Jure Zdovc

Jurij "Jure" Zdovc (born 13 December 1966) is a Slovenian professional basketball coach and former player.[1] 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. He is the current head coach of Levallois Metropolitans of the LNB Pro A.

Jure Zdovc
Jure Zdovc (2015).jpg
Zdovc with Slovenia before EuroBasket 2015
Levallois Metropolitans
PositionHead coach
LeagueLNB Pro A
Personal information
Born (1966-12-13) December 13, 1966 (age 53)
Slovenske Konjice, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1988 / Undrafted
Playing career1984–2003
PositionPoint guard
Coaching career2003–present
Career history
As player:
1984–1991Smelt Olimpija
1991–1992Knorr Bologna
1993–1996Iraklis Thessaloniki
1997PSG Racing
1998–2000Union Olimpija
2001–2002Union Olimpija
2003Split CO
As coach:
2003Krka (assistant)
2004Geoplin Slovan
2005–2006Iraklis Thessaloniki
2009–2011Union Olimpija
2011–2013Spartak Saint Petersburg
2013–2015Royal Halı Gaziantep
2019Petrol Olimpija
2020–presentLevallois Metropolitans
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As head coach:

In 2012, Zdovc received the EuroCup Coach of the Year award, while with Spartak Saint Petersburg.

Playing careerEdit

Club careerEdit

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.

In 1993, he won the EuroLeague and the French League championship, while playing for Limoges. In 1997, as a Paris Racing player, he won the French League championship.

Yugoslav national teamEdit

Zdovc was a member of the senior Yugoslavia National Squads that won the gold medals at the 1989 and 1991 EuroBaskets. He also won the gold medal at the 1990 FIBA World Championship.

Coaching careerEdit


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.

Zdovc was named the EuroCup Coach of the Year in 2012.[2]

On 20 December 2015, he signed a three-year contract with the Greek club AEK.[3] He was dismissed in March 2017 (after his team lost against Monaco).[4]

On 14 June 2017, he was named as the head coach of Cedevita Zagreb instead of Veljko Mršić.[5]He was sacked on 6 June 2018.[6]

On May 7, 2020, he has signed with Levallois Metropolitans of the LNB Pro A.[7]

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.[8]

Coaching recordEdit

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.


Team Year G W L W–L% Result
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
Union Olimpija 2010–11 16 7 9 .438 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
Career 35 10 25 .286


  1. ^ Basketball: Zdovc Returning to Helm of National Team.
  2. ^ Eurocupbasketball.com 2011-12 Eurocup Coach of the Year: Jure Zdovc, Spartak St. Petersburg.
  3. ^ Zdovc moves to AEK until 2018.
  4. ^ AEK Athens, Jure Zdovc part ways
  5. ^ KK Cedevita name Jure Zdovc head coach
  6. ^ Razišli se Cedevita i Jure Zdovc
  7. ^ "Jure Zdovc is officially the new head coach of Metropolitans 92". Sportando. 7 May 2020. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  8. ^ Zdovc moves to Slovenian national basketball team.

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