Ivica Skelin

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Ivica Skelin
Polski Cukier Toruń
Position Head coach
League PLK
Personal information
Born (1973-09-19) 19 September 1973 (age 47)
Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
NationalityCroatian
Coaching career2001–present
Career history
As coach:
2001–2004 Verviers-Pepinster (assistant)
2005–2006 Split
2006–2008Verviers-Pepinster
2008–2010 Leuven Bears
2010–2011Verviers-Pepinster
2011–2012 Spirou Charleroi (assistant)
2011–2014 Croatia (assistant)
2012–2015 GasTerra Flames / Donar
2015–2018Split
2016–2017Croatia (assistant)
2017–2018Croatia
2018–2019 New Heroes Den Bosch
2019–2021Split
2021–present Polski Cukier Toruń
Career highlights and awards
As head coach

Ivica Skelin (born 19 September 1973) is a Croatian professional basketball coach who is the current head coach for Polski Cukier Toruń of the Polish Basketball League.

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Coaching career

Early years

Skelin started his club coaching career with Verviers-Pepinster in Belgium as an assistant coach in 2001, at which position he served until 2004, after that he coached youth teams for the Belgian club.

In 2005 Skelin was named the head coach of KK Split. He coached the team one year, after that he went back to Verviers-Pepinster, this time as head coach serving for two seasons.

From 2008 to 2010 he was the head coach of the Leuven Bears. In 2010 he returned to Verviers-Pepinster once again for one season as head coach.

Netherlands

After being named as an assistant coach with the Belgian club Spirou in the 2010–11 season Skelin became the head coach for the 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, Skelin won the double, both the DBL and NBB Cup, with the Flames.

Split

Skelin signed as head coach of his hometown club Split once again, in November 2015. [3] On 29 May 2018 his contract expired and he left the club and was replaced by new coach Vladimir Anzulović. [4]

Return to the Netherlands

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

Return to Split

On 8 December 2019 following the departure of Ante Grgurević, Skelin was appointed as the head coach of Split for the third time in his coaching career. [6] Under his leadership the club managed to secure its place in the 2020–21 ABA League First Division and win the second place of the 2021 Croatian National Cup.

On 17 February 2021 following a 70–79 loss to Zadar in the national cup final, Skelin was fired from Split. [7] [8]

Polski Cukier Toruń

On June 9, 2021, he has signed with Polski Cukier Toruń of the Polish Basketball League. [9]

Coaching record

Dutch Basketball League

Including regular season games.

TeamYearGWLWL%Result
GasTerra Flames 2012–13 362610.722Eliminated in semi-finals
GasTerra Flames 2013–14 36324.889Champions
Donar 2014–15 28217.750Eliminated in finals
Career1007921.790

National team coaching

Croatia

From 2011 to 2014 and again from 2016 to 2017 Skelin served as an assistant coach of the senior Croatia men's national team under head coaches Josip Vranković, Jasmin Repeša and Aleksandar Petrović.

On 15 September 2017 following unsuccessful EuroBasket tournament and departure of Aleksandar Petrović, Skelin was named the head coach of the Croatia national team. [10] He was sacked by the Croatian Basketball Federation on 8 March 2018. [11]

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References

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  2. "Ivica Skelin twee jaar langer bij Flames" [Ivica Skelin two years longer with Flames]. Oogtv.nl (in Dutch). 7 June 2013.
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  11. "Ivica Skelin više nije izbornik hrvatske košarkaške reprezentacije!" (in Croatian). Direktno. 8 March 2018. Retrieved 20 September 2020.