Brynjar Karl Sigurðsson

Brynjar Karl Sigurðsson (born 17 September 1973) is an Icelandic business man, basketball coach and former player. He played several seasons in the Icelandic top-tier Úrvalsdeild karla and was a member of the Icelandic national team. Following his basketball career, he founded the company Sideline Sports which designed coaching software used by the Premier League, NBA and the NFL.[1][2] A controversial figure in Iceland, he has been scrutinized for his coaching methods[3] and fight with the Icelandic Basketball Association to let his junior women's team compete in boys tournaments.[4][5][6][7] In February 2021, the documentary Raise the bar which follows him and his girls teams, premiered in Iceland.[8]

Brynjar Karl Sigurðsson
Aþena-UMFK
PositionHead coach
League1. deild kvenna
Personal information
Born (1973-09-17) 17 September 1973 (age 48)
Reykjavík, Iceland
NationalityIcelandic
Listed height190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Listed weight82 kg (181 lb)
Career information
High schoolAssumption High School
CollegeUAM (1998–1999)
Playing career1989–2001
2009
PositionForward
Career history
As player:
1989–1991ÍR
1992Valur
1992–1993Breiðablik
1993–1994Valur
1994–1995ÍA
1995–1996Valur
1996–1997ÍA
1997–1998Valur
1999–2000ÍA
2000Valur
2001ÍA
2009FSu
As coach:
2001ÍA
2005–2009FSu
2021–presentAþena-UMFK
Career Úrvalsdeild karla statistics
Points2,115 (13.1 ppg)
Rebounds437 (4.0 rpg)
Games162

Early lifeEdit

Brynjar was born in Breiðholt, Reykjavík in 1973. He started training basketball at the age of 9.[2]

Basketball careerEdit

Club careerEdit

Brynjar spent most of his career with Valur and ÍA. In 1996, he was slated to play for freshly promoted KFÍ during the 1996-97 season[9] but he eventually signed back with ÍA.[10] In January 2001, Brynjar transferred from Valur to ÍA, which by then was playing in the second-tier 1. deild karla.[11] He appeared in four games the rest of the season, averaging 27.3 points per game.[12] The following season, he averaged 32.2 points in five games as a player-coach.[13] He resigned in December the same year due to unpaid salary from the club.[14]

In 2009, Brynjar had a short comeback in with FSu, for whom he was the head coach, when he scored 20 points in a loss against Snæfell.[15]

National team careerEdit

Brynjar played 11 games for the Icelandic national team from 1994 to 1995.[16]

Coaching careerEdit

In May 2001, Brynjar was hired as a player-coach for ÍA.[17] He resigned in December the same year due to unpaid salary.[14] In 2005, he founded the FSu basketball academy in Selfoss.[18] In 2008, he guided the team to promotion to the top-tier Úrvalsdeild karla after beating Valur in the 1. deild karla promotion playoffs.[19]

In 2021, he became the head coach of 1. deild kvenna club Aþena-UMFK.[20]

Handball careerEdit

In 2011, Brynjar was selected to Valur's roster for its game against Akureyri in the Icelandic Handball Cup finals despite never having played professional handball before.[21] The game plan was for him to see spot minutes as a defender in the first half but due to Valur playing a man short for an extended amount of time, he eventually did not see any playing time in Valur's 26-24 win.[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sigurður Elvar Þórólfsson (19 November 2007). "LeBron James er leikgreindur á Selfossi". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  2. ^ a b Pétur Blöndal (19 February 2012). "Þessi stórkostlega þjáning". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). pp. 16–17. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  3. ^ Einar Þorsteinsson; Róbert Jóhannsson (18 February 2021). "Þarft að vita hvar línan er og byggja upp traust". RÚV (in Icelandic). Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  4. ^ Jakob Bjarnar (18 February 2021). "Brynjar þjálfari hvetur Viðar prófessor til að vinna heimavinnuna". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  5. ^ Valur Páll Eiríksson (22 May 2019). "Málið litið alvarlegum augum innan KKÍ". RÚV (in Icelandic). Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  6. ^ Henry Birgir Gunnarsson (22 May 2019). "Fréttaskýring: Hvað gerir umdeildasti körfuboltaþjálfari landsins næst?". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  7. ^ Ágúst Borgþór Sverrisson (14 February 2021). "Kjaftstopp yfir framferði liðsins og þá sérstaklega þjálfarans". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  8. ^ Kristín Ólafsdóttir (18 February 2021). ""Umdeildasti körfuboltaþjálfari landsins" og stelpurnar hans". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Brynjar Karl til Ísafjarðar". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 11 June 1996. p. 8B. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  10. ^ "Brynjar með ÍA". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). 12 August 1996. p. 21. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Brynjar Karl til Noregs". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 10 February 2001. p. B1. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  12. ^ "2000-2001 1. deild karla - ÍA" (in Icelandic). Icelandic Basketball Association.
  13. ^ "2001-2002 1. deild karla - ÍA" (in Icelandic). Icelandic Basketball Association. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  14. ^ a b "Slæmur skellur hjá ÍA". Skessuhorn (in Icelandic). 20 December 2001. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  15. ^ "Brynjar Karl tók fram keppnisskóna". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 14 November 2009. p. E3. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  16. ^ "A landslið". kki.is (in Icelandic). Icelandic Basketball Association. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  17. ^ "Brynjar í stað Brynjars". Skessuhorn (in Icelandic). 10 May 2001. p. 14. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  18. ^ "FIBA styrkir íslenskan þjálfunarhugbúnað". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 14 February 2006. p. 20. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  19. ^ "FSu í úrvalsdeildina í körfu karl". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 2 April 2008. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  20. ^ Jóhann Ingi Hafþórsson (5 July 2021). "Fjandsamlegt umhverfi fyrir nýja klúbba". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  21. ^ "Með körfuboltakappa í hópnum". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 28 February 2011. p. 24. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  22. ^ "Brynjar Karl Sigurðsson". Fréttablaðið (in Icelandic). 28 February 2011. p. 24. Retrieved 18 February 2021.

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