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Aleksandar Trifunović (basketball)

Aleksandar Trifunović (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар Трифуновић; born 30 May 1967) is a Serbian professional basketball coach and former player. Currently, he serves as a head coach for Igokea of the Adriatic League

Aleksandar Trifunović
Trifa1 by Boban Kasalovic.jpg
Trifunović coaching Crvena zvezda in February 2010.
Igokea
PositionHead coach
LeagueAdriatic League
Personal information
Born (1967-05-30) 30 May 1967 (age 52)
Belgrade, SR Serbia,
SFR Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian
Listed height201 cm (6 ft 7 in)
Career information
NBA draft1989 / Undrafted
Playing career1986–2001
PositionShooting guard
Number12
Coaching career2002–present
Career history
As player:
1986–1988Crvena zvezda
1988–1991Zadar
1991–1997Crvena zvezda
1997–1998Fribourg
1998–2000Pogoń Ruda Śląska
2000–2001Beopetrol
As coach:
2002–2003Crvena zvezda
2003–2004Crvena zvezda (assistant)
2004–2005Crvena zvezda
2006–2008Lietuvos rytas
2008–2009Panionios
2009Spartak Saint Petersburg
2009–2010Crvena zvezda
2010–2011Lietuvos rytas
2011–2012Žalgiris
2013–2015Astana
2016–2017Yeşilgiresun Belediye
2017–2018Pınar Karşıyaka
2019–presentIgokea
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As head coach:

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Playing careerEdit

Trifunović began his pro career with Crvena zvezda before moving to KK Zadar where he played for 3 seasons under head coaches Dragan Šakota, Slavko Trninić, and Krešimir Ćosić.

He returned to Crvena zvezda in summer 1991, contributing greatly to the club's two back-to-back league titles.

Coaching careerEdit

Trifunović was the manager of the Serbian League club Crvena zvezda during the 2001–02 season.

Trifunović was the head coach for the Serbian club Crvena zvezda during the 2002–03 season and during the month of December during the 2004-05 season. He firmly established his head coaching career in Lithuania with the Lithuanian League club Lietuvos rytas in the years 2006–2008. Rytas club reached the ULEB Cup finals in the 2006–07 season and the EuroLeague Top 16 stage in the 2007–08 season. He also won the Baltic League championship in 2007 for Rytas.

In the 2008 off-season he became the head coach of the Greek League club Panionios.[1]

In 2009, he became the head coach of the Russian Super League club Spartak Saint Petersburg.[2] He resigned from the club on November 10, 2009.[3]

On December 27, 2009, Trifa signed a new one and a half year contract with Crvena zvezda.[4] In October 2010, Trifunovic returned to Lietuvos rytas.[5] Despite a slow start, he led the team to the Euroleague Top16. However, a loss in the LKF cup and finishing only 3rd in the Baltic League led to Trifunovic parting ways with Rytas in April 2011.[6]

After starting the 2011–12 season without a team, Trifunovic shocked everyone when he became the head coach of BC Žalgiris, the archrival of Lietuvos Rytas.[7] Trifunovic led BC Žalgiris to the LKF cup, and also helped win the Baltic League and the Lithuanian League championships, beating Lietuvos rytas in the finals.[8]

In December, 2013, he became the head coach of BC Astana.[9] In February 2015, he was released by the club.[10]

On February 9, 2016, he was named the head coach of Yeşilgiresun Belediye of the Turkish Basketball Super League.[11] On August 11, 2016, he re-signed with Yeşilgiresun for one more season.[12]

On June 20, 2017, he was named as the head coach of Pınar Karşıyaka.[13] In June 2019, he signed for Bosnian club Igokea.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

His son Uroš (born 2000) is a basketball player.[15]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Panionios hires Trifunovic as coach
  2. ^ Spartak St. Petersburg lands coach Trifunovic
  3. ^ Trifunovic leaves the bench of Spartak
  4. ^ Trifunovic, new Crvena Zvezda boss
  5. ^ L. Rytas brings back Trifunovic
  6. ^ Rastali se Trifunović i Lijetuvos ritas
  7. ^ Zalgiris tabs Trifunovic for bench
  8. ^ Zalgiris Sweep Lietuvos Rytas
  9. ^ BC Astana name Aleksandar Trifunovic head coach
  10. ^ BC Astana fires coach Aleksandar Trifunovic
  11. ^ Yesilgiresun name Aleksandar Trifunovic head coach
  12. ^ Coach Aleksandar Trifunovic extends his deal with Yesilgiresun
  13. ^ Aleksandar Trifunovic named Pinar Karsiyaka head coach
  14. ^ "Aleksandar Trifunović novi trener Igokee". novosti.rs. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
  15. ^ "Uroš Trifunović zaigrao za Karšijaku". basketballsphere.com. Retrieved 14 July 2018.

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