Nenad Vučinić

Nenad Vučinić (Serbian Cyrillic: Ненад Вучинић; born 7 April 1965) is a Serbian-New Zealand basketball coach and former player. He currently serves as a head coach for the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Nenad Vučinić
Fujian Sturgeons
PositionHead coach
LeagueChinese Basketball Association
Personal information
Born (1965-04-07) 7 April 1965 (age 56)
Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian / New Zealand
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1987 / Undrafted
Playing career1983–2000
PositionSmall forward
Coaching career1996–present
Career history
As player:
1985–1987Radnički Belgrade
1987–1988Slavonka Osijek
1989–2000Nelson Giants
As coach:
1996–2001Nelson Giants
2001–2006New Zealand (assistant)
2002–2003OKK Beograd
2004–2007Nelson Giants
2006–2014New Zealand
2010–2011Darüşşafaka S.K.
2011–2012Fulgor Libertas Forlì
2012–2013Fujian Xunxing
2014–2017Byblos Club
2018–2019Sidigas Avellino
2019–2020Kumamoto Volters
2020–presentFujian Sturgeons
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Playing careerEdit

As a player, he grew with youth selections of Partizan Belgrade. He played for BASK, Radnički, Kolubara and Slavonka Osijek before flying to New Zealand in 1989 with his wife.[1] There he played for the Nelson Giants of the New Zealand NBL. As a player, Vučinić was voted to the NBL All-Star Five in 1990.

Coaching careerEdit

He is the former head coach of New Zealand men's national basketball team the Tall Blacks. He was also the head coach for Fulgor Libertas Forlì in the Italian second league (Legadue), and for BC Kalev/Cramo, a professional basketball club based in Tallinn, Estonia which participates in Korvpalli Meistriliiga, Baltic Basketball League and VTB United League.

He has won five NBL Coach of the Year titles while guiding Nelson to two titles in 1998 and 2007. He stood down as Giants coach after their most recent success and still holds the record for most NBL coaching wins (164). After six years as an assistant coach, he took over the Tall Blacks reins in 2007, taking them to victory over Australia in the 2009 FIBA Oceania Championship and into the last 16 at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.[2]

On 12 June 2018 Vučinić signed a two-year deal with the Italian basketball club Sidigas Avellino of Lega Basket Serie A (LBA).[3] On 10 April 2019 he parted ways with Sidigas Avellino.[4]


  1. ^ Intervju: Sa Nenadom Vučinićem o Novom Zelandu, Pero Kameronu i trenerskom pozivu
  2. ^ 2013 Tall Blacks Media Guide
  3. ^ "Nenad Vucinic named Scandone Avellino head coach". Retrieved 12 June 2018.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Lega A - Risoluzione consensuale tra la Sidigas Avellino e coach Vucinic" [A League - Consensual resolution between Sidigas Avellino and coach Vucinic]. (in Italian). 10 April 2019.

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