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(E) Bogdan Jovicic - Olympic/College Basketball Coach Dies
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  03/13/2004 | In Memoriam | Unrated
(E) Bogdan Jovicic - Olympic/College Basketball Coach Dies


Bogdan Jovicic, 52

The following obituary appeared in today's Poughkeepsie Journal from
Poughkeepsie, New York.

John Kraljic

Saturday, March 13, 2004

Longtime official at Marist dies
Administrator was an ex-coach
By Kathianne Boniello
Poughkeepsie Journal

The Marist College athletic community was in mourning Friday after a
longtime staff member was found dead in his City of Poughkeepsie home.

Bogdan Jovicic, 52, an assistant athletic director and former basketball
coach, had worked at the Poughkeepsie college since at least the mid-1980s.
He was described as a kind man who worked with many of the school's

''He was really well-liked a great deal by all the members of my department
and all the Marist athletes and all the students,'' said Marist Athletic
Director Tim Murray, who added Jovicic was overseeing the college's
recreational and intramural sports at the time of his death. ''He was a
hard-working, caring person.''

City of Poughkeepsie police are investigating the cause of Jovicic's death,
Detective Lt. William Siegrist said. An autopsy is scheduled for 9 a.m.

Police canvassed the quiet neighborhood on Clark Street Friday afternoon as
drivers slowed down to stare at the home, where a crime scene unit van was
parked in the driveway. The front yard and home were blocked off from the
street by crime scene tape.

Coached in Olympics

Jovicic, a native of Croatia, spoke four languages and was the assistant
coach for the 1984 Yugoslavian Olympic basketball team, according to his
Marist biography. He worked with the Marist men's basketball team in the
mid-1980s and served as an international recruiter.

Jovicic joined the school's administration during the 1989-90 basketball
season, Marist officials said.

Marist men's basketball coach Dave Magarity worked with Jovicic and called
him ''a terrific person.

''(He was) just a very kind-hearted, caring man,'' Magarity said Friday. ''I
just enjoyed being around him. He was a good guy, just a good, good guy.''

Women's basketball coach Brian Giorgis said Jovicic was caring, quiet and

''He went about his business in a very behind the scenes, quiet manner, but
just very, very friendly,'' Giorgis said. ''He will be missed.''

Journal staff writer Roderick Boone contributed to this report.

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