Jurij "Jure" Zdovc (born 13 December 1966) is a Slovenian former professional basketball player and coach for Žalgiris Kaunas of the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL) and the EuroLeague.[1] As a player, he was a 1.98 m (6'6") tall point guard, who began his professional playing career with the Yugoslav Second Division club Smelt Olimpija.

Jure Zdovc
Jure Zdovc (2015).jpg
Zdovc with Slovenia, in 2015.
Personal information
Born (1966-12-13) 13 December 1966 (age 55)
Slovenske Konjice, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalitySlovenian
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1988 / Undrafted
Playing career1984–2003
PositionPoint guard
Coaching career1997–present
Career history
As player:
1984–1991Smelt Olimpija
1991–1992Knorr Bologna
1992–1993Limoges
1993–1996Iraklis Thessaloniki
1997PSG Racing
1997Tofaş
1998–2000Union Olimpija
2000–2001Panionios
2001–2002Union Olimpija
2002–2003Slovan
2003Split CO
As coach:
1997–1998Comet Slovenske Konjice (assistant)
2003Krka (assistant)
2003–2004Split
2004Geoplin Slovan
2005–2006Iraklis Thessaloniki
2007–2008Bosna
2008–2011Union Olimpija
2008–2009Slovenia
2011–2013Spartak Saint Petersburg
2014–2015Slovenia
2013–2015Royal Halı Gaziantep
2014–2016Slovenia
2015–2017AEK
2017–2018Cedevita
2019–2020Petrol Olimpija
2020–2021Metropolitans 92
2021–2022Žalgiris Kaunas
Career highlights and awards
As player

As head coach

FIBA Hall of Fame as player

During his playing career, he was a two-time member of the FIBA European Selection, in the years 1990 and 1991, and a FIBA EuroStar selection, in 1996. He also represented both the senior Yugoslav national team, and the senior Slovenian national team. He was inducted into the Slovenian Athletes Hall of Fame in 2015.

As a basketball coach, Zdovc received the EuroCup Coach of the Year award in 2012, while he was the head coach of the Russian club Spartak Saint Petersburg.

Playing careerEdit

Club careerEdit

As a junior level player, Zdovc began his playing career with Comet Slovenske Konjice. He also played with the junior teams of Smelt Olimpija. During his senior men's pro club career, he played with the following teams: the senior men's team of Smelt Olimpija, Knorr Bologna, Limoges CSP, Iraklis Thessaloniki, Helios Suns, PSG Racing, Tofaş, Panionios Athens, Geoplin Slovan, and Split CO.

With the French club Limoges CSP, Zdovc won the EuroLeague's 1992–93 season championship, and he was voted to the EuroLeague All-Final Four Team. He also won the French League's 1992–93 season championship, while playing with Limoges. In 1997, as a Paris Racing player, he also won the French League championship.

While playing with Union Olimpija, Zdovc won two Slovenian Premier League championships, and three Slovenian Cups. With the same club, he also won the 2001–02 season's championship of the Adriatic League, and he was voted the 2002 Adriatic League Final Four MVP. With Split Croatia, he won the 2003 Croatian Premier League championship.

Yugoslav national teamEdit

Zdovc was a member of the senior Yugoslavia National Squad.[2] With Yugoslavia, he won the silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics.[3][4] As a member of Yugoslavia's national selection, he also won gold medals at the 1989 EuroBasket, the 1990 FIBA World Championship, and the 1991 EuroBasket.

Slovenian national teamEdit

As a member of the senior Slovenian national team, Zdovc played at the following major FIBA international tournaments: the 1992 FIBA European Olympic Qualifying Tournament,[5] the 1993 EuroBasket, the 1995 EuroBasket, the 1997 EuroBasket, and the 1999 EuroBasket.[6]

Coaching careerEdit

ClubsEdit

Zdovc first worked as a basketball coach in the 1997–98 season, with Comet Slovenske Konjice, where he worked as an assistant. That was still during his active playing career, but during a time in which he was not playing, due to a long-term injury that he suffered while he was playing with the Turkish Super League club Tofaş. After he retired from playing professional club basketball in 2003, Zdovc started his full-time basketball coaching career as the head coach of the Croatian Premier League club Split Croatia. He stayed the head coach of Split Croatia until 2004, and led the team to a first-place finish in the Croatian Cup. In the 2006–07 season, he was the sports director of Union Olimpija.

Zdovc also won the Bosnia and Herzegovina League championship with Bosna in 2008. In 2009, he won the Slovenian Premier League championship with Union Olimpija. Zdovc also won the Slovenian Cup title three times in a row with Union Olimpija, in the years 2009, 2010, and 2011. He also led Union Olimpija to the top Top-16 stage of the EuroLeague's 2010–11 season.

Zdovc was named the EuroCup Coach of the Year in 2012.[7] On 20 December 2015, he signed a three-year contract with the Greek Basket League club club AEK Athens.[8] He was dismissed in the role by AEK Athens, in March 2017, after his team lost a 2016–17 FIBA Champions League game against the French Pro A League club AS Monaco.[9]

On 14 June 2017, Zdovc was named as the head coach of the Croatian club Cedevita Zagreb, as he replaced Veljko Mršić in that role.[10] He was later sacked by the club on 6 June 2018.[11]

On 7 May 2020, Zdovc signed on to be the head coach of the Metropolitans 92 of the French LNB Pro A.[12] Zdovc worked with Žalgiris Kaunas in the 2021-2022 season, though had a very tumultuous season, resigning in April. With Žalgiris, Zdovc won the 2022 King Mindaugas Cup.

National teamsEdit

In 2009, Zdovc was named the head coach of the senior men's Slovenian national team. He guided Slovenia to a fourth-place finish at the 2009 EuroBasket. In 2014, Zdovc returned to coach Slovenia, after signing a three-year contract to coach the team.[13] He coached Slovenia at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, and the 2015 EuroBasket.

Head 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

[14]

Team Year G W L W–L% Result
Union Olimpija 2008–09 2 0 2 .000 Eliminated in regular season
2009–10 10 1 9 .100 Eliminated in regular season
2010–11 16 7 9 .438 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
Žalgiris Kaunas 2021–22 28 8 20 .286 Eliminated in regular season
Career 56 16 40 .286

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Basketball: Zdovc Returning to Helm of National Team.
  2. ^ DIVAC, ZDOVC RECALL A GREAT BUT TRAGIC ERA.
  3. ^ Jure Zdovc - The Golden Slovenian>.
  4. ^ 101 Greats: Jure Zdovc.
  5. ^ Jure ZDOVC.
  6. ^ Jurij ZDOVC (SLO).
  7. ^ Eurocupbasketball.com 2011-12 Eurocup Coach of the Year: Jure Zdovc, Spartak St. Petersburg.
  8. ^ Zdovc moves to AEK until 2018.
  9. ^ AEK Athens, Jure Zdovc part ways.
  10. ^ KK Cedevita name Jure Zdovc head coach.
  11. ^ Razišli se Cedevita i Jure Zdovc.
  12. ^ "Jure Zdovc is officially the new head coach of Metropolitans 92". Sportando. 7 May 2020. Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  13. ^ Zdovc moves to Slovenian national basketball team.
  14. ^ ZDOVC, JURE Career Record EuroLeague.

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