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Veljko Mršić (pronounced [vèljko mȑšić];[1] born 13 April 1971) is a Croatian professional basketball coach and former player. He currently serves as a head coach for the Croatian national basketball team.

Veljko Mršić
Personal information
Born (1971-04-13) 13 April 1971 (age 48)
Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalityCroatian
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1993 / Undrafted
Playing career1989–2005
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Coaching career2006–present
Career history
As player:
1989Borac Čapljina
1989–1995Cibona
1996Nesas
1996–1997Žalgiris Kaunas
1997–1998Cibona
1998–1999Varese
1999–2002Málaga
2002Olympiacos
2002–2003Casademont Girona
2003Pippo Milano
2003Granada
2004Split
2004Ülkerspor
2004–2005Kyiv
As coach:
2006Split
2007Varese
2007–2008Varese (assistant)
2011–2012Cedevita (juniors)
2012Cibona
2013–2015Cedevita (assistant)
2015–2017Cedevita
2017–2018Bilbao Basket
2019–presentCroatia
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As head coach:

Professional playing careerEdit

ClubsEdit

Mršić was a member of the FIBA European Selection team, in 1995.

Croatian national teamEdit

Mršić was a member of the senior Croatian national basketball team. With Croatia, he won the bronze medal at the 1994 FIBA World Championship. he also won the bronze medal at the EuroBasket 1993, and the EuroBasket 1995. He also played at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, at the EuroBasket 1999, and at the EuroBasket 2001.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

Split (2006)Edit

Mršić started his coaching career in Split. In June 2006 he was named the head coach of the club, but after poor results in the NLB League, he was sacked on December 13, 2006.

Varese (2007–2008)Edit

After sacking in Split, Mršić became a head coach for the Pallacanestro Varese of the Serie A, but in an each year, he left the head coach position and worked as an assistant coach to 2008.

Cedevita (2011–2012; 2013–2017)Edit

In 2011, Mršić became a head coach for Cedevita juniors, with whom he won the Croatian Championship for juniors. Later, Mršić working as the assistant coach of the Cedevita head coach Jasmin Repeša. In the end of 2014–15 season, Mršić was named the new head coach of Cedevita. In the 2015–16 season, he became the Croatian League champion, and he finished the ABA League in the semifinals. In the next season, Cedevita again became the Croatian League champion, and was eliminated in the ABA League Final by Crvena zvezda. In May 2017, Mršić was sacked by club.

Cibona (2012)Edit

On June 11, 2012, Mršić was named the head coach for Cibona of the Croatian League and the ABA League. He signed for three years, after Jasmin Repeša left the club, but on November 26, 2012, after Crvena zvezda beat Cibona, who continues the negative sequence, Mršić was sacked.

Bilbao Basket (2017–2018)Edit

On November 27, 2017, Mršić was named the new head coach of the Spanish club Bilbao Basket.[3] On April 30, 2018, Mršić parted ways with the Spanish team.[4]

Croatia (2019–present)Edit

On May 2, 2019, Mršić was named a new head coach for the Croatian national basketball team, parting ways with Cedevita, where he worked as the sports director.[5] As the head coach, he debuted at the 2019 NBA Summer League, while on July 24, 2019, he celebrated the 2019 Stanković Cup.[6][7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Veljko - Hrvatski jezični portal". hjp. znanje.hr. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  2. ^ Veljko MRSIC.
  3. ^ "Veljko Mrsic named Bilbao Basket head coach". Sportando. 27 November 2017. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Bilbao Basket parts ways with Veljko Mrsic, promotes Jaka Lakovic as head coach". Sportando. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Veljko Mršić je novi izbornik hrvatske košarkaške reprezentacije". sport.hrt.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Izbornik Mršić: "Dat ćemo sve od sebe i pokušati osvojiti Kup Borislava Stankovića"". hks-cbf.hr (in Croatian). 21 July 2019. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Hrvatska osvojila Stankovićev Kup!". crosarka.com (in Croatian). 24 July 2019. Retrieved 24 July 2019.

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