Slobodan Subotić

Slobodan "Piksi" Subotić (Serbian: Слободан Суботић; Greek: Σλόμπονταν Σούμποτιτς; born 15 August 1956) is a Slovenian professional basketball coach and former player. He last served as the head coach for Budućnost of the ABA League, Montenegrin League and the EuroCup.[1]

Slobodan Subotić
Free agent
PositionHead coach
Personal information
Born (1956-08-15) 15 August 1956 (age 64)
Herceg Novi, PR Montenegro, FPR Yugoslavia
NationalityBosnian / Croatian / Greek / Slovenian
Listed height6 ft 7.5 in (2.02 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1978 / Undrafted
Playing career1975–1993
PositionShooting guard / small forward
Coaching career1993–present
Career history
As player:
1975–1986Smelt Olimpija
1986–1993Aris
As coach:
1993–1994Iraklis (assistant)
1994–1995Iraklis
1995–1996AEK Athens
1996–1997Aris
1997–1999Panathinaikos
1999Slovenia (assistant)
2000–2001Panionios
2001PAOK
2001–2003Slovenia
2002–2003Olympiacos
2004–2005Aurora Basket Jesi
2006–2008Split
2009–2010Cedevita
2011Aris
2012–2016Al Riyadi
2017Cibona
2018–2019Lebanon
2019Budućnost
Career highlights and awards
As player

As head coach

He has Greek citizenship, which he obtained to circumvent EU administrative restrictions while playing and coaching there. To be able to obtain Greek citizenship, he had to administratively change his name in the eyes of Greek law, and is thus known there as Slompontan "Lefteris" Soumpotits[2][3] (Greek: Σλόμπονταν "Λευτέρης" Σούμποτιτς). In addition to having Slovenian and Greek citizenship, he also holds Bosnia and Herzegovina citizenship.[4][5] At 2.02 m (6'7 ​12") tall, he was a talented swingman, with incredible shooting ability.

Playing careerEdit

Subotić helped the Greek club Aris to qualify for the EuroLeague's Final Four in three consecutive years (1988, 1989, and 1990. With Aris, he was a 5 time Greek League champion, in the years 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1991, and also a 5 time Greek Cup winner, in the years 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1992.

Subotić then followed-up a successful playing career, by moving on to work as a basketball coach.

Coaching careerEdit

After his playing career, Subotić went into coaching. So far, some of the clubs that he has been the head coach of include: Greek clubs Iraklis, AEK, Aris, Panathnaikos, Panionios, PAOK and Olympiacos, the Croatian club Split, and Al Riyadi, of the Lebanese Basketball League.

As the head coach, he won the Greek League championship twice, in 1998 and 1999, the Greek Cup in 2002, the FIBA Korać Cup in 1997, and the Lebanese League championship in 2014 and 2015. He extended his contract with Al Riyadi for three more years in 2015.[6][7]

He was also an assistant coach with the senior men's Slovenia national team in 1999, as well as the head coach of Slovenia, from 2001 to 2003, coaching them at EuroBasket 2003. In 2012 he became the general manager of the Slovenian club, Union Olimpija.[8]

On 18 June 2017, Subotić was named the head coach of the Croatian club Cibona,[9] which he left on 11 November 2017, parting ways with the club.[10][11][12]

Awards and accomplishmentsEdit

PlayerEdit

  • Greek League champion: (1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1990–91)
  • Greek Cup winner: (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992)

Head coachEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Slobodan Subotic Returns to Montenegro After More Than 40 Years". www.total-montenegro-news.com. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  2. ^ SOUMPOTITS, SLOMPONTAN NATIONALITY: GREECE.
  3. ^ SUBOTIC, LEFTERIS BORN: 15 AUGUST, 1956 NATIONALITY: GREECE.
  4. ^ Slobodan Subotic Nationality: Bosnia and Herzegovina/Slovenia/Greece.
  5. ^ Slobodan Subotic Birthdate: 15-08-1956 Nationality: Bosnian - Slovenian - Greek.
  6. ^ Subotic extends with Riyadi for 3 more years.
  7. ^ Slobodan Subotic extends with Al Riyadi until 2018.
  8. ^ Lefteris Subotic appointed as new GM of Olimpija.
  9. ^ Slobodan Subotić is new Cibona head coach.
  10. ^ Cibona and Slobodan Subotić parted ways.
  11. ^ "Coach Profile". basketball.eurobasket.com. Retrieved 2020-11-03.
  12. ^ "Slobodan Subotić is taking over Club Africain Tunis". Sportando. Retrieved 2020-11-03.

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