November 17, 1929|
Dragutinovo, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
|1991||Slobodna Dalmacija Split|
|Career highlights and awards|
As head coach:
Ranko Žeravica (Serbian Cyrillic: Ранко Жеравица; born 17 November 1929) is a Serbian former professional basketball coach.
With a career that spanned over 50 years, he is most noted for his work with the Yugoslav national team during the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s. In particular, Žeravica's single biggest achievement is guiding the country to its first ever major competition win — gold medal on home soil at the 1970 World Championships — leading to a huge expansion of the game of basketball throughout Yugoslavia.
Born to father Milorad and mother Gordana in the village of Dragutinovo (before it merged with Beodra into Novo Miloševo), Žeravica's education started in his village and continued in Kikinda where he traveled every day by train. His family stemmed from Herzegovina by ancestry, having moved to Mošorin area several generations before his birth, becoming wealthy farmers and land owners.
Yugoslavia national basketball team
He coached the Yugoslavia national basketball team to a gold medal in 1980 Olympics and 1970 World Championship, silver in the 1968 Olympics, 1967 World Championship, 1969 European Championship and 1971 European Championship and bronze in the 1982 World Championship.
- 1967–72 23x15px Yugoslavia
- 1980–80 23x15px Yugoslavia
- 1980–80 23x15px Argentina (technical advisor)
- 1982–82 23x15px Yugoslavia
FIBA Hall of Fame
In 2007, he was enshrined in the FIBA Hall of Fame.
- Ispovest Ranka Žeravice: "Žućko je umro na rukama moje supruge";Blic, 20 February 2012