Metropolitans 92 hire Jurij Zdovc as new Head Coach

Photo: Petrol Olimpija/Ales Fevzer

Following the departure of Head Coach Freddy Fauthoux, Metropolitans 92 moved quickly to secure the signature of Jurij Zdovc as a replacement. Zdovc has signed a two-year contract with the French club.

Zdovc is very experienced in European circles. He had a 19-year playing career, featuring for Smelt Olimpija, Knorr Bologna, Limoges CSP, Iraklis Thessaloniki, Helios Suns, PSG Racing, Panionios, Split CO and Geoplin Slovan.

Internationally, he won a silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. Additionally, he won two European Championships (1989 and 1991) and a World Cup in 1990. All alongside basketball legends Drazen Petrovic and Toni Kukoc.

Zdovc has forged an established coaching career too. Holding 13 roles since 2003, including the Slovenian national team position between 2009-2011 and from 2014-16. In 2009, he led his team to a 4th-place finish at EuroBasket.

His other coaching honors include 2 Croatian Cups (2004, 2018), a Bosnian League Championship (2008), a Slovenian League Championship (2009), 3 Slovenian Cups (2009-2011), and a Croatian League Championship (2018). In 2012, he was named the EuroCup Coach of the Year whilst at Spartak Saint Petersburg.

Now, Jurij Zdovc returns to France. Where he won the EuroLeague and the league championship in 1993 as a player for Limoges. More specifically the Paris region, where he won the 1997 league championship with Paris Racing.

Before the COVID-19 suspension, his new team Metropolitans 92 were 18-7 in the league. Sitting 4th in the LNB Pro A standings.