Travica has been the
coach of the Serbia and Montenegro menís team
since taking over from Veselin Vukovic just
after the World League in 2003. They were big
shoes to fill after Serbia and Montengro
finished second in that tournament under Vukovic,
when the 2000 Olympic champions lost a
sensational final in five sets to Brazil. But
Travica has done an excellent job, maintaining a
high level of play this giant of world
Volleyball brings to the international stage.
Travicaís first appointment was the European
Championship in Germany in September 2003 where
he saw his side finish fourth behind Italy,
France and Russia. A wildcard helped Travica and
Serbia and Montenegro reach the 2003 World Cup
and this is where he showed his shrewd coaching
style to lead the Blue Team to third place and
an Olympic qualification spot.
Having coached in Italy for many years, Travica
has a fine coaching background and two years
into his new role
he is starting to put all his tricks into use.
His preparation for the Olympics last year
included resting some of his big stars during
the 2004 World League, yet Serbia and Montenegro
still claimed the bronze medal.
After a disappointing Olympics campaign when the
defending champs were knocked out by Russia in
the quarterfinals, now is the time to see if
Travica can work some more of his magic to make
some new names and seasoned stars fire in 2005.