Mirko Novosel

Mirko Novosel (born 30 June 1938) is a Croatian former professional basketball coach and player.

Mirko Novosel
Personal information
Born (1938-06-30) 30 June 1938 (age 82)
Zagreb, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Career information
Playing career1952–1966
PositionHead coach
Coaching career1967–1993
Career history
As player:
As coach:
1971–1972Yugoslavia (juniors)
1980Yugoslavia (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As head coach
Basketball Hall of Fame as coach
FIBA Hall of Fame as coach

Novosel coached some of the greatest players in former Yugoslavia and Croatia, such as Croatian Hall of Fame players Krešimir Ćosić and Dražen Petrović. He was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as a coach, on 7 September 2007. He was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame, as a coach, in 2010.

Playing careerEdit

Novosel played club basketball, from 1952 to 1966, with Lokomotiva Zagreb.

Coaching careerEdit


Novosel coached Cibona to two Yugoslav League titles, seven Yugoslav Cups, and two European Champions Cup (EuroLeague) titles in 1985 and 1986, when he was named the European Coach of the Year.

Yugoslav national teamEdit

As a head coach, Novosel led the senior men's Yugoslavian national team to the silver medal at the 1974 FIBA World Championship, the silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics, and the bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics.

Croatian national teamEdit

Novosel was also the head coach for the senior men's Croatian national team. As a head coach, he won a bronze medal at the EuroBasket 1993.

Career achievementsEdit

Club careerEdit

See alsoEdit

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