Dejan Ilic

  • 25+ years of experience

    Dejan Ilic is an experienced basketball coach, and former player with over 25 years invested in basketball. Coach Ilic has spent his long career studying with renowned basketball coaches with a wide range of backgrounds. He's an author of Transition Offense Against Any Defense book - a comprehensive guide for basketball coaches, and a co-founder of Hoop Mentality.

Player's Mind, Coach's Vision

Coaching from Personal Experience

An accomplished former basketball player, Coach Ilic possesses a deep understanding of the game and a remarkable ability to connect with players. His impressive journey includes representing various Serbian basketball and 3×3 teams, achieving notable milestones. With a relentless pursuit of success, Dejan Ilic emerged victorious in over 10 Serbian and International 3×3 tournaments, claimed the second spot in the Serbian national finals, and proudly represented the Serbian national team in the USA Red Bull 3×3 World Finals on two separate occasions. This wealth of experience equips him with valuable insights into the player's perspective, fostering a profound understanding that drives his coaching approach.

Strategic Brilliance

Tactical Expertise and Inspiring Leadership

Coach Ilic's coaching journey is adorned with remarkable achievements, including leading BC Veba Basket from Belgrade, Serbia to the Regional League championship in the 2021/2022 season. Renowned for his strategic brilliance and meticulous approach, he is a respected tactician and professional scout in the basketball industry. Coach Ilic's ability to ignite a fire within players is unrivaled, as he infuses them with his infectious passion for the game. His unwavering dedication to unlocking the full potential of individuals both on and off the court is a testament to his commitment to guiding them towards unparalleled success.

Coaching Experience

  • 2008-2013. – U12 assistant coach at various youth teams.
  • 2013-2016. – U18 assistant coach at BC Zitko Basket.
  • 2016/2017. – U18 assistant coach and head scout at BC Red Star Belgrade (First National U18 League).
  • 2017/2018. – Assistant coach and head scout at BC Mladost
    Zemun in the First Serbian Basketball League (Seniors).
  • 2018/2019. – Head of player development, and scout for the U16 team at BC Vizura.
  • 2019. – U16 head coach and Basketball Academy head coordinator at BC Vizura (First National U16 League).
  • Early 2020. (before COVID-19 pandemic) – U16 head coach at BC Zitko Basket.
  • 2020/2021. – Individual basketball practices and youth player development.
  • 2021/2022. – Head coach at BC Veba Basket in the Second Regional League (Finished 1st place, League Champions.
  • 2022/2023. – Assistant coach and head scout at BC Slodes Belgrade in the 2nd Serbian Basketball League (Seniors). Qualified for the playoffs with the youngest team in the league (average age 19.9).

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