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Kostic extends, three youth players go pro

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.  


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