Austin Spurs name Petar Bozic head coach

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Tom Orsborn, Staff Writer

Sep. 17, 2021

BELGRADE, SERBIA – DECEMBER 01:Petar Bozic, #20 of Partizan mt:s Belgrade in action during the 2011-2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season Game Day 7 between Partizan mt:s Belgrade v Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv at Pionir Arena on December 1, 2011 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Nebojsa Parausic/Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images)

Nebojsa Parausic, Contributor / Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images

The Austin Spurs promoted Petar Bozic to head coach after he spent the past four seasons as an assistant with the G League team, the club announced Friday.

The native of Serbia is the eighth head coach in franchise history. He replaces Matt Nielsen, who the Spurs promoted to Gregg Popovich’s staff last week.

The Austin Spurs also named David Pilipovich, Nick Saenz and Jesse Childs assistant coaches on Bozic’s staff, which will also include holdover Kenny Trevino.

Before joining Austin, Bozic served as head coach of the Serbian pro team Partizan from 2015-16 and assistant coach from 2013-15 following eight years of playing with the club from 2004-12. He helped lead Austin to an NBA G League championship in 2018 and Partizan to a Serbian League championship in 2014.

Pilipovich was head coach at Air Force from 2012-20 and an assistant coach from 2007-12.

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