Jankovic To Lead Ladies Basketball Program
Monday, June 7, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Centenary Director of Athletics, Dr. Tom Tallach, announced today that Bojan Jankovic has been selected as the Ladies' Head Basketball Coach after serving as Interim Head Coach for the past year.

"Bojan is a tireless worker.  He has and will demand an exceptional effort level from his student-athletes and that is what it is going to take to meet the expectations for this program in the future," said Tallach.

"I believe that we will have bright future in our women's basketball program. We have a good group coming back and we are recruiting hard to bring in new players that will be the future of Centenary Ladies basketball. I am optimistic and confident in our girls. We will work hard and we expect great things to happen in The Summit League this year and in American Southwest Conference in the future," said Jankovic.

Along with serving as the interim head coach last year, Jankovic is quite familiar with the program as he spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach for the Ladies. While leading Centenary, he helped guide 2010 seniors Leslie Forest and Bethany Joseph to record-breaking seasons as Forest became the all-time leader in blocked shots and Joseph finished her career as one of the top Ladies shooters from behind the arch and free throw line in her four years. 

The Ladies and Jankovic look to return top scoring and rebounding threats, seniors Anne Farrell and Ashley Jackson from last year's starting lineup.

"I am looking forward to this year as we have a chance to improve through hard work and leadership from our seniors. We would love to conclude our membership in The Summit League with a conference tournament appearance," said Jankovic.

Jankovic brings a wealth of experience to Centenary, as he coached Radnicki, a Division I Professional team in Serbia for five years as an assistant coach and the head coach for the U18 team. In Europe, Jankovic had the opportunity to work a few summers with Igor Koskov, an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns, who represents Europe as the only European assistant coach in the NBA. As coaches, Jankovic and Koskov were responsible for new player development.

After his time in Serbia and Montenegro, Jankovic was a student assistant with the men's basketball team at Texas A&M-Commerce. He helped coach the Lions to a 26-4 record and a NCAA Division II South Central Regional finals appearance in 2005. 

Following his stint at Commerce, Jankovic assisted at the University of the Ozarks, where he worked with the post players. Jankovic worked many facets of coaching, including recruiting and coordinating travel. He helped the men's basketball team to the most conference wins in team history (14).

Jankovic currently lives in Shreveport with his wife Bojana and their daughter Anja and son, Vuk.

"I would like to thank Dr. Tallach and Dr. Rowe for this opportunity to lead the Centenary Ladies. I will do my best to take Centenary women's basketball to the next level and I believe that we will compete for championships in the future," said Jankovic.