Valencia Basket hands reins to coach Perasovic

Jan 26, 2012 by Euroleague.net Print
Valencia Basket hands reins to coach Perasovic
Velimir PerasovicValencia Basket reached an agreement with head coach Velimir Perasovic to join the team for the remainder of the season, the club announced Thursday. Perasovic, 46, is expected to arrive in Valencia on Saturday and his first game on the bench will be next week at CEZ Nymburk. He arrives from Anadolu Efes, where he started the 2010-11 season before being fired in March. Perasovic had spent the two seasons before that with Cibona Zagreb. During his time with Cibona, Perasovic led the team to two Croatian League championships, one Croatian Cup and a pair of Adriatic League finals. In the Euroleague, Perasovic helped the team reach the Top 16 in both of his seasons there. Perasovic started his coaching career in Spain, where he led Tau Ceramica to the 2006 Euroleague Final Four in Prague. He also coached a season with Caja San Fernando of Sevilla and another with Estudiantes of Madrid. Perasovic was an accomplished scorer during his playing days, first with the great Jugoplastika Split dynasty, with whom he won three straight Euroleague titles between 1989 and 1991. He later spent four years at Tau and five at Fuenlabrada and scored 7,387 points - seventh overall in Spanish League history - in 354 games over 11 playing seasons in Spain before retiring. Perasovic now returns to Spain to try to help Valencia to win its third Eurocup title.