Neven Spahija
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Neven Spahija

Neven Spahija
Neven Spahija Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C. EuroLeague 20180320 (cropped).jpg
Spahija coaching Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2018
Memphis Grizzlies
PositionAssistant coach
Personal information
Born (1962-11-06) 6 November 1962 (age 57)
?ibenik, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
Coaching career1986-present
Career history
As coach:
1986-1987Elemes ?ibenik (assistant)
1994-1996Zrinjevac (assistant)
1996-1997Gradine Pula
1999-2000Union Olimpija (assistant)
2001-2003Krka Novo Mesto
2003Avtodor Saratov
2004-2005Roseto Sharks
2005-2006Lietuvos rytas
2006-2007Maccabi Tel Aviv
2007-2008Tau Cerámica
2010-2012Fenerbahçe Ülker
2014-2017Atlanta Hawks (assistant)
2017-2018Maccabi Tel Aviv
2019-presentMemphis Grizzlies (assistant)
KK Dinamo Zagreb (vice president)
Career highlights and awards
As head coach

Neven Spahija (born 6 November 1962) is a Croatian professional basketball coach who is currently an assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously spent 3 years in the league as an assistant coach, with his most recent tenure there being with the Atlanta Hawks.

Coaching career


Spahija started his basketball coaching career with Gradine Pula from Croatia and Olimpija Ljubljana from Slovenia, working as an assistant coach. He started his head coaching career with Cibona from Croatia, where he won his first league championship in 2001. He then worked with Krka Novo Mesto from Slovenia, Avtodor Saratov from Russia, Lietuvos rytas from Lithuania, Maccabi Tel Aviv from Israel, Baskonia and Valencia from Spain.

From 2010 to 2012, he was the head coach of the Turkish club Fenerbahçe Ülker.[1] In June 2013, he was named the head coach of Cibona, for the next four years.[2] In November 2013, he parted ways with Cibona.[3]

On 4 August 2014, Spahija was hired by the Atlanta Hawks, to be their assistant coach.[4]

On 26 June 2017, Spahija returned to Maccabi Tel Aviv for a second stint, signing a 2+1-year contract.[5] In the 2017-18 season, Spahija led Maccabi to win the 2018 Israeli League Championship. On 18 November 2018, he parted ways with Maccabi after four consecutive losses and a 1-6 start to the 2018-19 EuroLeague season.[6]

In August 2019, Spahija was hired by the Memphis Grizzlies, to be their assistant coach.[7]

National teams

Spahija also led the senior Croatia national team, between 2001 to 2005, coaching them at EuroBasket 2003 and EuroBasket 2005.

Coaching record

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the team played during the season. He also coached in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.


Team Year G W L W–L% Result
Cibona Zagreb 2000-01 12 3 9 .250 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
2001-02 6 2 4 .333 Fired
Krka 2001-02 5 4 1 .800 Eliminated in regular season
Lietuvos rytas 2005-06 20 11 9 .550 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
Maccabi Tel Aviv 2006-07 23 13 10 .565 Eliminated in quarterfinals
Tau Cerámica 2007-08 25 16 9 .640 Lost in 3rd place game
Fenerbahçe Ülker 2010-11 16 10 6 .625 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
2011-12 16 8 8 .500 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
Maccabi Tel Aviv 2017-18 30 13 17 .433 Eliminated in Top 16 stage
2018-19 7 1 6 .143 Fired
Career 160 81 79 .523

See also


  1. ^ Spahija set for Fenerbahce Ulker
  2. ^ Cibona name Neven Spahija head coach
  3. ^ Neven Spahija, Cibona part ways
  4. ^ Hawks Name Neven Spahija Assistant Coach
  5. ^ Maccabi brings Spahija back to EuroLeague
  6. ^ Maccabi hires Sfairopoulos in place of Spahija as head coach
  7. ^ "Neven Spahija pomo?ni trener u Memphisu". (in Croatian). 6 August 2019. Retrieved 2020.

External links

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