Aleksandar Petrović (basketball)

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For the Serbian basketball coach, see Aco Petrović (basketball).
Aleksandar Petrović
Aleksandar Petrovic by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg
Petrović coaching Lietuvos rytas in February 2014.
Personal information
Born (1959-02-16) February 16, 1959 (age 57)
Šibenik, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatian
Listed height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Career information
Playing career 1979–1991
Position Point guard
Coaching career 1991–present
Career history
As player:
1979–1987 Cibona Zagreb
1987–1988 Victoria Libertas Pesaro
1988–1989 Cibona Zagreb
1989–1990 KK Zagreb
1990–1991 Basket Racing Luxembourg
As coach:
1991–1995 Cibona Zagreb
1995 Croatia
1995–1997 CB Sevilla
1997–1999 Cibona Zagreb
1999–2001 Croatia
2001–2002 Anwil Włocławek
2004–2005 CE Lleida Bàsquet
2006 Scafati Basket
2007–2008 KK Zadar
2010–2011 Cedevita Zagreb
2012–2013 Bosnia and Herzegovina
2012–2013 Cedevita Zagreb
2013–2014 Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
2016 Croatia
2017-present Croatia

Aleksandar "Aco" Petrović (born February 16, 1959) is a Croatian professional basketball coach of Croatian national team, and former professional player. Petrović is also the older brother of the late Dražen Petrović.

Personal life[edit]

His close cousin is Serbian basketball player Dejan Bodiroga.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Petrović played as a shooting guard and achieved prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The pro clubs he played for included Šibenka, Cibona Zagreb, Scavolini Pesaro, Novi Zagreb and Luxembourg.

Coaching career[edit]

Petrović has coached the senior men's Croatian national team on three occasions, in 1995, when they finished third in the EuroBasket 1995, between 1999 and 2001, when they finished 7th in the EuroBasket 2001, and during Croatia's run to the Olympics in Rio 2016

Between 1991 and 1995, Petrović started his club coaching career with Cibona Zagreb. Between 1995 and 1997, he coached the Spanish ACB League club San Fernando Sevilla, before returning to Cibona for the 1997–98 season.

In the 2001–02 season, he went to Poland to coach Anwil Włocławek. In 2004, he was again in Spain with Caprabo Lleida. In 2006, he took over at the Italian League club Carifac Fabriano, before switching to Eurorida Scafati. In the 2007–08 season, he took over the Croatian club Zadar. He then became the head coach of Cedevita.

He was named the Eurocup Coach of the Year in 2011.[2]

In February 2012, he was appointed as the coach of Bosnia and Herzegovina national basketball team.

After departure of Božidar Maljković, Petrović once again took charge over KK Cedevita on November 26, 2012.[3] After Cedevita was eliminated from Euroleague and Croatian Cup and left without chance of qualifying for ABA League Final Four, Petrović offered his resignation which was accepted on 3 March 2013.[4]


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