit]

Radnički Kragujevac

Sir Safety Perugia

Iran men


  • 3 Serbian manager of the year: 2008, 2009, 2010
  • 2 Italian manager of the year: 2013, 2014[6]


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Argentina Julio Velasco
Head coach of Iran
Succeeded by
Argentina Raúl Lozano