Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cibona extends with Velimir Perasovic

Cibona reached an agreement with head coach Velimir Perasovic to extend his contract until the end of the 2009-10 season, the club announced Monday. Perasovic, age 44, led Cibona to one of its best seasons in recent history, with trophies in both the Croatian League and the Croatian Cup, as well as a runner-up finish in the Adriatic League. Perasovic, a three-time Euroleague champion with Split as a player, also helped Cibona register prestigious Euroleague home wins against Maccabi, Olympiacos and Montepaschi this season and make it to the Top 16.

He has previously coached Estudiantes, Caja San Fernando and Tau Ceramica throughout his short coaching career, which started in 2004. Perasovic helped Tau to win the Spanish King's Cup and to reach the Euroleague Final Four in 2006. "It was important for me that goals are set very high," Perasovic said in an official press conference. "We want to keep our 18-year run as a successful Euroleague team, and we want to remain a regional and Croatian powerhouse. We want to fight for the trophy in every competition we participate in. The situation will be difficult for us next year but I hope we find good players in the market and put together a good team, just as we did last season."

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