Nikola Petrovic enters his second season on James Finley's staff in 2012 and boasts a successful two-decade coaching career in the United States and Europe. In addition to his duties as the Rams' top assistant, Petrovic also serves as VCU's recruiting coordinator.
Petrovic joined the Rams in time for the 2011 season and was instramental in VCU's 17-win campaign, capped by an appearance in the Colonial Athletic Association Championship Match. Under his tutelage, three Rams earned All-CAA honors in 2011, including breakout freshman Cecilia Aragao, who was named to the league's All-Rookie Team, as well as to the CAA All-Tournament Team.
During the 2005-06 school year, Petrovic served as an assistant coach – and was later elevated to interim head coach - at UAB. Petrovic recruited four All-Conference USA players to Birmingham, including three student-athletes that went on to win All-AVCA honors. Petrovic helped lead the Blazers to a 14-13 mark that season, the school's best record in 10 years.
Prior to his UAB tenure, Petrovic served as an assistant coach at Barton Country Community College in 2004, where he helped guide the school to an 18-9 mark.
Petrovic began his coaching career with Red Star Volleyball, a professional club based out of Belgrade, Serbia, where he coached and served as camp director from 1993-2000.