List of KK Crvena zvezda head coaches
KK Crvena zvezda is a men's professional basketball club based in Belgrade, Serbia. Crvena zvezda is a part of the Adriatic Basketball Association and compete in the ABA League, EuroCup and in the Basketball League of Serbia. The team play domestic home matches in the Aleksandar Nikolić Hall, and the EuroLeague or EuroCup home matches in Štark Arena. The current head coach is Milan Tomić, a Serbian-Greek coach and former player. He has been the head coach since July 2018.
There have been 38 head coaches in the club's history. Montenegrin coach Dejan Radonjić is the all-time leader in both regular season games coached and wins. Nebojša Popović won 10 National Championships, while Radonjić won 3 National Cups and he is the only head coach who won multiple Cup tournaments. Radonjić and Bratislav Đorđević won both a National Championship and a National Cup. Also, Crvena zvezda won 3 Adriatic Championships under Radonjić. Coach Aleksandar Nikolić won the only European-wide competition in the club's history, the FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup in 1974.
Nikolić and Ranko Žeravica are members of FIBA Hall of Fame as coaches, while Nikolić is a member of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. American coach Tom Ludwig, hired in 1997, was the first foreign head coach, and the only non-European. Montenegrin Radonjić and Slovenian Zmago Sagadin were the other foreign head coaches. Head coaches Vladislav Lučić and Aleksandar Trifunović were hired three times.
Head coaches Popović, Aleksandar Gec, Milan Bjegojević, Đorđe Andrijašević, Nikolić, Nemanja Đurić, Strahinja Alagić, Dragiša Vučinić, Zoran Slavnić, Lučić, Stevan Karadžić, Trifunović and Milenko Topić were also Crvena zvezda's players. Popović and Vučinić were player-coaches, while Popović, Bjegojević and Topić won the National Championships both as the players and head coaches.
|#||Number of coaches|
|Elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach|
|*||Elected into the FIBA Hall of Fame|
Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2018–19 season.
|1||Nebojša Popović*||FPR Yugoslavia||1946–1957||184||155||29||.842||10× Yugoslav champion|
|2||Aleksandar Gec||FPR Yugoslavia||1958–1959||37||24||13||.649||None|
|3||Milan Bjegojević||FPR Yugoslavia||1960–1970||242||142||100||.587||Yugoslav champion|
|4||Đorđe Andrijašević||SFR Yugoslavia||1970–1971||26||19||7||.731||Yugoslav Cup winner|
|5||Bratislav Đorđević||SFR Yugoslavia||1971–1973||78||56||22||.718||Yugoslav champion
Yugoslav Cup winner
|6||Aleksandar Nikolić||SFR Yugoslavia||1973–1974||41||29||12||.707||FIBA European Cup Winner's Cup winner|
|7||Nemanja Đurić||SFR Yugoslavia||1974–1976||50||Yugoslav Cup winner|
|8||Strahinja Alagić||SFR Yugoslavia||1976||20||None|
|–||Bratislav Đorđević||SFR Yugoslavia||1976–1979||70||None|
|9||Dragiša Vučinić||SFR Yugoslavia||1979||7||None|
|10||Mile Protić||SFR Yugoslavia||1979||8||None|
|11||Ranko Žeravica*||SFR Yugoslavia||1979–1986||265||160||105||.604||None|
|12||Vlade Đurović||SFR Yugoslavia||1986–1988||72||42||30||.583||None|
|13||Zoran Slavnić||SFR Yugoslavia||1988–1991||111||64||47||.577||None|
|14||Duško Vujošević||SFR Yugoslavia||1991–1992||32||20||12||.625||None|
|15||Vladislav Lučić||FR Yugoslavia||1992–1994||99||2× Yugoslav champion|
|16||Veselin Matić||FR Yugoslavia||1994||2||None|
|–||Zoran Slavnić||FR Yugoslavia||1994–1995||32||None|
|17||Mihailo Uvalin||FR Yugoslavia||1995||1||None|
|18||Borislav Džaković||FR Yugoslavia||1995–1996||45||27||18||.600||None|
|19||Mihailo Pavićević||FR Yugoslavia||1996–1997||33||14||19||.424||None|
|–||Ranko Žeravica*||FR Yugoslavia||1997||10||10||0||1.000||None|
|20||Tom Ludwig||United States||1997||16||None|||
|–||Vladislav Lučić||FR Yugoslavia||1997–1998||28||None|||
|–||Mihailo Pavićević||FR Yugoslavia||1998||5||4||1||.800||Yugoslav champion|||
|–||Borislav Džaković||FR Yugoslavia||1998||9||None|||
|21||Jovica Antonić||FR Yugoslavia||1998–1999||37||None|||
|22||Momir Milatović||FR Yugoslavia||1999||4||None|||
|–||Vladislav Lučić||FR Yugoslavia||1999–2000||21||None|||
|23||Stevan Karadžić||FR Yugoslavia||2000–2001||40||None|||
|24||Miroslav Nikolić||FR Yugoslavia||2001||9||None|
|25||Zoran Krečković||FR Yugoslavia||2001–2002||8||None|
|–||Miroslav Nikolić||FR Yugoslavia||2002||20||None|
|26||Aleksandar Trifunović||FR Yugoslavia||2002–2003||52||36||16||.692||None|||
|27||Zmago Sagadin||Slovenia||2003–2004||65||41||24||.631||Serbian Cup winner|||
|–||Aleksandar Trifunović||Serbia and Montenegro||2004–2005||50||30||20||.600||None|
|28||Dragan Šakota||Serbia and Montenegro||2005–2007||102||63||39||.618||Serbian Cup winner|||
|34||Vlada Vukoičić||Serbia||2012–2013||44||31||13||.705||Serbian Cup winner|||
|35||Dejan Radonjić||Montenegro||2013–2017||326||239||87||.733||3× Serbian champion
3× Serbian Cup winner
3× Adriatic champion
|37||Milenko Topić||Serbia||2018||10||10||0||1.000||Serbian champion|||
|38||Milan Tomić||Serbia / Greece||2018–present||68||54||14||.794||Adriatic champion
ABA Supercup winner
Coaches with more than 100 games coachedEdit
|Ranko Žeravica*||1979–1986; 1997|
|Bratislav Đorđević||1971–1973; 1976–1979|
|Vladislav Lučić||1992–1994; 1997–1998; 1999–2000|
|Zoran Slavnić||1988–1991; 1994–1995|
|Aleksandar Trifunović||2002–2003; 2004–2005; 2009–2010|
|Stevan Karadžić||2000–2001; 2007–2008|
|Svetislav Pešić||2008–2009; 2011–2012|
- Ludwig got fired in 1997 after one of the losses. His firing came before the Korać Cup round-of-32 return leg at home against Mens Sana Siena in which Red Star was chasing a 9 point deficit from the first game. The return game was played in Novi Sad because Pionir Hall was busy with something else and, led by newly arrived head coach Lučić, Red Star ended up winning by 18 points and thus overcoming the deficit and moving on to the Korać Cup round-of-16.
- In an unprecedented move, Lučić was fired in the early morning hours of 7 May 1998 after the game 2 loss to FMP Železnik during the ongoing YUBA League playoff finals. The series score was tied at 1-1 at the time of his firing. Red Star went on to win the series by winning next two games versus Železnik with returning head coach Pavićević at the helm and thus become the champion of FR Yugoslavia.
- Pavićević got fired 27 September 1998, two days following a 66-69 home loss on September 25 to Cibona in EuroLeague. He got replaced by his assistant Bora Džaković.
- Džaković got fired on 3 November 1998 after getting eliminated from the Yugoslav Cup on November 1. He didn't fare much better in EuroLeague as the club had a 0-5 record at the time of his firing.
- Antonić and Red Star part company on 10 October 1999. The club sat well in domestic league (two wins out of two games), but fared poorly in EuroLeague.
- Milatović got fired on 8 November 1999 following a crushing defeat to FMP Železnik in the Yugoslav Cup. In total, his head coaching stay at the club was less than a month.
- Lučić resigned as head coach in early February 2000 after six consecutive losses in a row (2 in EuroLeague, and 4 in YUBA League). He then temporarily decided to stay after talking to club president Vojislav Stojaković. Finally, on 22 February 2000 it was decided that Lučić would stay with the club in managerial capacity while his assistant Stevan Karadžić took over as head coach.
- Karadžić got fired on 7 February 2001 following a Saporta Cup round-of-16 return leg incident in Antwerp versus Telindus RB Antwerpen where the players of two teams got into an infamous on-court brawl. Domestically, the club was in complete disarray, facing a relegation threat.
- First time coach Trifunović performed the role only formally while all coaching decisions were made by sporting director Zmago Sagadin.
- Sagadin got fired November 2, 2004 following a crushing defeat to KK Partizan in week 9 of the 2004–05 ABA Goodyear League.
- Šakota and Red Star parted ways on 4 March 2007 following a series of losses in the Adriatic League, elimination from the domestic Cup, and quarter-final elimination from ULEB Cup. Šakota resigned wanting to be let out of his contract and the club accommodated him. His assistant Stevan Karadžić took over the main bench role.
- Karadžić resigned on 18 April 2008, one day before the club's game against eternal rivals KK Partizan. He cited "poor situation in the club" as the reason for his decision to leave.
- Aco Petrović resigned his post on 23 December 2009 due to difficult financial and organizational situation at the club. Aleksandar Trifunović was brought in as replacement. link link
- Mihailo Uvalin got fired mid-March 2011. His firing came on the heels of various manifestations of disarray in the club such as the players' strike due to unpaid wages and fan protests. link
- Milivoje Lazić got fired on 4 October 2012 after two consecutive losses in the first two games at the start of the 2012–13 ABA League. He was replaced with Vlada Vukoičić. link
- "Vlada Vukoičić preuzeo Zvezdu". mozzartsport.com (in Serbian). Večernje Novosti. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
- "Zvezda potvrdila: Radonjić novi trener!". mondo.rs (in Serbian). April 15, 2013. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
- "Zvezda finds new coach in Alimpijevic". euroleague.net. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
- "NASLEDIO RADONJIĆA Čović: Alimpijević novi trener Zvezde!". sport.blic.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 8 October 2017.
- "NOVI ZVEZDIN TRENER Ko je Milenko Topić, miljenik navijača i čovek koji je pobedio Olimpijakos u Beogradu". sport.blic.rs. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
- "SMENA ALIMPIJEVIĆA Topić vodi Zvezdu do daljeg". sport.blic.rs. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
- "TOMIĆ NA TRI GODINE: Crvena zvezda rešila pitanje trenera ugovorom sa legendom Olimpijakosa". novosti.rs. Retrieved 13 July 2018.