Renowned European coach Zarkovic joins Hawai’i as assistant to be with son

The former head coach of the Serbian Junior Men’s National Team and the Belarus Men’s National Team will now join the Hawai’i coaching staff to coach his son.

Hawai’i announced Wednesday that it hired Milan Zarkovic as its newest assistant coach for the upcoming season.


Zarkovic served as the head coach of the Serbian Men’s Junior National Team since 2001 and guided the team to a bronze medal at the 2011 Junior World Championship. In addition, he spent two years coaching the Belarus Men’s National Team from 2011-12.

“I am thrilled to have Milan join our staff,” Hawai’i head coach Charlie Wade said in a statement. “He has decades of coaching experience at the highest levels, all over the world. He is a fantastic teacher of the game both technically and tactically and his positive energy in the practice gym is infectious.”

Along with his coaching career, Zarkovic played in 67 matches for the Serbian National Team and played professional volleyball overseas throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

This coaching move also will pair Milan Zarkovic on the same team with his son and outside attacker Sinisa Zarkovic. Sinisa Zarkovic last season earned Freshman All-MPSF honors and helped lead the Rainbow Warriors to a berth in the conference tournament.

Hawai’i returns all but one starter from last year’s team and was ranked No. 13 in the preseason national coaches poll. In addition, the Rainbow Warriors were picked to finish the MPSF in ninth place in the conference preseason poll released Thursday.