Ivan Mrázek

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Ivan Mrázek
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Ivo “Ivan” Mrázek in 2014
Personal information
Born(1926-01-18)18 January 1926
Brno, Czechoslovakia
Died4 April 2019(2019-04-04) (aged 93)
Listed height5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)
Listed weight165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
Playing career1946–1957
Position Point guard
Coaching career1957–1970
Career history
As player:
1946–1957 BC Brno
As coach:
1957–1969 BC Brno
1960, 1963 Czechoslovakia
1969–1970 Petrarca Padova
Career highlights and awards
As player

As head coach

Ivan Mrázek (18 January 1926 – 4 April 2019) was a Czech professional basketball player and coach. At 5'7 12" (1.71 m) tall, he was a point guard. He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players, in 1991.

Czechoslovakia 1918–1992 country in Central Europe, predecessor of the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Czechoslovakia, or Czecho-Slovakia, was a sovereign state in Central Europe that existed from October 1918, when it declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until its peaceful dissolution into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on 1 January 1993.

Basketball team sport played on a court with baskets on either end

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.

Point guard basketball position

The point guard (PG), also called the one or point, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. A point guard has perhaps the most specialized role of any position. Point guards are expected to run the team's offense by controlling the ball and making sure that it gets to the right player at the right time. Above all, the point guard must totally understand and accept their coach's game plan; in this way, the position can be compared to a quarterback in American football or a playmaker in association football (soccer). While the point guard must understand and accept the coach's gameplan, they must also be able to adapt to what the defense is allowing, and they also must control the pace of the game.


He was born Ivo, but called Ivan by many, including his mother. [1]

Mrázek died on April 4, 2019. He was 93 years old.

Playing career

Club career

In his club career, Mrázek won 6 Czechoslovak League championships (1947, 1948 2×, 1949, 1950, 1951).

Sports club organization for the purpose of playing one or more sports

A sports club or sporting club, sometimes athletics club or sports society or sports association, is a group of people formed for the purpose of playing sports.

Czechoslovakia national team

Mrázek helped lead the senior Czechoslovakia national team to a EuroBasket gold medal at the EuroBasket 1946, as well as to three EuroBasket silver medals, in 1947, 1951, and 1955. Mrázek was the MVP and Top scorer of EuroBasket 1951. He also represented Czechoslovakia in two Summer Olympic Games, in 1948 and 1952. [2]

Czechoslovakia national basketball team mens national basketball team representing Czechoslovakia

The Czechoslovak national basketball team was the basketball side that represented Czechoslovakia in international competitions. After the Dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993, the Czech Republic and Slovakia set up their own national teams.

EuroBasket European basketball tournament for national teams

EuroBasket, also commonly referred to as the European Basketball Championship, is the main international basketball competition that is contested biannually, by the senior men's national teams that are governed by FIBA Europe, which is the European zone within the International Basketball Federation.

The 1946 FIBA European Championship, commonly called FIBA EuroBasket 1946, was the fourth FIBA EuroBasket regional basketball championship, held by FIBA Europe and the first since 1939 due to World War II. Ten national teams affiliated with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) took part in the competition. Switzerland hosted the tournament for a second time, as the championship returned to Geneva.

Coaching career

In his head coaching career, Mrázek was a 6 time Czechoslovak League champion (1958, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1968).

A head coach, senior coach, or manager is a professional at training and developing athletes. They typically hold a more public profile and are paid more than other coaches. In some sports, the head coach is instead called the "manager", as in association football and professional baseball. In other sports such as Australian rules football, the head coach is generally termed a senior coach.

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  2. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Ivan Mrázek Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC . Retrieved 13 June 2018.