Three-year deal for the new ASVEL Basketball head coach, formerly with Monaco.
48-year-old Montenegrin Zvezdan Mitrovic signed a three-year contract to become the ASVEL Basketball new head coach, the club officialized on Tuesday, June 26th.
Zvezdan Mitrovic spent the last three seasons in Monaco with shining success, winning the Coach of the Year Award in the Jeep Elite league twice in 2017 and 2018.
Besides his duties with the Montenegrin National Team, he will lead the ASVEL Basketball in the upcoming 7Days EuroCup season and more importantly in the EuroLeague starting after the 2019-20 season.
Taking over the ASVEL Basketball after disappointing season
Expectations were extremely high for the ASVEL Basketball but disappointment was the general feeling following the 2017-18 season.
Former head coach, J.D. Jackson, was fired from his job during the Jeep Elite regular season and was replaced by Tony Parker’s father, T.J. Parker. The latter was not able to straighten the ship and the ASVEL Basketball was ultimately eliminated in the Playoffs quarterfinals by Le Mans.
Tony Parker announced the former coaching staff remains in Villeurbanne: T.J. Parker, Elric Delord and Joseph Gomis are going to stay as assistant coaches along with Mirko Ocokoljic, brought by Zvezdan Mitrovic.
T.J. Parker will take over the head coaching duties from Zvezdan Mitrovic when he will be away coaching for the Montenegrin National Team.
Shining success with Monaco
Zvezdan Mitrovic led the AS Monaco Basket for three years, since 2015.
He helped his former team winning the Pro B championship in 2015. Then, he led Monaco to the first place of the Jeep Elite regular season and won the Leaders Cup for three consecutive seasons, in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Monaco was even noticed on the European scene by reaching the Champions League Final Four in 2017.