Coach Vidakovic is one of the most prominent Volleyball coaches in the region. He has been credited with the development of the current European MVP- Tijana Boskovic and other famous current and past professional volleyball players. Volleyball is his passion and is evident in every interaction. His wealth of knowledge has been relied upon by many Regional Clubs & National Squads to promote and enhance the sport.
ZORAN VIDAKOVIC – Volleyball coach
I graduated from the University of Sports and Physical Education and have been coaching volleyball since 1993. During 1993 I started to coach girls and established the first women’s volleyball club OK Gacko. In 1995 we took part in the First Division and by the 2001 we won 3 cups of Republic Srpska and one national championship.
In 2005 I started to work in the newly formed women’s volleyball club in Bileca. In five years I helped the club climb from Second to First Division. After the unification of volleyball in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with volleyball club “Bileca” we became champions with our both youth and junior teams. During my coaching time in volleyball club “Gacko” we were champions of Republic Serbia with pre youth, youth and junior team.
I worked as a coach and selector of Bosnia and Herzegovina in youth, junior and senior women’s national teams. Since 1997, I have been participating in annual volleyball camps as a coach, and this has continues until today. For the past six years, I have been the president of the Republic Srpska coaching organization.
Coach Sonja's extensive volleyball knowledge, playing experience, command of the English language and intimate knowledge of the US Volleyball culture are invaluable to the program. Coach Sonja will be concentrating on the defensive systems both from an individual and team perspective, additionally she will be assisting our Program Director Coach Vidakovic.
Volleyball club “OK Gimnazijalac”, Kotor, Montenegro (2015 - today)
Assistant coach of women’s senior team competing in first Montenegrin volleyball league
Head coach of youth team competing in second Montenegrin volleyball league
Working with volleyball school (girls from 7 to 11 years old)
PLAYING EXPERIENCE – UNIVERSITY
2008 - 2012 Student athlete on volleyball scholarship at Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware
Holds a school record in digs per season (516 digs)
3rd in school history in overall digs
2nd place at Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship in 2010
Bachelor degree in Business Administration - graduated with Summa cum laude (GPA 3.75)
FEI award for best junior finance student
Selected as member of International Business Society Beta Gamma Sigma
Member of Chi Alpha Sigma National Student-Athlete Honor Society
Member of the DSU Dean's List all four years of enrolment
Despy award for the best volleyball player on the team
Student athlete of the year in Department of accounting, finance and economics at DSU
Despy award for the best volleyball player on the team
Selected to Preseason MEAC Volleyball First Team
First on the team in digs
Second on the team in assists
Third on the team in service aces
Tallied a school record in digs per season (516 digs)
1st in MEAC in overall digs (516 digs) and digs per set (4.61 digs per game)
Selected to the All-MEAC Volleyball First Team
Second on the team in service aces
Third on team in assists
Selected to Hilton RTP/NCCU Volleyball All-Tournament Team
Lead all tournament players with a averaged of 5.42 digs per game at Lafayette Invitational Tournament
PLAYING EXPERIENCE – CLUB
2012 - 2013 Played as a libero in volleyball club “OK Gimnazijalac”, Kotor, Montenegro in first Montenegrin volleyball league
2006 - 2008 Played as a libero in volleyball club “Novi Zagreb”, Zagreb, Croatia in 1st b Croatian volleyball league
2004 - 2006 Played as a libero in volleyball club “Mladost”, Zagreb, Croatia in 2nd volleyball league
PLAYING EXPERIENCE – HIGH SCHOOL
2004 - 2008 – played as a libero for High school team “Sports Gymnasium”, Zagreb, Croatia
2007 - 2008 1st place in Zagreb High School Championship and 2nd place in the Croatia National High School Championship
2006 - 2007 1st place in Zagreb High School Championship and 3rd place in the Croatia National High School Championship
2005 - 2006 – 2nd place in Zagreb High School Championship and Croatia National High School Championships
Coach Mina brings extensive coaching and professional playing experience. Her position as a setter gave her unique insights as to the tactics and technical aspects of the game. She will focus on the setter development both on individual and team level. She will place emphasis on the tactics utilized on both sides of the net.
I worked as a coach for 8 years, for 15years I played volleyball in teams of first and second division of Serbia and Montenegro.
Volleyball team “Vrbas” second division, “
Varadin” first league of Serbia,
Volleyball team “1.Tempo” from Sremska Mitrovica first division of Serbia, “OK Herceg Novi”, Montenegro first division.
University of Novi Sad, Faculty of sports and physical education, Serbia. Volleyball.
FIVB, International Coaching Course
Volleyball team “NS Valley Team ”,Novi Sad ,Serbia ,Coach of younger categories.
Volleyball team “Vrbas”, Vrbas, Serbia, assistant of the Coach in second division of Serbia.
Volleyball team “Herceg Novi”, Herceg Novi, Montenegro, Coach of younger categories, assistant of the Coach and now First Coach in first division of Montenegro.
Excellent pedagogical approach
Effective interpersonal skills
Although, Coach Sanja's early injury prevented her from expanding her volleyball career, it helped her recognize the desire to teach young generations about the sport she loves. That love she demonstrates with every interaction on and off the court and she is a great resource of knowledge for the technical aspect of the game. Being a club director and responsible for multiple age groups, Coach Sanja has seen it all.
University of East Sarajevo, Faculty of Physical Education and Sports
Business management, University of Management, Herceg Novi
Graduated as Teacher of Physical Education (2006)
Masters degree at the University of Management
OK "Maglić" Foča - 1991 - 1997
1995 we suceded in advancing to the First division of Republika Srpska.
1997 to 1999 "Famos" Pale (East Sarajevo).
Volleyball club “Herceg Novi“, Herceg Novi, from 2007
Elementary school ‘’Dašo Pavičić”, Herceg Novi, from January 15th, 2017
Founder of the volleyball club “Herceg Novi”, Coach, President of the club
Club competed in the First and Second Montenegrin volleyball division. It participates in all the state competitions in Junior groups. It won many awards at the state and international competitions.
Recognition for the Best Sports person and an award for the most successful club, both awarded by the town of Herceg Novi and sports journalists in 2011
Teacher of the year at Sports Education in the school “Dašo Pavičić”, Herceg Novi
Computer skills, including working in Word, Excel
Course in English language, basic level
Very communicative, sincere, responsible. Great organizational skills. Desire for improvement, learning, working in a team environment and with children.