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Mirko Novosel
PositionHonorary president
LeagueHT Premijer liga
ABA League
Personal information
Born(1938-06-30)30 June 1938
Zagreb, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Died20 July 2023(2023-07-20) (aged 85)
Career information
Playing career1952–1966
Coaching career1967–1993
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
As head coach
Basketball Hall of Fame as coach
FIBA Hall of Fame as coach
Men's basketball
Head Coach for  Yugoslavia
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1976 Montreal
Bronze medal – third place 1984 Los Angeles
FIBA World Cup
Silver medal – second place 1974 Puerto Rico
Gold medal – first place 1973 Spain
Gold medal – first place 1975 Yugoslavia
Head Coach for  Croatia
Bronze medal – third place 1993 Germany

Mirko Novosel (30 June 1938 – 20 July 2023) was a Croatian professional basketball coach and player.

Novosel coached some of the greatest players in former Yugoslavia and Croatia, such as Croatian Hall of Fame players Krešimir Ćosić and Dražen Petrović. He was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as a coach, on 7 September 2007. He was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame, as a coach, in 2010.

Playing career

Novosel played club basketball, from 1952 to 1966, with Lokomotiva Zagreb.

Coaching career

Novosel coached Cibona to two Yugoslav League titles, seven Yugoslav Cups, and the two European Champions Cup titles in 1985 and 1986, when he was named the European Coach of the Year.

National team coaching career

As the head coach, Novosel led the senior men's Yugoslav national team to the gold medals at the 1973 FIBA European Championship and the 1975 FIBA European Championship, the silver medal at the 1974 FIBA World Championship, the silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics, and the bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics.

Novosel was also the head coach of the senior men's Croatia national team, leading them to the bronze medal at the 1993 European Championship.


Mirko Novosel died on 20 July 2023, at the age of 85.[1]

Career achievements

Club career

See also


  1. ^ Preminuo Mirko Novosel (in Croatian)