Jasmin Repeša – Great coach at 40

Only two Croatian coaches led their teams in the Euroleague Final Four in last 15 years, and one of them was Jasmin Repeša. As a young coach with a young team of Skipper, Repeša qualified for Final Four of the most elite European competition a

objavljeno 29.04.'05.; autor: Krunoslav Cukrov
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Only two Croatian coaches led their teams in the Euroleague Final Four in last 15 years, and one of them was Jasmin Repeša. As a young coach with a young team of Skipper, Repeša qualified for Final Four of the most elite European competition and confirmed his qualities and potential.

Since he is only 44 years old, backed-up with his success, Repeša is recognized as one of the leaders of the young generation of European basketball coaches. In a time when instant success is the most wanted merchandise, he’s successful in achieving that. There aren’t many coaches who can stay in one club for more than one season, but Repeša’s results ensure him that. Everywhere, but Croatia.

Repeša brings success to his teams very quickly. Less than a year with Skipper (now called Climamio) young Croatian coach brought wins from away games against CSKA and Maccabi, top favorites in the Euroleague. That same season 2003/04 he was the youngest coach (42 years old; 10 years younger than any others) in the Final Four tournament which took place in Tel Aviv.

Maybe because of his young age this coach born in Čapljina never got a chance to lead in continuity one team from Croatia. Although in Cibona he slightly opened his doors to the big scene, it seemed as if they never gave him enough credit. He coached Cibona and Split in Croatia, and also won bronze medal for Croatian national team as an assistant coach in Greece 1995, but they never had enough patience with him.

He appeared on the big stage as very young coach (34) when he got a chance to lead the best Croatian club Cibona. Although only with one year of coaching experience in national championship, he won national titles and justified his place on the bench. Despite that, he didn’t stay much longer than a season.

But it seems that he is more appreciated outside Croatia where he got real chances to show his talents. Chances that Repeša took. He spent three seasons (1997-2000) in Tofas where he won two Turkish Cup titles. After that, in search of bigger challenges, he moved through Split, Polish Slask and again Cibona to end up in Bologna. Once called Paf and Skipper, now Climamio, this team has big goals and Repeša is fulfilling them for the third straight year.
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