Hrafn Kristjánsson

Hrafn Kristjánsson is an Icelandic professional basketball coach and former player.[1][2] He was named the Úrvalsdeild Coach of the Year in the 2010–11 season,[3] when he won the Icelandic championship with the KR. As a coach he has also won the Icelandic Basketball Cup two times (2011, 2015) and Icelandic Division I three times (2003, 2005, 2007).

Hrafn Kristjánsson
Hrafn coaching Stjarnan at the 2015 Icelandic Cup finals.
Álftanes
PositionHead coach
League1. deild karla
Personal information
Born (1972-10-30) October 30, 1972
NationalityIcelandic
Career information
Playing career1988–2015
PositionPoint guard
Number10
Coaching career2001–present
Career history
As player:
1988–1994KR
1994–1997KFÍ
1997–1998Hamar
1998–2003KFÍ
2003–2004KFÍ-b
2015KFÍ-b
As coach:
2001–2004KFÍ (men's)
2003–2004KFÍ (women's)
2004–2009Þór Akureyri (men's)
2009–2010Breiðablik (men's)
2010–2011KR (women's)
2010–2012KR (men's)
2014–2018Stjarnan (men's)
2018–presentÁlftanes (men's)
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

As a player he played 139 games in the Úrvalsdeild with KR and KFÍ, winning the national championship in 1990.[4]

Playing career

Hrafn came up through the junior ranks of KR. He played his first games with the senior team during the 1988–1989 Úrvalsdeild season. The following season he appeared in 5 games for which went on to win the 1990 Icelandic championship. In 1994 he left KR and joined 1. deild karla club KFÍ.[5] In 1996 he helped the team to win 1. deild karla and gain a promotion to the Úrvalsdeild karla for the first time in its history. He played for KFÍ until 2003, except for the 1997–1998 which he spent with Hamar. He finished his playing career with KFÍ's B-team.

Coaching career

KFÍ (2001–04)

Hrafn took over as player/coach for KFÍ in 2001 after the team had been relegated to Division I. The team won Division I in 2003 and got promoted to the Úrvalsdeild karla.[4]

Þór Akureyri (2004–09)

Þór Akureyri hired Hrafn as their head coach before the 2004–2005 season.[6] He coached the team for 5 years and won Division I two times (2005 and 2007).[4]

Breiðablik (2009–10)

Hrafn took charge of Úrvalsdeild karla club Breiðablik in 2009.[4] In January 2010, with the team in last place, he resigned as coach.[7]

KR (2010–12)

During the summer of 2010, Hrafn was hired as the head coach of KR women's team. In August 2010, he was also hired as the head coach of KR men's team.[4] He led the men's team to the Icelandic Cup and the Icelandic championship in his first year.[8][9] After the first season, he stepped down as the head coach of the women's team to focus on the men's team.[10] In July 2012, he left KR after contract negotiations between him and KR where not fruitful.[11]

Stjarnan (2014–18)

In 2014 Hrafn was hired as the head coach of Stjarnan.[12] In January 2015 he led the club to the Icelandic Cup. In october of 2015 he won the Icelandic Company Cup after Stjarnan beat Þór Þorlákshöfn 72-58[13] in the final. On March 27, 2018, after Stjarnan's first round exit against ÍR, the club announced that it had decided not to renew his contract.[14]

Álftanes (2018–present)

On July 20, 2018, Hrafn was hired as the head coach of newly promoted 2. deild karla club Álftanes.[15][16] Álftanes started the 2. deild season with a bang, thrashing former 1. deild karla club Körfuknattleiksfélag ÍA with 64 points, 136-72.[17] On 16 April 2019, Álftanes defeated ÍA in the 2. deild karla finals, 123-100, and achieved promotion to the 1. deild karla.[18]

References

  1. "Iceland Express League: KR Reykjavik basketball team". eurobasket. Retrieved 2017-09-16.
  2. "Iceland Express deild karla: KR - kki.is". kki.is. Retrieved 2017-09-16.
  3. "Express League: Season 2010-2011 Awards". eurobasket.com. Retrieved 2017-09-16.
  4. Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (5 August 2010). "Hrafn Kristjánsson þjálfar bæði karla- og kvennalið KR". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  5. "Tómas til Snæfellinga". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 7 November 1994. p. 31. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  6. "Hrafn tekur við Þór frá Akureyri". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 16 April 2004. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  7. "Hrafn hættir með Breiðablik". karfan.is (in Icelandic). 28 January 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  8. Óskar Ófeigur Jónsson (5 August 2010). "Hrafn Kristjánsson: Ekkert víst að manni yrði boðið þetta aftur". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  9. "Hrafninn flýgur hátt í Vesturbænum". Fréttablaðið (in Icelandic). 20 April 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  10. "Hrafn hættur og Ari tekur við". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 5 October 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  11. "Hrafn hættir hjá KR". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 17 July 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  12. "Hrafn þjálfar Stjörnuna | Kjartan Atli aðstoðarþjálfari". Visir. Retrieved 2017-09-16.
  13. "Stjarnan 72, Þór 58". kki.is. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  14. Anton Ingi Leifsson (27 March 2018). "Stjarnan framlengir ekki við Hrafn". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  15. Tómas Þór Þórðarson (20 July 2018). "Íslandsmeistaraþjálfari í 2. deildina". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  16. "Hrafn Kristjánsson tekur við Álftanesi". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 20 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  17. "Góðæri og hrun á Skipaskaga". Karfan.is (in Icelandic). 1 October 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  18. "Hrafn fór með Álftanes upp um deild". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 17 April 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.


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