Kovač appointed new coach of Slovenia men’s national team
News from the National Federations
Ljubljana, Slovenia, March 2, 2017. After Italian Volleyball legend Andrea Giani announced his plans not to prolong the contract with Slovenia men’s national team at the end of January before moving to Germany, the Volleyball Federation of Slovenia started looking for his successor. Slobodan Kovač was the one chosen among as many as 30 candidates.
The 49-year-old Serbian, who applied for the job through the public tender, has signed a two-year contract with the possibility of a further extension. “We were surprised by the number of candidates, who were mostly foreigners and all highly respected names in European and world Volleyball. The decision was not an easy one, and it took some time. But now we are really satisfied we managed to bring Kovač to our team. We could say we signed probably one of the hottest names currently available on the market,” the President of the Volleyball Federation of Slovenia, Metod Ropret said.
Kovač can boast an impressive career as a Volleyball player, including an Olympic gold medal with the former Yugoslavia at Sydney 2000; he started his coaching career in 2008 in Kragujevac, Serbia. Already two years later he was at the helm of the Italian A1 side PERUGIA Volley and was voted as the best coach in Italy in 2013 and 2014. He is now working with Turkish top team Halkbank ANKARA.
Under Kovač’s guidance Iran men's national team claimed the Asian Championship title and finished in sixth place at the 2014 FIVB World Championship in Poland, but now his next challenge will be with Slovenia.