Neven Spahija takes over at Tau

Jul 26, 2007 by Print
Neven Spahija Neven Spahija will take the reins at Euroleague powerhouse Tau Ceramica, the club announced Thursday. The veteran Croatian coach arrives from Maccabi Tel Aviv, where in his one season with the yellow-and-blue, Spahija led the team to the Euroleague Quarterfinal Playoffs and the Israeli title. The 45-year-old Spahija has previous Euroleague coaching experience with Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, which he led to the Top 16 in 2005-06 and Cibona Zagreb, with whom he won the 2001 Euroleague Opening Tournament. The move reunites Spahija with Zoran Planinic, who was the MVP of that event. Spahija's coaching career includes stops at Gradine Pula and Cibona in his native Croatia, Krka Novo Mesto in Slovenia, Avtodor Saratov in Russia, Roseto in Italy and L. Rytas in Lithuania before joining Maccabi. Spahija was also the head coach for the Croatian Under-22 and senior sides. Among his career highlights are winning a pair of Croatian championships, one Slovenian championship, a Lithuanian championship, a Baltic League title and reaching the 2003 ULEB Cup Final. He also coached Croatia to the silver medal at the 2001 World Under-22 Championships.