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Slaven Rimac (born December 19, 1974) is a Croatian professional basketball coach and former player. He currently serves as a head coach for Cedevita Olimpija of the Slovenian League, ABA League and the EuroCup.

Slaven Rimac
Cedevita Olimpija
PositionHead coach
LeagueSlovenian League
ABA League
EuroCup
Personal information
Born (1974-12-19) December 19, 1974 (age 44)
Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalityCroatian
Listed height6 ft 4.75 in (1.95 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1996 / Undrafted
Playing career1989–2012
PositionShooting guard
Coaching career2013–present
Career history
As player:
1989–1990Dubrava
1990–1998Cibona
1998–2000Tofaş
2000–2001Joventut
2001–2002Olimpia Milano
2002–2004Cibona
2004–2005Makedonikos
2005–2006AEK Athens
2006–2007Azovmash Mariupol
2007Paris Basket Racing
2007–2008Cedevita
2008Le Havre
2008–2012Pau-Orthez
As coach:
2013–2014Croatia (assistant)
2013Cibona (assistant)
2013–2015Cibona
2017–2018Cedevita (assistant)
2018–2019Cedevita
2019–presentCedevita Olimpija
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As head coach:

His mother Ružica Meglaj-Rimac, brother Davor Rimac and aunt Kornelija Meglaj were all professional basketball players.

Professional playing careerEdit

Rimac led the 1996–97 EuroLeague in free throws shooting percentage 93.1%. Rimac retired from playing professional basketball in May 2012, as a member of the French team EB Pau-Orthez.[1]

National team careerEdit

Rimac was a member of the senior Croatian national team at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, and the EuroBasket 1997.

Coaching careerEdit

Cibona (2013–2015)Edit

On November 14, 2013, Rimac was named the new head coach for Cibona, following the departure of Neven Spahija.[2] He led Cibona to the 2014 ABA League championship, despite the huge financial problems that the club was facing at the time.[3] As the champion of the ABA League, Cibona gained a direct spot in the following EuroLeague season, but the club withdrew from it in order to stabilize financially.[4] Eventually, Crvena zvezda, the third placed team in the league, took Cibona's spot in the EuroLeague.[5] He was sacked in Cibona, in November 2015, after a series of poor results in the ABA League.

Cedevita (2017–2019)Edit

From 2017 to 2018, he worked as an assistant coach for Cedevita, under the coaching staff of Jure Zdovc,[6] while from June 2018 to 25 October 2018, worked as a head coach of the Cedevita second team in the Croatian League. On 25 October 2018, following the departure of Sito Alonso, who coached the first team in the ABA League and EuroCup, was sacked, Rimac succeeded him.[7] Following Cedevita's merge with Petrol Olimpija, he left the club.

Cedevita Olimpija (2019–present)Edit

On July 8, 2019, Rimac was named the first head coach for the newly formed club Cedevita Olimpija.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Osmerostruki prvak Hrvatske s Cibonom Slaven Rimac završio karijeru". index.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Smjena u Ciboni: Neven Spahija odlazi, Slaven Rimac novi trener, Amerikanci ostaju". jutarnji.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  3. ^ "CEDEVITA - CIBONA 59-72 Briljantni Šarić srušio Cedevitu i odveo Cibonu do prvog trofeja u regionalnoj ABA ligi!". jutarnji.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Zvezda direktno u Evroligi?". b92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Cibona odustala, Zvezda u Evroligi!". b92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Slaven Rimac pojačao stručni stožer Cedevite". kkcedevita.hr (in Croatian). 5 July 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Rimac replaced Alonso at Cedevita bench". www.aba-liga.com. 25 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Slaven Rimac novi trener Cedevite Olimpije, prva okrepitev Edo Murić". www.rtvslo.si (in Slovenian). 8 July 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.

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