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Duško Vujošević (Serbian Cyrillic: Душко Вујошевић; born 3 March 1959) is a Montenegrin basketball coach. He currently serves as a head coach of U BT Cluj-Napoca of the Romanian League.

Duško Vujošević
Duško Vujošević.jpg
Vujošević in August 2011.
U BT Cluj-Napoca
PositionHead coach
LeagueRomanian League
Personal information
Born (1959-03-03) March 3, 1959 (age 60)
Titograd, PR Montenegro, FPR Yugoslavia
NationalityMontenegrin[1] / Serbian[1]
Coaching career1976–present
Career history
As coach:
1985–1986Partizan (assistant)
1986–1989Partizan
1989–1990Oximesa
1990–1991Partizan
1991–1992Crvena zvezda
1992–1995Brescia
1995–1997Olimpia Pistoia
1997–1998VL Pesaro
1999–2001Radnički Belgrade
2001–2010Partizan
2010CSKA Moscow
2012–2015Partizan
2016–2017Limoges
2017–2018Bosnia and Herzegovina
2019–presentU BT Cluj-Napoca
Career highlights and awards
As head coach:

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Early lifeEdit

Duško Vujošević was born in Titograd, PR Montenegro, FPR Yugoslavia. His parents are from Kuči (a region in Podgorica and historical tribe),[1] and the Vujošević are Orthodox Christian. Duško was only five years old when the family moved to Belgrade.[2][3]

Club coachingEdit

Vujošević began his coaching career as a 17-year-old, in 1976. Until 1982 he coached various junior teams in Partizan's youth system.

After that, he moved to OKK Beograd for one season and led the club's junior team to the Yugoslav title. The same year, he worked on the coaching staff of OKK Beograd's full squad.[4]

After completing the mandatory military service, Vujošević worked at Mladost Zemun for a year.

During summer 1985 he returned to Partizan organization, becoming assistant to the newly arrived head coach Vladislav Lučić.

PartizanEdit

In early 1986, midway through the 1985–86 season, Lučić got fired and his 26-year-old assistant Vujošević became the head coach on an interim basis. Taking over the squad where some of the players were older than him, young Vujošević set about stamping his authority on the team. Under his guidance Partizan finished out the league season in 5th spot with a 12-10 overall record, which wasn't enough to make the league playoffs, but qualified the club to play in the following season's FIBA Korać Cup.

1986–87: Winning the league right awayEdit

Over the summer 1986, Partizan management led by the club vice-president Dragan Kićanović initiated a major rebuilding effort with the arrival of 20-year-old small forward Žarko Paspalj from KK Budućnost and 18-year-old center Vlade Divac from Sloga Kraljevo who had already been playing for the national team. The head coach position was also looked at with several experienced names such as Vlade Đurović (fresh off winning the league with KK Zadar) being considered. However, in-demand Ðurović went to cross-town rivals Red Star, while Partizan decided to stay with its young head coach Vujošević thus making his interim job permanent.

Guided by Vujošević, the squad gelled well with talented youngsters being mentored by the more experienced roster players — Paspalj by Goran Grbović, Divac by Milenko Savović, and Đorđević by Željko Obradović. Partizan finished the regular league season in 2nd spot with an 18-4 record, behind defending European champion KK Cibona that amazingly went 22-0 without a single loss. In the playoffs, Partizan faced off against Boža Maljković-coached young KK Split (Jugoplastika) team at the semifinal stage, winning the best-of-three series 2-1. In the final, Partizan somewhat improbably met cross-town rivals Red Star after they managed to pull out an upset victory over powerhouse Cibona in the other semifinal series. Vujošević's team went ahead in the series, winning the opening game on its home court at Hala sportova. In game 2 on Red Star's home court at Hala Pionir, Partizan beat Vlade Ðurović's team again in a tense contest with many lead changes that was decided by Goran Grbović's three-pointer 23 seconds before the end that put crno-beli two points ahead and later Zoran Radović's failure to convert both free-throws. The game ended 88-89 and Partizan won the series 2-0 as well as the Yugoslav League title, its 4th overall and first for young head coach Vujošević who was only 28 years of age.

1987–88: Final Four runEdit

In the 1987–88 season, Vujošević took Partizan to the European Champions Cup Final Four in Ghent and finished third. In the following season, Vujošević led Partizan to the Korać Cup title and the Yugoslav Cup trophy.

Vujošević is a coach renowned for his work with young players. He was credited with producing a formidable generation of players who became famous worldwide after making their debut in Partizan (Divac, Paspalj, Danilović, Đorđević and others).

First time abroad: CD OximesaEdit

In the 1989–90 season, he was the head coach of the Spanish team CD Oximesa from Granada. The season was not a successful one after the club failed to make it to the champions group, and later on in the campaign even had to fight hard to avoid relegation.

Back in Partizan for a seasonEdit

After his poor season in Spain, Vujošević returned to Partizan during summer 1990 after only a year out of the club, succeeding Bora Ćorković as head coach. Boosted by the return of Žarko Paspalj following his unsuccessful NBA stint, Vujošević's team was looking to challenge for major trophies. However, it yet again finished second-best to KK Split despite the reigning European champion losing one of its main players Dino Rađa over the summer as well as being forced to hire new coach Željko Pavličević after Boža Maljković got lured away by Barcelona. After going 18-4 in the regular season (enough for 2nd place behind 19-3 Split), Partizan managed to defeat Cibona in the playoff semifinal series, but came up short again in the playoff finals versus Split that won the series 2-1.

Red Star BelgradeEdit

In the summer 1991, 32-year-old Vujošević took the head coaching offer from the cross-town rivals KK Crvena zvezda. He led his new team in the 1991–92 season to the playoffs finals where he met his old team KK Partizan led by debutante head coach and Vujošević's former player Željko Obradović. Having won the Euroleage title two months earlier, Partizan ended up winning the league championship contest as well.

ItalyEdit

From 1992 to 1998 Vujošević worked in Italy, coaching Brescia, Pistoia and Scavolini.

After returning from Italy, Vujošević joined the coaching staff of Budućnost as a consultant to head coach Muta Nikolić for the 1998–99 season. The following two seasons, from 1999 to 2001 he was the head coach of Radnički Beograd.

Partizan, CSKA and Partizan againEdit

Since his return to Partizan in 2001, he has won nine consecutive national championships (2002–2010), four cups (2002, 2008, 2009, 2010), and four consecutive Adriatic League titles (2007-2010), thus becoming the most successful coach in the club's history. Also, under his management Partizan made it to the Euroleague Final Four, in the 2009–10 Euroleague season.

He won the Alexander Gomelsky Coach of the Year award as the best Euroleague coach of the 2008–09 season.[5] On 25 June 2010, Vujošević signed three-year contract with Russian club CSKA Moscow. Only few months later, Vujošević and CSKA Moscow decided to part their ways after elimination in the first stage of Euroleague.[6][7]

On 25 June 2012, after two years of not working as head coach, Vujošević signed a long-term contract with Partizan Belgrade.[4]

On 8 September 2015, he parted ways with Partizan.[8]

Limoges CSPEdit

On 13 January 2016, Vujošević took over French club Limoges CSP.[9]

National team coachingEdit

SFR Yugoslavia youth teamsEdit

1988 European Championship for JuniorsEdit

As head coach of the Yugoslavia junior national team (players born in 1970), Vujošević won the 1988 European Championship for Juniors held on home soil in Titov Vrbas and Srbobran. Playing at home with a talented squad led by Predrag Danilović, Arijan Komazec, Žan Tabak, Rastko Cvetković, Oliver Popović, and Dževad Alihodžić, Yugoslavia won all of its games en route to the trophy.

1991 FIBA Under-19 World ChampionshipEdit

In summer 1991, Vujošević selected the Yugoslav U19 team for the World Under-19 Championship in Edmonton, Canada. With Veljko Mršić, Dejan Bodiroga, Dragan Tarlać, Borko Radović, Željko Rebrača, Teo Čizmić, and Željko Topalović on its roster, the team made it out of the initial group stage with a 2-1 record (winning over Soviet Union and Syria, but losing to Brazil).

At the next group stage Vujošević's Yugoslavia faced Italy (loss), Romania (win), and Spain (loss), finishing tied for the second spot with Spain with a 1-2 record, however, Yugoslavs advanced because of better basket difference thus qualifying for the semifinals.

In the semifinals, Yugoslavia faced the United States led by Lance Miller, Bryan Caver, Wesley Person, Khalid Reeves, Ed Stokes, and Antonio Lang, losing a close game 74-76.

In the 3rd place match versus Argentina featuring Jorge Racca, Gabriel Cocha Silva, Gabriel Diaz, Alejandro Montecchia, Carlos Simoni, Claudio Farabello, and Rubén Wolkowyski, Vujošević's team lost another close contest 71-74 thus finishing just out of the medals with an overall 3-5 record.

Serbia-MontenegroEdit

On 22 March 2003, Vujošević was announced as head coach of the Serbia and Montenegro national basketball team, reigning European and World champions, with the upcoming EuroBasket 2003 in Sweden being his first order of business.[10] Taking over for Svetislav Pešić and signing on for two years plus an optional third year with the Basketball Federation of Serbia and Montenegro (KSSCG),[10] Vujošević took the national team job in parallel with his head coaching duties at KK Partizan.

Due to many of the team's stars — most notably Dejan Bodiroga and Vlade Divac — taking the summer off from the national team, Vujošević turned to a mix of young prospects as well as players who had been on the national team fringes previously. The preparation stage for the competition was further marked by Vujošević's mid-August 2003 decision to kick thirty-one-year-old veteran center Dejan Koturović out of the team's training camp, reportedly due to lack of discipline.[11] The decision resulted in an immediate public row between the two.[12] The coach and the player soon made up publicly with Koturović being reinstated in the team and eventually even making the twelve-spot roster Vujošević took to the tournament. Six final roster spots were filled with national team debutantes at major competitions — eighteen-year-old Kosta Perović, twenty-one-year-old Vule Avdalović, twenty-four-year-old Ognjen Aškrabić, twenty-seven-year-old Đuro Ostojić, twenty-seven-year-old Dušan Vukčević, and twenty-nine-year-old Nebojša Bogavac.

At the EuroBasket 2003 in Sweden, Serbia-Montenegro experienced hard time getting into the quarterfinals where it lost to Lithuania. Finishing the tournament in sixth place was seen as disappointment.[13]

MontenegroEdit

In April 2007, Vujošević accepted the head coach position of the Montenegro national basketball team.

He stayed at the position until 20 November 2010 when he resigned, reportedly out of desire to focus solely on his head coaching job at CSKA Moscow.[14][15] Ironically, CSKA fired Vujošević only five days later.[16]

Bosnia and HerzegovinaEdit

In April 2017, he was named as the head coach of Bosnian national team.

Coaching recordEdit

Legend
G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the team played during the season. He also coached in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

EuroleagueEdit

Team Year G W L W–L% Result
Partizan 2001–02 12 6 8 .429 Eliminated in group play
2002–03 13 4 9 .308 Eliminated in group play
2003–04 14 6 8 .429 Eliminated in group play
2004–05 14 2 12 .143 Eliminated in group play
2005–06 14 2 12 .143 Eliminated in group play
2006–07 20 8 12 .400 Eliminated in Top 16 Stage
2007–08 23 11 12 .478 Lost in Quarterfinal Playoffs
2008–09 19 9 10 .474 Lost in Quarterfinal Playoffs
2009–10 22 11 11 .500 Lost in 3rd place game
CSKA Moscow 2010–11 6 1 5 .167 (fired)
Partizan 2012–13 10 2 8 .200 Eliminated in group play
2013–14 24 7 17 .292 Eliminated in Top 16 Stage
Career 191 69 122 .361

Personal lifeEdit

Vujošević suffers from diabetes, which has over the years caused the emergence of gangrene.[17] In September 2017, he had to amputate the fourth toe on his left foot due to gangrene.[18]

In May 2018, he was made an honorary citizen of Sarajevo for his extraordinary contribution to the development of sport and the affirmation of Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina.[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Duško Vujošević, košarkaški trener - Gerilac na vrhu Evrope" (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 2010-07-01. "Ja sam rođen u Jugoslaviji i što se tiče emocija, jedinu reprezentaciju koju bi sa punom emocijom trenirao je reprezentacija Jugoslavije. A ovo drugo, ja sam Crnogorac, državljanin Srbije, ali Crnogorac. Možda bi mi bilo draže da sam Apač, a ne iz plemena Kuča, ali niti se time ponosim, niti se toga stidim“.
  2. ^ Бити спреман, то је све;NIN, 4 June 2009
  3. ^ "Autor Partizanovog čuda". Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved 2010-09-13.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link); Standard magazin, 16 May 2008
  4. ^ a b "Partizan mt:s, coach Vujosevic reunite". Euroleague. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  5. ^ Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year: Dusko Vujosevic
  6. ^ "CSKA gets coaching master Vujosevic for three years". Euroleague. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  7. ^ "CSKA, coach Vujosevic part ways". Euroleague. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Vujošević no longer Partizan NIS head coach". Abaliga.com. 8 September 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2015.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Duško Vujošević novi trener Limoža". b92.net. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Vujošević novi kormilar "plavih"" (in Serbian). Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  11. ^ Koturović izbačen sa priprema, Vujošević zvao Ostojića;B92, 12 August 2003
  12. ^ Koturović za B92: Surova odluka Vujoševića;B92, 12 August 2003
  13. ^ "SCG - Grčka 64:72" (in Serbian). Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  14. ^ "Vujošević selektor Crne Gore". SrbijaSport (in Serbian). Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  15. ^ Nikolic, D. (20 November 2010). "Duško Vujošević dao otkaz na mesto selektora Crne Gore" (in Serbian). Blic. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  16. ^ "Duško Vujošević dobio otkaz i 4,5 miliona eura" (in Serbian). Sarajevo-X.com. 26 November 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  17. ^ Nikolić, Darko (6 September 2016). "NA DIJALIZI Dule Vujošević otvorio dušu: Košarka je najbolji lek, a meni je potrebna da bih preživeo!". blic.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  18. ^ Telgetija, Vladan (20 September 2017). "Vujošević za Blicsport: Odsekli su mi prst na nozi, doktorima sam zahvalan na brizi". blic.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Vujošević počasni građanin Sarajeva: Možda Beograd posthumno". b92.net. Retrieved 8 May 2018.

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