In the news: Serbian native Milinkovic relishing role with Women's Hoops 23 Jun 23:38
MOREHEAD, Ky. - At age 26, Lazar Milinkovic says he has grown into a more mature basketball coach.
Milinkovic, who just completed his second season as an assistant coach with the Morehead State women's team, broke into the business at the unheard of age of 19.
A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Milinkovic came to the U.S. to play his senior year of high school ball for Mountain State (W.Va.) Academy. Upon graduation, he had some opportunities to play at the NCAA II and NAIA level. Instead, he accepted an offer to become an assistant coach at his alma mater while continuing his education at Mountain State University.
He spent two years as an assistant at the academy. There, he coached Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft.
Then came two years as an assistant at Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, whose roster included current Minnesota Timberwolves standout Andrew Wiggins.
All the while, Milinkovic kept going to school himself, earning a bachelor's degree in applied management from Ohio University in 2012.
That was the year he moved into women's basketball, landing a graduate assistant role at Marshall University. He spent two seasons with the Thundering Herd, also earning a master's degree there in adult education.
When MSU Coach Greg Todd had an opening on his staff for the 2014-15 season, Milinkovic jumped at the chance.
Milinkovic, who is single, has a variety of roles with the Eagles. In addition to working with post players, he organizes travel and equipment, helps with summer camp and scheduling, and acts as a liaison with the training, strength and compliance staffs. And, of course, he recruits.
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