Nemanja Jovanovic (basketball)

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Nemanja Jovanovic
Nemanja during SMU game
SMU Mustangs
PositionDirector of player development
Personal information
Born (1981-08-27) 27 August 1981 (age 40)
Valjevo, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Coaching career2000–present
Career history
As coach:
2000–2002KK Zeleznicar Lajkovac (youth)
2002–2005U14 Head coach- National team Serbia-West
2005–2007Crvena zvezda (youth)
2007-2008Crvena zvezda (assistant)
2008-2009Hørsholm 79ers
2009-2012Espacio Torrelodones (assistant)
2010-2011Denmark U-18 (assistant)
2012-2013Hørsholm 79ers (associate Head coach)
2013-2014Hørsholm 79ers
2014-2015KFUM Nässjö
2015-presentSMU Mustangs (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As coach:
  • 2005 Champion - II Serbian league - Superfund (assistant)
  • 2006 Silver medal - U16 Yugoslavia league - Crvena zvezda (youth)
  • 2009 Champion - Primera Nacional- Espacio Torrelodones (assistant)
  • 2016 Champion - NCAA - The American regular season
  • 2016 Champion - NCAA - the American conference tournament Logo.png Search Nemanja Jovanovic (basketball) on Amazon.

Nemanja Jovanovic (Serbian Latin: Nemanja Jovanović; born 27 August 1981) is a Serbian basketball coach, currently working as a Director of player development at SMU Mustangs (Southern Methodist University, NCAA). Jovanovic was the Head coach of Hørsholm 79ers (Denmark) and KFUM Nässjö (Sweden).

During his career, he collaborated with Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown (SMU Mustangs, 2015-16)


Jovanovic earned his Master’s degree in Basketball coaching from the Faculty of Sport and Physical education (University of Belgrade) in 2009. Jovanovic also has Basketball coaching licenses from Belgrade Basketball Coaching Academy (2004) and Madrid Basketball Coaching academy (2011).

Coaching career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Jovanovic began his coaching career at Zeleznicar Lajkovac (Serbia) as a Player development coach for youth teams. After four seasons in Lajkovac, Jovanovic became the assistant coach of Superfund. In 2005 Superfund won II Serbian league title, promoting the team to the I Serbian league. During his time with the Superfund, he coached players such as Nemanja_Bjelica, Sava Lesic, Djordje Gagic, and Marko Ljubicic. After one season in Superfund, Jovanovic joins Crvena zvezda, where he worked as head coach of U14 and assistant coach of U16 youth development teams. During his time with Crvena zvezda youth teams, he coached players such as Nemanja Nedović..[1] and Nikola_Jovanović.

Crvena Zvezda Belgrade (2007–2008)[edit]

In 2008 Jovanovic became an assistant coach for Crvena zvezda team under Milan Škobalj as head coach[2][3]. The team clinched a playoff spot in Basketball League of Serbia with score 9-5 in the regular season.

Horshom 79ers Denmark (2008–2009)[edit]

In 2008, at age of 27, Jovanovic became a Head coach for Hørsholm 79ers, Denmark. Team clinched a playoff spot in Basketligaen with score 10-8 in the regular season.

Espacio Torrelodones (2009–2012)[edit]

In 2009, Jovanovic become the head coach of the Espacio Torrelodones u18 team and assistant coach of the senior team for Spanish EBA League (4th-tier) under Darko Rajaković[4]. In his first season, Torrelodones went to Primera Division – Community of Madrid Group (5th-tier) title, promoting the team to the Liga EBA. In next season and his last as their coach, the Torrelodones finished 8th in Group B with the same record as for season before.

Horshom 79ers Denmark (2012–2014)[edit]

In 2012, Jovanovic returned to Hørsholm 79ers in Danish League. He held associate head coach position working together with Bogdan Karaičić[5]. Hørsholm 79ers made it to Danish Cup final, first one for the club since 1995, team lost final game playing against Bakken Bears.[6][7] Team clinched playoff spot in Danish League with score 11-16 in regular season.

On December 10th,2013 Jovanovic become Head coach of Hørsholm 79ers[8]. Team clinched playoff spot in Danish League 13-18 score in regular season.

Nassjo Basket Sweden (2014-2015)[edit]

In June 2014 Jovanovic become Head coach for KFUM Nässjö. Team finished regular season with 10-20 score making the playoffs from 8th spot. This was the first time for KFUM Nässjö to participate in playoffs in Swedish Basketball League[9][10].

SMU Mustangs (2015-present)[edit]

Jovanovic is in his fifth season at SMU Mustangs (2019-20), his second as the Director of Player Development. He served as the Special Assistant to the Head Coach (2016-18) for two seasons after a season as the Director of Video Services (2015-16)[11]. In his five seasons at SMU Mustangs, the Mustangs have won The American regular season, the AAC Tournament and made it to the NCAA tournament[12] During his time at SMU he coached players such as Shake Milton (Philadelphia 76ers), Semi Ojeleye (Boston Celtics), Sterling Brown (Milwaukee Bucks), Ben Moore (Fort Wayne Mad Ants), Nic Moore (Champagne Châlons-Reims Basket).

National teams[edit]

2004 Head coach U14 National team Serbia-West 2011 Assistant coach for U18 National team Denmark 2014 Director of player development for National team Denmark


In the summer of 2016, Jovanovic served as a member of the Utah Jazz coaching staff during NBA Summer League[13][14]


  1. "Interview med Nemanja Nedovic". (in dansk). Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  2. "Milan Škobalj novi trener Crvene zvezde". (in српски / srpski). Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  3. "KK ZVEZDA: Milan Škobalj i zvanično". (in српски / srpski). Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  4. "Baloncesto Torrelodones - Historia". (in español). Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  5. "Kendte serbere i spidsen for 79ers". (in dansk). Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  6. "79ers på pokaljagt". (in dansk). Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  7. "Pokalvindere". (in dansk). Retrieved 28 January 2020.
  8. "Nemanja Jovanovic bliver ny head coach for Hørsholm 79ers". (in dansk). Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  9. "Nemanja Jovanovic forlader Hørsholm 79ers". (in dansk). Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  10. "Välkommen Nemanja Jovanovic". (in svenska). Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  11. "Nemanja Jovanovic - Director of Player Development". Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  12. "2016-17 Men's Basketball Year In Review". Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  13. "Jovanovic beaeret over traener invitation til nba summer-league". (in dansk). Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  14. "Reencuentro de entrenadores bt en la nba summer league". (in español). Retrieved 24 March 2020.

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