Partizan NIS Belgrade has appointed experienced coach Saso Filipovski to replace Vlado Scepanovic, the club announced on Thursday. The move comes after Scepanovic had led Partizan to a 2-3 record of the 7DAYS EuroCup, tied for the fourth and final Top 16 spot in in Group B with Umana Reyer Valencia. Filipovski, age 46, last coached in the EuroCup with AS Monaco during the 2018-19 season. He helped Monaco reach the French League finals and the 7DAYS EuroCup Top 16.
He had joined Monaco from Banvit Bandirma, where he spent two seasons and won the Turkish Cup in 2017. ¡
Filipovski started his coaching career with Union Olimpija Ljubljana of his native Slovenia, first as an assistant from 1998 to 2003, and then as the team's head coach from 2003 to 2005. As head coach, Filipovski won back-to-back Slovenian League titles in 2004 and 2005 as well as a Slovenian Cup crown in 2005. Filipovski went on to work for PGE Turow Zgorzelec, which he led to the EuroCup quarterfinals in 2008 and the Polish League finals in 2007 and 2008. He has also coached Lokomotiv Rostov of Russia, Virtus Rome of Italy and Stelmet Zielona Gora of Poland, the latter of which he led to back-to-back Polish League titles in 2015 and 2016. Filipovski also won a Polish Cup title with Zielona Gora in 2015 and worked briefly as CSKA Moscow's assistant coach.
All told, as a head coach, Filipovski has a 29-24 career record in the EuroCup and a 21-48 mark in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague.