USATH appoints Zivovic to Southwest Regional Coach

Feb. 04, 2009, 12 a.m. (ET)
USA Team Handball is pleased to announce the appointment of Boban Zivovic to Southwest Regional Coach.

Zivovic, raised in Smederevo, Serbia, will use expertise from his impressive 30-year team handball resume in his position. As Southwest Regional Coach, he will assist Patric Coggin, Southwest Regional Director, in implementing clinics, tryouts and clubs, and help foster team handball growth in the area and nationwide.

"Boban Zivovic has been involved in handball in the USA for several years, but we are fortunate to formally have him involved with our federation," said Mariusz Wartalowicz, Technical Director of USATH. "His unmatched experience as a player and coach in his native Serbia and in France will help us develop handball in Texas and at the national and international level."

Zivovic grew up playing in first-division Yugoslav clubs, such as Proleter, Red Star and Kristal, but his handball career extends across Europe to France, where he played and coached for eight years. He has worked with all age levels and categories, including national team players in Serbia and junior national team players in France. Zivovic has also been involved with team handball in the United States in the Southwest Region for sometime, and has participated in the U.S. Club Nationals on several occasions.

"I am very upbeat and excited about joining USA Team Handball. Together we will be able to raise our sport to a new level of quality," Zivovic said. "This is going to be a long-term task, but we will succeed."

Zivovic, fluent in Serbian, English, French and Russian, holds a team handball coaching certificate from University of Nis and a coaching degree from Antibes, France. He lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife and two daughters.