Croatian champion Cedevita Zagreb announced Wednesday that former EuroCup Coach of the Year Jure Zdovc will be its next head coach. Zdovc, 50, arrives to the Croatian capital after coaching AEK Athens of Greece the past two seasons. Zdovc is familiar with success in the EuroCup; he coached Russian side Spartak St.Petersburg to a EuroCup finals appearance in 2012 and was voted EuroCup Coach of the Year that season. A former playing great, Zdovc lifting the EuroLeague trophy with Limoges in 1993 as a player, and won EuroBasket and World Championship titles with Yugoslavia. He started his coaching career in 2003 with Split in Croatia and has coached Bosna Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraklis Thessaloniki in Greece, Gaziantep in Turkey and Union Olimpija Ljubljana and Geoplin Slovan Ljubljana in his native Slovenia. He has also been Slovenian national team coach on two different occasions, too.
"I'm glad I came to this club, and it did not take me long to make my decision. In this business it is very important when someone wants to bring you, that is what I appreciate," Zdovc said. "Cedevita is a club that has been in the top echelon of European basketball in recent years. I would even say that the club is more valued internationally, abroad where I spent last few years, than it is at home. The other thing that motivates me is the ambition to reach the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague. Cedevita can reach EuroLeague either through the Adriatic League or through the 7DAYS EuruCup, and that fact was crucial in my decision to come here."