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Aleš Pipan (born 24 May 1959) is a Slovenian basketball coach and former basketball player, who last coached KK Zadar in the Croatian League and Adriatic League.[1][2]

Aleš Pipan
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Personal information
Born (1959-05-24) May 24, 1959 (age 60)
Ljubljana, PR Slovenia, PFR Yugoslavia
PositionHead coach
Career history
1997–2000Zlatorog Laško
2003–2005Zlatorog Laško
2008–2011Zlatorog Laško
2012–2013MZT Skopje
2013–2015Union Olimpija
2015MZT Skopje
2015–2018Zlatorog Laško
Career highlights and awards


Coaching careerEdit

Pipan coached Slovenia at the EuroBasket 2005, 2006 FIBA World Championship and EuroBasket 2007 until resignation in 2008, when Slovenia didn't make through additional qualifications for 2008 Summer Olympics. Before that, he was present in Slovenian national team as coach assistant since 1998.

Pipan came to Zlatorog Laško in 1996 and establish them as one of Slovenian best basketball clubs, especially known as club which works very well with young players. He led the club into Saporta Cup in 1997 and 1998. 1999 took them to the quarter finals where they had to yield to the famous Aris, but earned them right to play the EuroLeague next year.In those two seasons in Saporta Cup he afirmated two national team players on international scene, Sani Bečirovič and Goran Jurak. Next season (1999–2000) was first year that two Slovenian clubs played Euroleague, but in domestic competition Pipan reached two finals but failed to collect any trophy, as some key players as Boštjan Nachbar and Mileta Lisica were struggling with injuries.

In 2000, he took over Krka,and he led them in Suproleague, EuroLeague in 2001/02, domestic competitions and first edition of Adriatic League until he was replaced with Neven Spahija in December 2001.He was first Slovenian coach to beat teams like Panathinaikos B.C. and Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C..

After brief episode in small club Zagorje he returned to Pivovarna Laško in 2003–04 season, where he won Slovenian cup and lost in final of domestic league to Olimpija. After another year with Pivovarna Laško he took over Slovan from Ljubljana in season 2005–06, where he lost another final of domestic league to Olimpija in best of five series in 2006, but impress with affirmation of some young players in the Adriatic League (especially Goran Dragić ) and better result than his everlasting oppnonent Olimpija in that competition. One season later he resigned in the middle of season.

Pipan took Anwil in January 2007. After two months of working with the team he won with Anwil Włocławek Polish Cup (2007) beating the Euroleague team Prokom Trefl Sopot in the final. He finished 2006–07 season at the fourth place, losing 3-4 in the semi-final against Prokom Trefl Sopot. In revenge he beat Prokom Trefl Sopot again in the Super-Cup game that opened 2007–08 season in Poland.

In the 2009, he returned to his former club, now known under new name Zlatorog (formerly Pivovarna laško). After two years he took over KK Zadar in Croatian league and qualify with them for Adriatic basketball league. In October 2012 he took over MZT Skopje and won the Macedonian championship.

Pipan has become well known for promoting, developing and coaching some young players like Goran Jurak, Sani Bečirovič, Boštjan Nachbar, Nebojša Joksimović, Aleksander Ćapin, Jaka Lakovič, Goran Dragić, Hasan Rizvić, Emir Preldžič, Mirza Begić, Gašper Vidmar, Jaka Klobučar, Damjan Stojanovski and many more.

On 28 June 2018 he was named the head coach of KK Zadar of the Croatian League and Adriatic League, but after just four months, he was sacked by club on 23 October 2018 after poor results.[3]


Head coachEdit

Head coaching career with national teamsEdit


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  3. ^ "Pipan više nije trener Zadra". (in Croatian). 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018.