Silvano Poropat

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Basketball player
Silvano Poropat
Player information
birthday April 16, 1971
place of birth Pula , SFR Yugoslavia
Clubs as coaches
2000–2004 EnBW Ludwigsburg ( AC ) / BSG Ludwigsburg 2004–2008 EnBW Ludwigsburg 2010 BK Ventspils 2010 BG Karlsruhe 2011–2015 Central German BC 2016 Telekom Baskets Bonn 2017–2018 SPM Shoeters Den Bosch 2019 Central German BC since 2020 Central German BCGermanyGermany
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Silvano Poropat (born April 16, 1971 in Pula , SFR Yugoslavia ) is a Croatian basketball coach . Poropat himself did not have a special career as an active player, but became a youth coach from an early age. In 1999 he went to Germany and in 2004 he took over the professional men's team in the top division of the basketball division in Ludwigsburg . With this team he was awarded second place in the main round in the 2006/07 basketball league and coach of the year . After brief positions in Latvia and at BG Karlsruhe, he became ProA 2011/12 coach of the former first division club Mitteldeutscher BC in Weißenfels, which he helped to return to the top division. After the Weißenfelsers barely missed the leap into the play-offs for the German championship in ninth place in the basketball Bundesliga 2013/14 despite hardly competitive budgets , Poropat was once again named coach of the year. Poropat has agreed to continue his work as head coach with the Weißenfelser Verein until 2020, which was a very long-term commitment compared to the competition. On December 26, 2015, he announced his immediate resignation. He returned to the MBC in January 2019 and again later in February 2020.


Poropat started playing basketball relatively late at the age of 16 and soon shifted his focus to a career as a youth coach, which he began at the age of 21 at the club from Rovinj in Istria . In 1999 he came to Germany and became a youth coach for the former first division club from Ludwigsburg . Soon Poropat moved up to the coaching staff of the first men's team, who managed to return to the top division under head coach Peter Schomers after only one season defeat in the 2nd Bundesliga 2001/02 . Poropat also trained the reserve team of the BSG club in the regional league . After a moderate season as a first division climber, in which they finished third from bottom of the table with nine wins this season, Poropat's compatriot Bruno Socé succeeded Schomers, but in the basketball Bundesliga 2003/04 they only achieved eight wins this season and would have been relegated if they had Brandt Hagen would not have gone bankrupt and FIBA EuroCup Challenge title winner Mitteldeutscher BC would have had to accept a license withdrawal due to insolvency. Poropat had replaced the seasonal closure SOCE already as head coach and was able to establish the team in the following seasons finally back in the top flight than was originally third in the cup competition in 2005 as well as the main round of eight in 2005 and sixth in 2006 , the play-off -Finalrunde German to Mastery achieved. In the play-offs they initially remained without a win and were eliminated in the first round. In the basketball Bundesliga 2006/07 they achieved after another third place in the national cup competition with Bundesliga MVP Jerry Green the second best main round balance of all teams and also won the first play-off series against record champions Bayer Giants Leverkusen . The semi-final series was then lost to the eventual title winner Brose Baskets in four games. After they were eliminated after the preliminary round in the European club competition ULEB Cup 2007/08, reaching the cup final in 2008, which was lost to the Artland Dragons , could not help over the disappointing performance in 13th place in the basketball Bundesliga 2008/09 . In the summer of 2008, under the leadership of Alexander Reil, the club separated from the coach Poropat, despite an ongoing contract, who was accused of weaknesses and errors in the squad.

After a break, Poropat was signed by the reigning Latvian champions from Ventspils in January 2010 . With the team, Poropat won the quarter-finals of the Baltic Basketball League against national competitor VEF Riga and, after finishing fourth in the Final Four tournament, achieved an improvement over the previous season. But in the national championship VEF from the Latvian capital beat defending champions BK Ventspils in five games in the semi-final series, who parted ways with Poropat after the end of the season. He initially returned to southwest Germany, where his family continued to live, and took over the former first division club BG Karlsruhe in the ProA 2010/11 , as the second highest division in Germany was now called. Shortly after the start of the season in early October, Poropat ended the unsuccessful collaboration on its own initiative. But already for the following season he got a new engagement in the ProA with the first division relegated Mitteldeutscher BC (MBC) from Weißenfels . Poropat was able to lead the team in the ProA 2011/12 as the first in the main round in the first round of promotion. It was also possible to win the play-offs and gain direct promotion, which is why Poropat was named Trainer of the Year by ProA and rewarded with an early contract extension until 2015 by the MBC. After the third from last place as a climber in the basketball Bundesliga 2012/13 before his former club from Ludwigsburg, Poropat was able to lead the team to ninth place in 2014 . They missed out on the play-offs behind the Ludwigsburgs, who had even improved to eighth place, and were able to place themselves in front of clubs with a significantly higher budget. Poropat was once again named Trainer of the Year. After an excellent start to the season in the basketball Bundesliga 2014/15 , a series of defeats led the club to the edge of the relegation zone, but after relegation the club extended the contract with Poropat by five years before the end of the season, which is an exceptionally long-term agreement for a coaching contract in the represented the highest German league. After his team failed to leave the table cellar in the first part of the 2015/16 season, Poropat resigned from his post on December 26, 2015 with immediate effect. His successor was the Serb Predrag Krunić .

On March 3, 2016, Poropat became the new trainer of Telekom Baskets Bonn and succeeded interim trainer Carsten Pohl, who had previously taken over Mathias Fischer 's team. In Bonn, Poropat signed a contract until the end of the 2016/2017 season. In mid-September, however, Poropat had to resign from Telekom Baskets Bonn due to health problems and the association stated that Poropat would definitely have to take a break for several months. With Predrag Krunić , the Baskets signed a new head coach for the 2016/2017 season.

For the 2017/2018 season, Poropat returned to the sport and took over the post of head coach at the Dutch first division club SPM Shoeters Den Bosch . At the end of January 2019 he was again head coach of the relegation-threatened Bundesliga club Mitteldeutsche BC and led the team to relegation. Then Poropat and the MBC separated because they could not agree on the continuation of the work, in the summer of 2019 he was coach of the female U18 national team of the Netherlands.

From February 2020 he became assistant coach of the German men's national team under Henrik Rödl . In mid-February 2020, he returned to the coaching office of the Bundesliga club Mitteldeutscher BC, which was threatened with relegation, in order to carry out this task in addition to his work for the German Basketball Association.

Achievements & Awards

Individual evidence

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