By Johnny Askounis/ email@example.com
Vlada Jovanovic has been named the new head coach of Crvena Zvezda mts. The Serbian giant hired him to replace Dejan Radonjic and signed him to a three-year contract, the team announced Friday.
Jovanovic, 38, has been a coach for the last decade with multiple connections to Crvena Zvezda. From working with players on youth teams between 2012 to 2017, he took over the position of head coach at FMP in 2017. After three years as the play-caller of the fellow Belgrade outfit, he coached in Croatia leading Cibona through the 2021-22 season to top both the domestic league and Cup. He is also the current coach of the Serbia U20 national team.
Taking over Crvena Zvezda, he will be receiving the help of lead assistant Marko Simonovic and fellow coach Miodrag Dinic. The remaining members of the coaching staff will be named later in the summer.
Radonjic, 52, recently concluded his second spell as the head coach of Crvena Zvezda and moved on to become the boss of Greek giant Panathinaikos OPAP. His achievements include winning the AdmiralBet ABA League, the Serbian league, and the Serbian Cup last season. In the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, the 12-16 record fell a couple of wins shy of a berth in the Playoffs.
With the offseason underway and before hiring the next head coach, the team located in Belgrade completed the addition of explosive guard Nemanja Nedovic on a three-year contract. The next moves are likely to feature 26-year-old forward/center Hassan Martin.
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