Svetislav Pesic was born in Novi Sad, now part of Serbia, on 28 August 1949 and he has vast experience as a coach. He started on the sidelines at Bosna Sarajevo (1982-87) before becoming German national team coach until 1993, claiming the European Championship title in that time. From 1993 to 2000 he was in charge at Alba Berlin where he won 4 German league titles, 2 cups and the Korac Cup.
From 2000 to 2002 he was national coach for the former Yugoslavia, winning the European Championship in 2001 and the World Championships in 2002. In the 2001-02 season he was coach of Cologne.
Pesic started his first spell as Barça Lassa coach in 2002. With Pesic in charge Barça claimed their very first ever Euroleague title in 2003 with the Final Four being played in the Palau Sant Jordi. His first season also saw the team claim the ACB League title and the Copa del Rey. In 2003/04 Barça Lassa retained their league title under Pesic.
The Serbian coach moved on to coach Virtus Roma (2004-06), CB Girona (2006-07, Dynamo Moscow (2007-08), Crvena Zvezda (2008-09 and 2011-12), Valencia (2010-11) and Bayern Munich, his last team from 2012-2016 where he won the German League once again.
FC Barcelona reached an agreement with Svetislav Pesic for his return to the club on 9 February 2018