- Krešimir Ćosić
Krešimir Ćosić (
November 26, 1948– May 25, 1995) was a Croatian professional basketballplayer, member of FIBA Hall of Fameand Basketball Hall of Fame. He was also a notable church leader and missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He was born in
Zagreband raised in Zadar, where he started his basketball career in 1965, playing for KK Zadar. He came to the United States to play college basketball at Brigham Young Universityfrom 1971 to 1973. He was the first foreign player to earn All-American honors from the United Press International, garnering them in 1972 and 1973. After his college career, he rejected several professional offers and returned home to Yugoslavia.
Ćosić played in four
Olympic Games: 1968, 1972, 1976, and 1980 in Moscowwhen he led his team to the gold medal. He previously led Yugoslavia to a pair of World Championship gold medals in 1970 and 1978.
Following his playing days, he turned to coaching, and led the former Yugoslav team to a silver medal in the 1988 Olympics in
Seouland two bronze medals at the 1986 FIBA World Championshipand 1987 EuroBasket. In 1996 Ćosić became only the third international player ever elected to the world's Basketball Hall of Famein Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball.
In the years following basketball he worked in the USA as a
Croatian diplomatat the embassyin Washington, D.C.Ćosić died in Baltimore, Marylandin 1995 of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
During his time at the Brigham Young University, he converted to
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and later served as the LDS presiding priesthood holder in post-communist Croatia. He was baptized by Hugh Nibley, one of the LDS church's most celebrated scholars. Ćosić also introduced the LDS Church to Yugoslavia. He translated the Book of Mormonand Doctrine and Covenantsinto Croatian.
*On March 4, 2006, Ćosić became just the second men's basketball player to have his jersey retired by BYU (the other was
*In 2007, he was enshrined in the
FIBA Hall of Fame.
*The Croatian landmark formerly known as
Califfi Castlenow carries the name of this basketball star and Churchman.
* [http://nn.byu.edu/story.cfm/58751 "Former BYU All-American's Jersey Retired"] , Todd Bluth, "The Daily Universe", March 6, 2006
* [http://www.hoophall.com/halloffamers/bhof-kresimir-cosic.html Basketball Hall of Fame profile]
* [http://www.interbasket.net/players/cosic.htm Kresimir Cosic Player Profile (InterBasket)]
* [http://www.halloffame.fiba.com/pages/eng/hof/indu/p/lid_9024_newsid/18008/playBio.html FIBA Hall of Fame page on Cosic]
* [http://www.basketpedya.com/Acc002InfJug.php?idjug=5059&idioma=3 Career basketpedya.com]
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