Created on 2015-07-16 at 10:00 AM
FC Bayern Basketball have extended the contract of youth coach Oliver Kostic for another two years until 2017. The 42-year-old led the U19 team of FCBB to a championship last year. The win was the first title for the youth program of Bayern. Introduced in 2011, the structured program is starting to produce players who will play for the first team. Karim Jallow, 18 Dejan Kovacevic, 18 and Sebastian Schmitt, 19 have signed professional contracts from Oliver Kostic’s championship team. These three are the first three to make it into the first team from the youth program.
“First of all, we are very happy that Oliver Kostic extended his contract for another two years. The fact that our youth players can work with a coach of his caliber is great,” said Bayern Chief Executive Marko Pesic. “He showed what he was worth this year as he won the NBBL title, which makes us very happy at the club. Additionally we are proud that Karim, Dejan and Basti are the first three players to break into the first team from our youth system. They will play with some of the best and gain vital experience. It also shows how great Oliver Kostic and Berthold Bisselik really are.”
Kostic has already coached a handful of professional teams but will remain as the U19 team coach. Last season, the U19 team won 21 games and only lost five games. Karim Jallow, Dejan Kovacevic and Sebastian Schmitt will split their time between the U19 and helping out coach Svetislav Pesic in the first team.
“I would like to thank FC Bayern for trusting me and I am very happy that I will remain a part of the Bayern family,” said Oliver Kostic after signing his extension. “It is great to work here and having my full coaching staff on board has made it easy to stay in Munich. I’m going to do everything to further develop our upcoming talent.”
The rise of youth talent into the FCBB first team is something new. Guard Karim Jallow and Power Forward Dejan Kovacevic are both 18-years-old and born in Munich. Jallow has been with Bayern for nine years already and most recently played for the Germany U18 team. At the start of the year Kovacevic made his first appearance for the Germany U20 team. Kovacevic isn’t the only one to play for the U20 team; 19-year-old point guard Sebastian Schmitt is also on the team. In 2010, Schmitt was brought to Bayern from sister club SB DJK Rosenheim. Schmitt captained the U19 side this previous season.
Oliver Kostic, born in 1973 was a former professional player at KK Bosna Royal. From 1998 until 2002, Kostic was the coach of the youth national team of the former Yugoslavia. As an assistant coach, Kostic has seen it all, having stints in Rome, Moscow, Belgrade and Kaunas. In the Bundesliga, Kostic was an assistant for Mitteldeutscher BC from 2003-2004, and a Braunschweig assistant from 2004-2005. Before Kostic took over in München, the father of two was the previous coach of BC Kaunas, the farm team of Lithuania top team Zalgiris Kaunas. From 2013-2014, he was the coach of Eurocup participants Lukoil Sofia.
Yassin Idbihi and Lucca Staiger have left FC Bayern Basketball as their contracts have expired. “We are very thankful for what Lucca and Yassin have done for us in the past couple of years,” said Bayern CEO Marko Pesic after the final discussions. “They were both apart of our championship team from 2014 and played a big part in our triumph. They will always have a special place here at the club.”
31-year-old and former Germany national team center Yassin Idbihi arrived in Munich in 2013. In the championship season he averaged 16 minutes per game while dropping 5.8 points and grabbing 4.2 boards. In the 23 Euroleague games he averaged 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds. During last season, the German-Moroccan suffered from injury problems and only made 20 appearances in the BEKO BBL. He averaged 10 minutes per game, while only scoring 3.4 points per game.
“I am very thankful that I had the chance to play for FC Bayern and I am very happy and proud that I won the championship back in 2014. It is my biggest success to date. Now I am searching for a new challenge and I wish Bayern all the best for the future,” said Idbihi before departing.
27-year-old Lucca Staiger also took a look back at his two years in a Bayern jersey. The three-ball specialist came from Ludwigsburg in 2013 and during the championship season hit 45 three pointers, giving him a 40.2 percentage from beyond the arc. This past season the shooting guard averaged 13.3 minutes per game, while scoring 4.6 points. In the fifth and final playoff game against Bamberg, he hit four out of five three pointers.
“My time in Munich was a very special, useful and important for me, not only because we won the title one year ago,” said Lucca Staiger.” “I have met many nice people and had the honor to work with special people. The cohesion there was great, everyone was so helpful. I have never experienced something like this in my career and I would like to say thank you to everyone at the club.”
FC Bayern Basketball would like to wish Yassin Idbihi and Lucca Staiger all the best for their futures.
STATS AND ANALYSIS
Karim JALLOW (*04.13.1997 in München - Guard)
- At FC Bayern Basketball since: 2006
- 2014-2015 season, NBBL: 16.9 Points Per Game, 5.9 Rebounds Per Game; 1. Regionalliga Southeast; 9.9 PPG
Dejan KOVACEVIC (*12.27.1996 in München – Power Forward/Center)
- At FC Bayern Basketball since: 2013
- 2014-2015 season, NBBL: 18.0 Points Per Game, 10.5 Rebounds Per Game; 1. Regionalliga Southeast: 7.6 Points Per Game
Sebastian SCHMITT (*02.29.1996 in Rosenheim – Point Guard)
- At FC Bayern Basketball since: 2010
- 2014-2015 season, NBBL: 7,8 Points Per Game, 4.4 Assists Per Game; 1. Regionalliga Southeast: 5.8 Points Per Game