Torfi Magnússon

Torfi Magnússon (born 6 June 1955) is an Icelandic former basketball player and a former member of the Icelandic national basketball team. He was named the Icelandic Basketball Player of the Year in 1980[1] and won two national championships with Valur in the 1980s. In 2001, he was named to the Icelandic basketball team of the 20th century on the 40 year anniversary of the Icelandic Basketball Federation.[2]

Torfi Magnússon
Personal information
Born (1955-06-06) 6 June 1955
Iceland
NationalityIcelandic
Listed height195 cm (6 ft 5 in)
Career information
Playing career1972–1995
PositionCenter
Career history
As player:
1972–1988Valur
1989–1992Víkverji
1993–1995Leiknir Reykjavík
As coach:
1983–1986Valur
1988–1989Valur
1989–1990Haukar
1989–1993Iceland (W)
1990–1995Iceland (M)
1995–1997Valur
2000–2001Valur/Fjölnir
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Playing career

Torfi started his senior career with Valur during the 1972-1973 season.[3] He spent 16 seasons with Valur, winning the national championship in 1980 and 1983. In 1984, he was named the Úrvalsdeild Defensive Player of the Year.[4]

Torfi, along with several former national team players, joined 1. deild karla club Víkverjar in October 1989.[5] Víkverjar finished second in the league and played a promotion playoffs game against Þór Akureyri, who finished second-to-last in the Úrvalsdeild. In the game, Þór blew out Víkverjar 94-53, with Torfi scoring a game high 26 points.[6]

National team career

From 1974 to 1987, Torfi played 131 games for the Icelandic national basketball team.[7]

Coaching career

Torfi was hired as the head coach of Haukar in late December 1989, replacing player-coach Pálmar Sigurðsson, who continued to play for the club.[8] After the season, Torfi was hired as the head coach of the Icelandic men's national basketball team[9] where he served until June 1995.[10][11]

In July 1995, Torfi returned to Valur when he was hired as the head coach of the men's team.[12] In 1997 he guided Valur to victory in 1. deild karla and promotion back to the Úrvalsdeild.[13] For his effort, he was named the 1. deild karla Coach of the Year.[14] He stepped down after the season and was replaced by Svali Björgvinsson.[15]

In end of October 2000, Torfi returned to the sidelines, replacing recently fired Pétur Guðmundsson as the head coach of Valur/Fjölnir.[16] He was unable to turn the teams fortunes as it was relegated to 1. deild karla at the seasons end.[17]

References

  1. "Íþróttafólk ársins í hinum ýmsu greinum". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 19 December 1980. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  2. "Lið aldarinnar hjá KKÍ tilkynnt í bikarúrslitaleikjunum á laugardaginn". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 26 February 2001. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  3. "Allt samkvæmt áætlun". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 13 December 1972. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  4. "Valur og Sóley þau bestu". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). April 9, 1984. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  5. "Torfi og Jón til Víkverja". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 4 October 1989. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  6. Jóhannes Bjamason (20 March 1990). "Þórsarar áfram í úrvalsdeildinn". Tíminn (in Icelandic). Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  7. "A landslið karla". Icelandic Basketball Federation (in Icelandic). Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  8. "Torfi tekur við af Pálmari". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 29 December 1989. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  9. "Torfi Magnússon tekur við landsliðinu". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 18 April 1990. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  10. "Hægt að gera betur". Tíminn (in Icelandic). 7 June 1995. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  11. "Torfi hættur með körfuknattleikslandsliðið". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 8 June 1995. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  12. "Torfi Magnússon ráðinn til Vals". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 6 July 1995. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  13. "Valur aftur í úrvalsdeildina". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 26 March 1997. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  14. "Þau eru best!". Dagur (in Icelandic). 15 April 1997. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  15. "Aftur í Úrvalsdeild". Valsblaðið (in Icelandic). Knattspyrnufélagið Valur. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  16. "Petur rekinn". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 1 November 2000. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  17. Sigurður Elvar Þórólfsson (14 March 2001). "Þórsarar leita að nýjum þjálfara". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Retrieved 14 October 2018.

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