Friday, June 11, 2010

Vlaho "Bata" Orlic: In memoriam

Vlaho "Bata" Orlic, (1934-2010) the mentor of Yugoslavian Water Polo, was born into the historic Adriatic city of Kotor. He studied medical doctor but he never practiced medicine devoting his entire life to coaching. Vlaho "Bata" Orlic, was the creator of the epic team of Partizan Belgrade, winning six European National Champions cups in the 70's. He coached the National team of Yugoslavia in Munich 1972 and Montreal 1976. Considered as one of the most brilliant Water Polo minds in the World, he brought Yugoslavia on the top, while he educated with care, many ex-athletes and promising young coaches such as (and among many others) Ratko Rudic and Nicola Stamenic. Stamenic said about him: Mr. Orlic is a genius and not just in Water polo; He has a unique perspective, a different way of looking at things. He presents things in a way and makes me think. He will never say: Do this or do that. He stands on ethics. There is no question of his motives, honesty and integrity"