Ivica Skelin

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Ivica Skelin
New Heroes
Position Head coach
League Dutch Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1973-09-19) September 19, 1973 (age 45)
Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatian
Coaching career 2001–present
Career history
As coach:
2001–2004 Verviers-Pepinster (assistant)
2005–2006 Split
2006–2008 Verviers-Pepinster
2008–2010 Leuven Bears
2010–2011 Verviers-Pepinster
2011–2012 Spirou Charleroi (assistant)
2011–2014 Croatia (assistant)
2012–2015 GasTerra Flames / Donar
2015–2018 Split
2016–2017 Croatia (assistant)
2017–2018 Croatia
2018–present New Heroes Den Bosch
Career highlights and awards

Ivica Skelin (born September 19, 1973) is a Croatian basketball coach for New Heroes of the Dutch Basketball League.


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 Spirou Basket Charleroi in the 2010-11 season, he became the head coach of Dutch club GasTerra Flames that plays in the Dutch Basketball League in December 2012 as a replacement for fired coach Hakim Salem.[1] After the season, he signed an extension for two more years with the club.[2] In the 2013–14 season he won the double – both the Dutch Basketball League and NBB Cup – with the Flames.

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

From 2011 to 2014 he worked as the assistant coach of the Croatia national basketball team under coaching staff of Josip Vranković (2011) and Jasmin Repeša (2012–2014), and from 2016 to 2017 under coaching staff of Aleksandar Petrović with Dražen Anzulović.

On September 15, 2017 he was named the head coach of 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.

On September 4, 2018, Skelin returned to the Netherlands by signing a one-year contract with New Heroes.[5]-


  1. ^ "GasTerra Flames krijgt Ivica Skelin als coach [GasTerra Flames gets Ivica Skelin as head coach]" (in Dutch). Veendammer.nl. 
  2. ^ "Ivica Skelin twee jaar langer bij Flames [Ivica Skelin two years longer with Flames]" (in Dutch). Oogtv.nl. 2013-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Ivica Skelin na klupi 'žutih' umjesto Ivice Burića" (in Croatian). Slobodnadalmacija.hr. 2015-11-05. Retrieved 2017-10-19. 
  4. ^ "Ivica Skelin becomes Croatia's new head coach". Eurohoops.net. 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.