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Ivica Skelin (born 19 September 1973) is a Croatian professional basketball coach. Born in Split, he worked as coach in Croatia, Belgium and the Netherlands. Skelin was the head coach of the Croatia national team in 2016 and 2017.

Ivica Skelin
Personal information
Born (1973-09-19) 19 September 1973 (age 45)
Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
PositionHead coach
Coaching career2001–present
Career history
As coach:
2001–2004Verviers-Pepinster (assistant)
2008–2010Leuven Bears
2011–2012Spirou Charleroi (assistant)
2011–2014Croatia (assistant)
2012–2015GasTerra Flames / Donar
2016–2017Croatia (assistant)
2018–2019New Heroes Den Bosch
Career highlights and awards



Early yearsEdit

Skelin started his coaching career with Verviers-Pepinster in Belgium as an assistant-coach in 2001. He was assistant-coach till 2004, after that year he coached youth teams for the Belgian club. In 2005, Skelin became head coach of KK Split in Croatia. He coached the team one year, after that season he went back to Verviers-Pepinster this time as an assistant-coach. He was head coach for two seasons for Verviers-Pepinster. From 2008 till 2010, Skelin was the head coach of the Leuven Bears, also from Belgium. In 2010 he returned to Verviers-Pepinster once again for one season as head coach.


After being an assistant-coach with Belgian club Spirou in the 2010–11 season, Skelin became the head coach of Dutch club GasTerra Flames of the Dutch Basketball League (DBL) in December 2012. Skelin was signed as a replacement for coach Hakim Salem, fired due to disappointing results.[1] After the season, he signed an extension for two more years with the club.[2] In the 2013–14 season, Skeloin won the "double", both the DBL and NBB Cup, with the Flames.


Skelin signed as the head coach of his home town Split of the Croatian League in November 2015.[3]

From 2011 to 2014, and from 2016 to 2017 he worked as an assistant coach for the Croatian national team under the coaching staff of Josip Vranković, Jasmin Repeša and under the coaching staff of Aleksandar Petrović, together with Dražen Anzulović. On September 15, 2017 he was named the head coach for the Croatian national team, after departure of Aleksandar Petrović.[4] He was sacked by Croatian Basketball Federation in March 2018. On 29 May 2018, he left Split.

Return to the NetherlandsEdit

On 4 September 2018, Skelin returned to the Netherlands by signing a one-year contract with New Heroes Den Bosch.[5] Under Skelin, the Heroes finished third in the regular season and were eliminated in the semi-finals by later champions Landstede. His contract was not renewed after the season.

Coaching recordEdit

Dutch Basketball LeagueEdit

Including regular season games.

Team Year G W L W–L% Result
GasTerra Flames 2012–13 36 26 10 .722 Eliminated in semi-finals
GasTerra Flames 2013–14 36 32 4 .889 Champions
Donar 2014–15 28 21 7 .750 Eliminated in finals
Career 100 79 21 .790


  1. ^ "GasTerra Flames krijgt Ivica Skelin als coach [GasTerra Flames gets Ivica Skelin as head coach]" (in Dutch).
  2. ^ "Ivica Skelin twee jaar langer bij Flames [Ivica Skelin two years longer with Flames]" (in Dutch). 2013-06-07.
  3. ^ "Ivica Skelin na klupi 'žutih' umjesto Ivice Burića" (in Croatian). 2015-11-05. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  4. ^ "Ivica Skelin becomes Croatia's new head coach". 2017-09-16. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  5. ^ Noord, RTV (3 September 2018). "Ivica Skelin gaat bij Den Bosch aan de slag". RTV Noord (in Dutch). Retrieved 4 September 2018.