Bogdan Tanjevic was born in Pljevlja, Montenegro on 13 January 1947. As a youngster he played volleyball and basketball for OKK Beograd. He began his coaching career in 1971 and spent 10 years at KK Bosna, guiding them to European Champions Cup success in 1979, when they beat Varese in the final. In 1980 he was appointed as coach of Yugoslavia and in 1982 he joined JuveCaserta, whom he took from A-2 to the Scudetto final. He subsequently coached Trieste (where he obtained Italian citizenship and has lived for many years), Olimpia Milano (winning the Scudetto in 1996) and Limoges (France). In 1997 he was named head coach of Italy, with whom he won gold at the 1999 European Championship in Paris. He later coached Buducnost, ASVEL, Virtus Bologna and Fenerbahce at club level, as well as the national teams of Turkey and Montenegro. In 2016 he was inducted into the Italian Basketball Hall of Fame.