Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana announced on Friday signing its head coach Jurica Golemac to a contract extension, which will keep Golemac on the club's bench for at least the next two seasons. Cedevita Olimpija and its head coach agreed to stay together until the end of the 2022-23 season, with an option for another year. Golemac, 43, arrived at Cedevita Olimpija's bench in January 2020, after spending a little over two years as head of bench of a fellow Slovenian side Primorska Koper. Before that, Golemac has also served as a head coach with Tajfun Sentjur in Slovenia, and as an assistant with Cibona Zagreb of his native Croatia and with the national team of Georgia. This extension comes during Goelmac's debut head coaching season in the 7DAYS EuroCup, where he has guided Cedevita Olimpija to 10 wins in 14 games, and the team currently holds second place with a 3-1 record in Group G of the Top 16.
"We are extremely happy that we reached an agreement to continue collaboration with Jurica, as he has proven that he is one of the most talented young head coaches in Europe", Cedevita Olimpija sports director Sani Becirovic said. "The results of the teams he led so far speak for themselves, and he has shown his knowledge also on the bench of Cedevita Olimpija. Although this 2020-21 season is very specific, all the players bought into his system, and in each game, on and off the floor, we see that players breathe for each other."
Golemac is a former player who played with his current club, then called Union Olimpija at the turn of the century. During almost a two-decade-long professional career he also wore the uniform of Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Cibona, Panathinaikos Athens, making 72 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague appearances with those clubs, and has been with ALBA Berlin, Panellinios Athens and Hapoel Jerusalem, playing a total of 30 EuroCup games, helping ALBA to the 2010 EuroCup Finals.