Svetislav Pešić (Serbian Cyrillic: Светислав Пешић, born 28 August 1949), also known by his nickname Kari, is a Serbian professional basketball head coach for FC Barcelona of the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague. Pešić is one of the most successful European basketball coaches.
Pešić with Bayern Munich in 2013
|Born||28 August 1949|
Novi Sad, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
|Nationality||Serbian / German|
|Listed height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Listed weight||83 kg (183 lb)|
|NBA draft||1971 / Undrafted|
|2010–2011||Power Electronics Valencia|
|Career highlights and awards|
As a head coach:
During his club playing career, Pešić played with Partizan (1967–1971), and Bosna (1971–1979). As a member of Bosna, he won the Yugoslav Cup and Yugoslav League championship, in 1978. With Bosna, he also won the FIBA European Champions Cup (EuroLeague) championship in 1979.
Club coaching careerEdit
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. In November 2012, Pešić was named the head coach of the German team Bayern Munich. On 28 February 2015, he extended his contract with the club until 2017. On 24 July 2016, he left Bayern at his own request, for health reasons.
National team coaching careerEdit
Pešić led a 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.
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). As the head coach of the senior German national basketball team, he also won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 1993 (organized by Germany).
|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.
|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 at Top 16 Stage|
|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|
- Yugoslav League champion: 1978
- Yugoslav Cup winner: 1978
- European Champions Cup (EuroLeague) champion: 1979
As head coach:
- National Championships:
- National Cups:
- European Cups:
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.
- Power Electronics makes Pesic new boss!
- "Svetislav Pesic tabbed as new coach for Bayern Munich". court-side.com. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- "Pešić vodi Bajern do 2017". b92.net (in Serbian). 28 February 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- "Svetislav Pesic leaves Bayern Munich". sportando.com. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
- "Svetislav Pesic will coach Barça Lassa until the end of the season | FC Barcelona". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
- 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.