USC Heidelberg

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USC Heidelberg
Founded 1899
Hall Olympic Training Center Rhein-Neckar
(1,800 places)
Homepage [1]
1. Chairman Christian Dick
Trainer Branislav Ignjatovic
league ProA (men)
2018/19: 2nd place
  DBBL (women)
2016/17: 1st place
  WNBL (U17)
Colours Red / white / black

The USC Heidelberg is an established in 1899 German sports club . The figureheads are the athletics and basketball departments , which play under the name MLP Academics Heidelberg (men) and SNP BasCats USC Heidelberg (women). The club also offers volleyball and tennis .



The club's basketball department was founded in 1952. Initially, the women's and men's departments were equally successful. While the USC women's team did not succeed in replacing Heidelberger TV as the best team in Heidelberg, the men's department developed into the leading club team in Germany in the second half of the 1950s.

In 1956, the teams of the USC Heidelberg took part in the final round of the German championship in both men and women. In 1957, both the men and the women from Heidelberg played against each other in the final of the German championship. While the women of Heidelberger TV won the title against the women of USC, the men of USC Heidelberg won the final against the Heidelberger Turnverein 1846 (HTV 46) 67:47. The national players Oskar Roth and Kurt Siebenhaar , who both switched from the Turnerbund to the USC, played a major role in the success , and coach Anton Kartak had previously been a player for the Turnerbund. The squad for the first title win consisted of Joe Beinert, Mike Gailius, Volker Heindel , Werner Lamade , Fritz Neumann, Hannes Neumann , Ulli Ottmar , Oskar Roth, Kurt Siebenhaar, Horst Stein and Manfred Ziegler.

In 1958 the USC Heidelberg defended its title against the HTV 46 with a 51:47 success in the championship final. From 1957 to 1962 the USC won six championship titles in a row, four times the coach was called Anton Kartak, once Kurt Siebenhaar and in the 1962 title Oskar Roth was twice involved as player-coach. Besides Roth, Volker Heindel, Werner Lamade, Fritz and Hannes Neumann, Ulli Ottmar, Horst Stein and Manfred Ziegler took part in all titles, from the 1958/1959 season Gerd Pflaumer and Ludwig Gundacker were involved, and in 1959 Klaus Weinand joined them for the season In 1961/1962 the shooting guard Rassem Yahya from Palestine joined the team. The German national team was also shaped by Heidelbergers: During an international trip in the spring of 1961, five USC players - Volker Heindel, Hannes Neumann, Oskar Roth, Horst Stein and Klaus Weinand - were part of the squad.

Four years after the championship title in 1962, USC Heidelberg succeeded in winning the title again at the end of the 1965/66 season with a 73:68 success against MTV Giessen . Under coach Kurt Siebenhaar, there were two players, Volker Heindel and Hannes Neumann, who had already become champions from 1957 to 1962, while Jürgen Langhoff and Klaus Urmitzer also included two other national players in the first team, the star of the team was the American Eddy Johnson. In the 1966/1967 season, the USC Heidelberg was eliminated from the European Cup against Real Madrid.

1972/73 managed the eighth title win under coach Dick Stewart. The star of the team was the center player Dietrich Keller , and the team also included builder players Hans Riefling , Hillar Gese, Wolfgang Lachenauer , Christoph Staiger and George Weston. In the following 1973/74 season, USC Heidelberg reached the final of the German championship under coach Hans Leciejewski, but lost there against SSV Hagen . In the following year Leciejewski was replaced by his predecessor Dick Stewart, again the Heidelberg team reached the final of the German championship, but this time they were subject to MTV Giessen.

After USC Heidelberg had taken fourth place in the now one-piece basketball league in the 1975/76 season, the 1976/1977 season should bring the high point in the club's history. With Dietrich Keller and Hans Riefling, two players from the 1973 championship team were still active, while Harald Rupp was a regular player in the national team. In addition, Wolfgang Fengler and Reiner Frontzek were two other national players as newcomers and with Hershel Lewis, coach Hans Leciejewski had a winger who had been in the preselection for the US Olympic team. This team won the ninth championship title for USC Heidelberg and was also able to win the German Cup against TuS 04 Leverkusen . USC Heidelberg won the last major title in the following season. Although two regular players with Keller and Riefling had ended their careers, the club took second place in the Bundesliga and was the king of the scorer in Rainer Frontzek. In the cup, Heidelberg defended its title against SSV Hagen by one point after two games.

Frontzek moved to Leverkusen after this season, USC Heidelberg took sixth place in the league in the 1978/79 season and was relegated from the Bundesliga in the following season. The club returned to the Bundesliga in 1981/82 and from 1983 to 1985, but could no longer stay there permanently.

The 1st men's team is currently playing in the 2nd basketball league ProA .

Basketball team squad

MLP Academics Heidelberg team in the 2017/2018 season
Attention: The squad information is out of date!
(current season: 2020/2021)
No. Nat. Surname birth size info Last club
Guards ( PG , SG )
1 United StatesUnited States Jelani Dakari Hewitt 09/06/1991 1.88 m RheinStars Cologne
2 GermanyGermany Niklas Würzner 02/02/1994 1.85 m USC Heidelberg
3 United StatesUnited States Jaleen Smith 11/24/1994 1.93 m New Hampshire
5 United StatesUnited States Shyron Ely 07/16/1987 1.94 m USC Heidelberg
10 United StatesUnited States Carson Putiefoy III January 17, 1994 BK Valmiera
21st GermanyGermany Jakob Schöpe 1.88 m Junior Baskets
Forwards ( SF , PF )
9 GermanyGermany Lennart Steffen 11/30/1993 1.94 m RheinStars Cologne
12 GermanyGermany Lukas Rosenbohm 05/25/1997 2.00 m USC Heidelberg
47 GermanyGermany Albert Kuppe 10/25/1988 2.00 m Oettinger Rockets
42 United StatesUnited States Evan McGaughey 04/22/1994 Quincey
Center ( C )
11 GermanyGermany Martin Seiferth September 18, 1990 2.08 m Niners Chemnitz
16 GermanyGermany Niklas Ney 10/03/1995 Mercer Bears
GermanyGermany David Aichele 01/22/1999 Junior Baskets
Nat. Surname position
SerbiaSerbia Branislav Ignjatovic Head coach
United StatesUnited States Serena Benavente Athletics trainer
GermanyGermany Robin carpenter Video coordinator
GermanyGermany Albin Mauz Assistant coach
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Status: November 15, 2018


Change to the 2016/2017 season


National players of the USC championship teams

Wolfgang Fengler (USA - DBM: 1977 - DBB-P: 1977, 1978)
Reiner Frontzek (DBM: 1977 and 1971, 1972, 1976 - DBB-P: 1977, 1978 and 1971, 1974, 1976 )
Hilar Gese ( DBM: 1973)
Volker Heindel (EM 1961 - DBM: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1966)
• Eddy Johnson (USA - DBM: 1966)
Dietrich "Didi" Keller ( OSS 1972 , EM 1971 - DBM: 1973, 1977 and 1971, 1972 - DBB-P: 1977 and 1971 )
Werner Lamade (EM 1957 - 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962)
Jürgen Langhoff ( EM 1961 - DBM: 1966)
Hans "Lambi" Leciejewski (DBM: 1966)
Hershel Lewis (USA - DBM: 1977 - DBD-P: 1977)
Joachim "Jo" Linnemann (OSS 1972)
Jürgen "Joe" Loibl (EM 1971 - DBM: 1966)
Hannes Neumann (EM 1961, 1965 - DBM: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1966)
Ulli Ottmar (EM 1957 - DBM: 1957, 1958 , 1959, 1960)
• Dieter Pfeiffer (EM 1971)
Hans Riefling (DBM: 1973, 1977 - DBB-P: 1977)
Oskar Roth (EM 1951, 1953, 1955, 1961 - DBM: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962)
Harald "Harry" Rupp (DBM: 1977 and 196 9 - DBB-P: 1977, 1978)
Kurt Siebenhaar (EM 51, 53, 55, 61 - DBM: 1948, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1960)
• Christoph Staiger (DBM: 1966, 1973)
Horst Stein (EM 1957, 1961 - DBM: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962)
Klaus "Pollo" Urmitzer ( EM 1965 , 1971 - DBM: 1966 and 1965 - and DBB-P: 1969 )
Klaus Weinand ( OSS 1972 - EM 1961 and 1965 - DBM: 1960, 1961, 1962 and 1963, 1964, 1969 - and DBB-P: 1967 )
• George Weston (USA, DBM: 1973)
Rassem Yahya (DBM: 1962 and 1969 - as well as DBB-P: 1967 )

Legend: DBM = German basketball championship of the DBB • DBB-P = DBB cup victory • EM = FIBA ​​European championship • OSS = Olympic summer games • All championships and cup wins as well as the international basketball tournaments played for 'second and third clubs' are shown in italics in the text. The year numbers of these championships and cup victories achieved with another team are always listed after a 'and' and in italics. '

Well-known former USC basketball players


  • 9 × German champion (1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1966, 1973, 1977)
  • 2 × BBL cup winners (1977, 1978)
  • 2 × German youth champion (1956, 1983)


The women's division, which has been playing in the 1st women's basketball league since the 2017/18 season under the name AXSE BasCats USC Heidelberg, is now playing more successfully .


The first successful athlete at USC Heidelberg was Ursula Knab . The championship third in the 100-meter run of 1951 won the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Helsinki in 1952 with the German 4-by-100-meter relay . Since the relay reached the finish line hand-stopped like the US winners in 45.9 seconds, Knab was also the world record holder with the German relay; the world record was beaten a year later by the relay of the Soviet Union.

In 1960, the 4 x 100 meter relay of USC Heidelberg with the line-up Bergmann, Langbein, Bronnsack and Groß won the only German championship title of the Heidelberg team in an Olympic relay discipline. Shortly afterwards Martha Langbein won the silver medal with the German relay team at the Olympic Games in Rome . Martha Langbein got married and started as Martha Pensberger for TSV 1860 Munich . At the European Championships in Belgrade in 1962 , Renate Bronnsack competed in the relay preliminaries with Martha Pensberger, but Bronnsack was not at the start in the final.

The European Championships in 1962 were also the high point in the athletics career of the Heidelberg medical student Wilfried Kindermann . After he had finished second in the German championship with the Heidelberg 4 x 400 meter relay and was fourth in the individual decision, he was a member of the German relay at the European championships, which won the title.

In 1969, Gerd Loßdörfer , who moved from Kassel to Heidelberg, took third place in the German championship in the 400-meter hurdles. Werner Reibert from Heidelberg , who won the German championship title in 1970, 1973 and 1975, was more successful at German championships on this route .

In addition to the runners, the USC Heidelberg throwers were also successful nationally. Werner Heger became German champion in the shot put in 1965. Brigitte Berendonk won the discus throwing championship in 1971 and the shot put in 1973. Helmut Schreiber was fifth at the European Javelin Throwing Championships in 1978 and won the German championship title in 1981. In 1979 he won the Universiade in Mexico.


  • Klaus Amrhein: Biographical manual on the history of German athletics 1898–2005 . 2 volumes. Darmstadt 2005 published on German Athletics Promotion and Project Society
  • Dino Reisner: 40 years of the Basketball Bundesliga . Sutton-Verlag Erfurt 2006 ISBN 978-3-86680-014-4
  • Fritz Steinmetz : 75 years of the German Athletics Championships. 1898-1972. Bartels & Wernitz, Berlin 1973 ISBN 3-87039-956-2
  • Fritz Steinmetz: German Athletics Championships. Volume 2. 1973-1981. G. Hornberger, Waldfischbach 1981 (?)
  • " Basketball " - "Official body of the German Basketball Federation" (born 1959 to 1975) - ISSN  0178-9279

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. History of the basketball department (point I.2)
  2. ^ Dino Reisner: 40 years of the basketball league . Sutton-Verlag Erfurt 2006, page 40
  3. ^ Ekkehard on Megede: Progression of World Best Performances and Official IAAF World Records. London 1987 published via International Athletic Foundation, page 316f