Rastko Popovic joined the Concordia Stingers men's basketball team as an assistant coach in the summer of 2013 after spending seven years as an assistant with the women’s program.
He was an exceptional shooting guard with the Concordia men's basketball program from 2001 through 2006. It was an exciting era for the Stingers that saw the team win a silver medal at the CIS championship in 2005 and take on many of the top NCAA teams, including Duke and University of Connecticut.
Previously Popovic played at Cégep de Sherbrooke. In 2001, he was an all-star and the second-leading scorer in the CEGEP AAA league.
“I am extremely happy to be with the men’s basketball program and am enjoying the challenges at this level,” he said. “I’m fully committed to helping our student-athletes become better basketball players and to making sure they enjoy their years with the program as much as I did when I was a player.”
His responsibilities include: co-ordinating recruiting, preparing scouting reports, breaking down game film and overseeing individual workouts.
Popovic started his coaching career in 2003 at École Secondaire Saint-Laurent with former Stinger Daniel Lacasse. They helped build the most dominant girls' high school program ever in Quebec and one of the top programs in Canada.
As head coach of the high school's midget girls team from 2006-11, Popovic won three AA provincial championships and two AAA titles in the Montreal Basketball League.
He was named head coach of Quebec's 15-and-under program and led the provincial team to a silver medal at the 2013 Canadian U15 Women's National Basketball Championships in St. John's, Nfld., in August of 2013.
Popovic graduated from Concordia in 2005 with a BComm, major in Marketing. He has been working for the Concordia Department of Recreation and Athletics since May 2006 in various administrative positions.