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Mirko Novosel

In basketball, as in life, Mirko Novosel never hesitated to make an immediate and lasting impression. He began his coaching career in 1966 with Lokomotiva of Zagreb in Croatia and as he quickly built that team into a contender Novosel garnered the attention of the Yugoslavian Basketball Federation. His first foray into coaching at the national level was with the Cadet and Junior teams in 1971. In 1973, after being named head coach of the national team, Novosel lead Yugoslavia to the gold medal of the European Championships, a feat he repeated in 1975. One year later, at the 1976 Olympics, Novosel led his countrymen including future Hall of Famers Kresimir Cosic and Drazen Dalipagic to a silver medal finish and followed up that performance by winning the bronze medal at the 1984 Olympic Games. Novosel was a master at getting the most from every player on the 12-man roster and his system of mixing young prospects with veteran players gave his teams stability and continuity that often translated into wins and medals.

Enshrined 2007
Born June 30, 1938 Zagreb, BA
Professional Career Cibona Zagreb Basket Naples Lokomotiva
Career Stats
7 YUGO-CUPS
WITH CIBONA
1969, 1980-82, 1985, 1988
1 OLYMPIC SILVER MEDAL
WITH YUGOSLAVIA
1976
1 OLYMPIC BRONZE MEDAL
WITH YUGOSLAVIA
1984
1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
SILVER MEDAL
WITH YUGOSLAVIA, 1974
2 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
WITH YUGOSLAVIA
1973, 1975
1985 EUROPEAN
COACH OF THE YEAR