Jurij "Jure" Zdovc (born 13 December 1966) is a Slovenian professional basketball coach and former basketball player. He has been the head coach of the senior men's Slovenian national basketball team. As a player, he was a 1.98 m (6'6") tall point guard, that began his professional playing career with the Slovenian League club Smelt Olimpija.
|Born||December 13, 1966|
Slovenske Konjice, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|NBA draft||1988 / Undrafted|
|2006–2007||Union Olimpija (sports director)|
|2011–2013||Spartak Saint Petersburg|
|2013–2015||Royal Halı Gaziantep|
|Career highlights and awards|
As head coach:
As a junior level player, Zdovc started to play for Comet Slovenske Konjice. He then played for Smelt Olimpija, Knorr Bologna, Limoges CSP, Iraklis Thessaloniki, Helios Suns, PSG Racing, Panionios, Split CO and Geoplin Slovan.
Playing for Olimpija, Zdovc won two Slovenian league titles, three Slovenian Cups and the 2002 Adriatic League.
Yugoslav national teamEdit
Zdovc started his basketball coaching career as the head coach of Split in 2003. He stayed the head coach of Split until 2004, leading the team to a 1st-place finish in the Croatian Cup. He also won the Bosnia and Herzegovina League championship with Bosna in 2008. In 2009, he won the Slovenian League championship with Union Olimpija. Zdovc also won the Slovenian Cup three times in a row with Union Olimpija, in 2009, 2010, and 2011. He was also the coach who led Union Olimpija to the top of European-wide distinction, to the Top-16 stage of the EuroLeague.
Slovenia national teamEdit
In 2009, Zdovc was named the head coach of the senior men's Slovenian national basketball team. He guided Slovenia to a 4th-place finish at the EuroBasket 2009. In 2014, Zdovc returned to coach Slovenia, after signing a three-year contract to coach the team.
|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.
|Krka||2003–04||6||1||5||.167||Eliminated in regular season|
|Union Olimpija||2008–09||3||1||2||.333||Eliminated in regular season|
|Union Olimpija||2009–10||10||1||9||.100||Eliminated in regular season|
|Lietuvos rytas||2010–11||16||7||9||.438||Eliminated in Top 16 stage|
- Basketball: Zdovc Returning to Helm of National Team.
- Eurocupbasketball.com 2011-12 Eurocup Coach of the Year: Jure Zdovc, Spartak St. Petersburg.
- Zdovc moves to AEK until 2018.
- AEK Athens, Jure Zdovc part ways
- KK Cedevita name Jure Zdovc head coach
- Razišli se Cedevita i Jure Zdovc
- Zdovc moves to Slovenian national basketball team.