Coaching legend Svetislav Pesic is leaving FC Bayern Munich Basketball, the club aanounced today, July 24,2016. Pesic had an initial procedure at the end of the season. The rehabilitation process went smoothly back then. His second operation was also successful, but a long recover process is needed.
“I’d like to thank the coach for his work and dedication on behalf of the club. The way he conducted himself throughout his time here has been impeccable,” explained general manager Marko Pesic. “He’s done a lot for the club, including helping to make our youth set-up incredibly successful. Without him a lot of this wouldn’t have happened. We never imagined that he wouldn’t be on the sidelines next term. We will make the most of his experience over the coming weeks and months, however, the recovery process is the main priority currently.”
Svetislav Pesic has been a hugely important figure in German Basketball in recent decades. Having lifted a number of domestic titles, he also helped the national team lift the European Championship in 1993. In 2014 he helped Bayern lift their first title for 59 years and guided them into the Euroleague Top16 in their maiden campaign.
“Coach Pesic is an incredible man and great at his job,” explained skipper Bryce Taylor. “He taught me a lot of things in regards to discipline, intensity and attitude. He showed me that I need to prioritise things. His love for the sport is unbelievable. I hope that he gets well soon. I’m certain that he’ll return to his best sooner rather than later.”
Anton Gavel added that “we wish him all of the best. He’s become a legend at the club due to the amount of things that he’s achieved. I have benefited a lot from his experience.”