L. Rytas brings back Trifunovic

Oct 11, 2010 by Euroleague.net Print
Aleksandar TrifunovicLietuvos Rytas has dipped into its recent past to find a familiar face, Aleksandar Trifunovic, to head its bench on short notice going into the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season next week. Trifunovic, 43, returns to Vilnius to replace Drazen Anzulovic, who left by mutual agreement with the club last week. Trifunovic already led L. Rytas through a successful Euroleague season in 2007-08, when the Lithuanian powerhouse came within a victory of reaching the quarterfinal playoffs. Trifunovic and L. Rytas finished with a 13-7 record that year, with six losses of 7 points or fewer. He had started midway through the previous season with L. Rytas, guiding the team to the ULEB Cup title game, in which it lost to Real Madrid. He and L. Rytas also won the Baltic League title that year. Trifunovic began his career in his native Serbia with Crvena Zvezda, coaching two separate seasons, 2002-03 and 2004-05. He continued after L. Rytas in 2008 to take over the bench for Panionios in Greece, not advancing from the Eurocup regular season, and returned last year to Crvena Zvezda, making the same competition's Last 16 before being eliminated on points. At least three current L. Rytas players - Kenan Bajramovic, Martynas Gecevicius and Arturas Jomantas - were under Trifunovic's orders during his last stint in Vilnius.