Borce Ilievski

Borce Ilievski (born August 3, 1972) is a Macedonian-Icelandic professional basketball coach. He is the head coach of ÍR of the Úrvalsdeild karla. In 2019 he was named the Úrvalsdeild karla Coach of the Year after guiding ÍR to the Úrvalsdeild finals.

Borce Ilievski
ÍR
PositionHead coach
LeagueÚrvalsdeild karla
Personal information
Born (1972-08-03) August 3, 1972 (age 48)
Štip, Macedonia, Yugoslavia
NationalityMacedonian / Icelandic
Career information
Playing career1988–1994
Career history
As player:
1988–1992BC Stip
1992–1993BC Sloga
1993–1994BC Madjari Skopje
As coach:
1998–2003BC Stip
2004–2005BC Polo Trejd
2006KFÍ (assistant)
2006–2010KFÍ
2010–2011Tindastóll
2012Bolungarvík
2012–2014Breiðablik
2015ÍR (assistant)
2015–presentÍR
Career highlights and awards
As coach:

Coaching careerEdit

In 2006, Ilievski was hired as an assistant coach to KFÍ's men's team as well as the head coach of the club's youth program.[1] He took over as head coach of the men's team in end of November 2006 after Baldur Ingi Jónasson resigned.[2] After winning the 1. deild karla with the team in 2010, and achieving promotion to the top-tier Úrvalsdeild karla, Ilievski was not retained by the club at the conclusion of his contract despite also being the 1. deild karla Coach of the Year.[3]

In May 2010, Ilievski went on to sign with Úrvalsdeild club Tindastóll.[4] He guided Tindastóll to a 9th-place finish with a 7–14 record during his first season.[5] He resigned as head coach three games into his second season after a disagreement with board about the need to strengthen the roster.[6]

He guided 2. deild karla club Bolungarvík for the final games of the 2011–2012 season, where the team bowed out in the first round of the playoffs.[7][8]

In June 2012, Ilievski was hired as the head coach of Breiðablik.[9] After guiding the team to a 9–9 record, he received a two-year contract extension in April 2013.[10] In December 2014, he was relieved of his duties as head coach by the board of Breiðablik.[11]

After starting the 2015–2016 as an assistant coach to ÍR, Ilievski was promoted to head coach when Bjarni Magnússon resigned as head coach six games into the season.[12][13] He guided the club to the playoffs during his second season where it was swept by Stjarnan in the first round.[14]

In 2018, Ilievski led ÍR to the second best record in the league.[15] They faced Stjarnan in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year in what turned out to be a heated series. In game three of the series, Stjarnan's Hlynur Bæringsson was fouled hard by ÍR's Ryan Taylor[16] After the game he experienced concussion like symptoms[17] and was ultimately ruled out of game four which Stjarnan eventually lost after Danero Thomas scored the game winning basket at the buzzer.[18] Although Taylor received an unsportsmanlike foul, he was not ejected from the game.[19] After the game he received a three-game suspension from the league.[20] In the semi-finals, ÍR ultimately lost to Tindastóll in four games.[21]

In February 2019, Ilievski led ÍR to the semi-finals of the Icelandic Cup where it faced Stjarnan in a tension filled game were fighting broke out between fans during the game.[22] ÍR ultimately lost the game, 87–73.[23] In the Úrvalsdeild, ÍR finished with the 7th best record and faced second seed Njarðvík in the first round. After losing the first two games in the best-of-five series, ÍR unexpectedly won the next three and knocked out Njarðvík.[24] In the semi-finals, ÍR faced top-seed and heavy title favorites Stjarnan. After losing the first game by 33 points,[25] ÍR bounced back and took the next two games before Stjarnan tying the series with a comfortable 90–75 victory in game four.[26] In game five, ÍR came out on top with an 83–79 victory and advanced to the finals.[27][28] In the finals, ÍR lost 2–3 to KR after leading 2–1. After the season, Ilievski was named as the Úrvalsdeild Coach of the Year.[29]

Head coaching recordEdit

Season Team Tier League Pos. W–L Playoffs Icelandic Cup
2006–07 KFÍ 2 1. deild karla 6th 5–9 DNQ N/A
2007–08 KFÍ 2 1. deild karla 6th 8–10 DNQ 1st Round
2008–09 KFÍ 2 1. deild karla 5th 11–7 Semi-finals 1st Round
2009–10 KFÍ 2 1. deild karla 1st 16–2 N/A 2nd Round
2010–11 Tindastóll 1 Úrvalsdeild karla 9th 7-15 DNQ Semi-finals
2011–12 Tindastóll 1 Úrvalsdeild karla N/A 0-3 N/A N/A
2011–12 Bolungarvík 3 2. deild karla Group B 3rd 1–0 1st Round N/A
2012–13 Breiðablik 2 1. deild karla 6th 9-9 DNQ 1st Round
2013–14 Breiðablik 2 1. deild karla 5th 10-8 1st Round 1st Round
2014–15 Breiðablik 2 1. deild karla N/A 4-5 N/A 1st Round
2015–16 ÍR 1 Úrvalsdeild karla 10th 4-12 DNQ N/A
2016–17 ÍR 1 Úrvalsdeild karla 7th 11-11 1st Round 2nd Round
2017–18 ÍR 1 Úrvalsdeild karla 2nd 16-6 Semi-finals 3rd Round
2018–19 ÍR 1 Úrvalsdeild karla 7th 10-12 Finals Semi-finals
2019–20 ÍR 1 Úrvalsdeild karla 7th 11-10 Canceled1 1st round

NotesEdit

1Playoffs and final regular season game canceled because of the COVID-19 outbreak in Iceland.[30]

Titles and awardsEdit

TitlesEdit

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Baldur hættir sem þjálfari KFÍ". karfan.is (in Icelandic). 28 November 2006. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  3. ^ Sigurður Elvar Þórólfsson (6 October 2010). "Langelstur í liðinu". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 19 April 2019.
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