Svetislav "Kari" Pešić (Serbian Cyrillic: Светислав "Кари" Пешић; born 28 August 1949) is a Serbian professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Serbia men's national team.

Svetislav Pešić
Pešić with FC Barcelona in 2018
PositionHead coach
Personal information
Born (1949-08-28) 28 August 1949 (age 74)
Pirot, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian / German
Listed height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Listed weight83 kg (183 lb)
Career information
NBA draft1971: undrafted
Playing career1964–1979
PositionShooting guard
Coaching career1982–present
Career history
As player:
As coach:
1993–2000Alba Berlin
2000–2002FR Yugoslavia
2001–2002RheinEnergie Köln
2002–2004FC Barcelona
2004–2006Lottomatica Roma
2006–2007Akasvayu Girona
2007–2008Dynamo Moscow
2008–2009Crvena zvezda
2010–2011Power Electronics Valencia
2011–2012Crvena zvezda
2012–2016Bayern Munich
2018–2020FC Barcelona
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As a head coach:

FIBA Hall of Fame as coach
Men's basketball
Head Coach for  Yugoslavia /  Serbia
FIBA World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2002 USA
Silver medal – second place 2023 Philippines–Japan–Indonesia
FIBA EuroBasket
Gold medal – first place 2001 Turkey
Head Coach for  Germany
FIBA EuroBasket
Gold medal – first place 1993 Germany
Head Coach for  Yugoslavia
Under-19 World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1987 Italy Under-19
European Championship for Juniors
Gold medal – first place 1986 Austria Under-18
European Championship for Cadets
Gold medal – first place 1985 Bulgaria Under-16

Playing career edit

During his club playing career, Pešić played with Pirot (1964–1967), Partizan (1967–1971), and Bosna (1971–1979). As a member of Bosna, he won a Yugoslav Cup and a Yugoslav League championship, in 1978. Also, he won the FIBA European Champions Cup (EuroLeague) championship in 1979 with Bosna.[1]

Coaching career edit

Club coaching career edit

On the club level, Pešić won the triple crown in 2003, while he was the head coach of FC Barcelona. On 16 November 2010, he was named the head coach of Power Electronics Valencia, for the rest of the 2010–11 season.[2] In November 2012, Pešić was named the head coach of the German team Bayern Munich.[3] On 28 February 2015, he extended his contract with the club until 2017.[4] On 24 July 2016, he left Bayern at his own request, for health reasons.[5]

On 9 February 2018, he returned to FC Barcelona as the team's head coach, until the end of the season.[6]

National team coaching career edit

Pešić led the Yugoslavian junior national team, that featured future international stars Vlade Divac, Saša Đorđević, Toni Kukoč, and Dino Rađa, to a gold medal at the 1987 FIBA World Junior Championship (which was later split into separate under-19 and under-21 events), by defeating the Team USA twice during the tournament.[7]

As the head coach of the senior German national basketball team, he won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 1993 (organized by Germany).

With the FR Yugoslavian senior side, Pešić won gold medals at the 2002 FIBA World Championship, which was held in Indianapolis, and the EuroBasket 2001 (organized by Turkey). He stepped down from the position on 1 December 2002.[8]

On 28 September 2021, the Basketball Federation of Serbia hired him as the new head coach for the Serbia men's national team.[9]

Coaching record edit

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.

EuroLeague edit

Team Year G W L W–L% Result
2002–03 21 17 4 .810 Won EuroLeague Championship
2003–04 20 14 6 .700 Eliminated at Top 16 Stage
Valencia 2010–11 20 11 9 .550 Eliminated in quarterfinals
Bayern 2013–14 24 9 15 .375 Eliminated at Top 16 stage
2014–15 10 2 8 .200 Eliminated at the group stage
2015–16 10 4 6 .400 Eliminated at the group stage
Barcelona 2017–18 8 4 4 .500 Eliminated in regular season
2018–19 35 20 15 .571 Eliminated in quarterfinals
2019–20 28 22 6 .786 Season cancelled
Career 176 103 73 .585

Personal life edit

Along with Serbian, Pešić also possesses German citizenship. His son, Marko (born 1976), is a former professional basketball player, and was an occasional member of the senior German national team. Former German basketball player Jan Jagla, is his son-in-law, due to his marriage with Pešić's daughter, Ivana.

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Svetislav Pešić u Kući slavnih". Retrieved 30 March 2021.
  2. ^ Power Electronics makes Pesic new boss!
  3. ^ "Svetislav Pesic tabbed as new coach for Bayern Munich". Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Pešić vodi Bajern do 2017". (in Serbian). 28 February 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Svetislav Pesic leaves Bayern Munich". Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Svetislav Pesic will coach Barça Lassa until the end of the season | FC Barcelona". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  7. ^ Woolf, Alexander (2002). "Sarajevo Airport: Prisoners of War". Big Game, Small World: A Basketball Adventure. New York: Warner Books. pp. 90–107. ISBN 0-446-52601-0.
  8. ^ "Svetislav Pešić napustio kormilo reprezentacije" (in Serbian). Vlada Republike Srbije. 1 December 2002. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  9. ^ "ZVANIČNO: Svetislav Pešić posle 20 godina na klupi reprezentacije". Retrieved 28 September 2021.

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