Nik Koprivica joins the Truman State mens basketball staff

Truman State University men's basketball head coach Matt Woodley has announced that Nik Koprivica will be joining the Bulldog coaching staff as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2014-15 season.

"I am thrilled that Nik is joining our coaching staff," Woodley said. "Nik played for me at Washington State University, and as a former player, I consider Nik family.

He has a great understanding of the game of basketball, and his personality will allow him to develop great relationships with our players."

Koprivica joins the Truman staff having most recently served with the basketball club "AS Basket" in Belgrade, Serbia, since 2011.

While there, he was an assistant coach with the seniors team and helped organize multiple facets of the club operations including scheduling, development, marketing, and camps.

He has significant playing experience, having competed for club teams in both Serbia and Greece, while also playing for Coach Woodley at WSU in Pullman, Wash., from 2006-2010.

Koprivica served as the captain of the Serbian U-16 and U-20 national teams and has been part of European U-14 (2002) and U-20 (2008) championship and World University gold medal (2010) teams.

"I'm very excited about my new role at Truman, especially for the opportunity to work with Coach Woodley who was once my coach," Koprivica said. "He was a key figure in the development of my basketball career, and I feel very blessed to be joining the Bulldog family!"

The Truman men's basketball program is coming off a 20-7 season that resulted in a Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament berth.

The 2013-14 squad became just the sixth team in program history to have reached the 20-win mark and the first since 2005-06.

In addition, the 13 conference wins last season set a new program record.

Truman graduated two seniors and will return three starters and 14 squad members for the 2014-15 campaign.

Courtesy Truman State University