Ivan Vujic (pronounced VOO-itch) is in his fifth season as an assistant coach at Northwestern. He is reponsible for coaching and developing the Wildcats' post players as well as assisting with recruiting efforts both nationally and internationally.
Vujic came to NU after most recently serving as the director of basketball operations at DePaul for two years.
A native of Split, Croatia, Vujic was a member of Croatia's U18 National team which placed fourth at the 1995 World Championships.
He started his collegiate career at Vincennes (Ind.) University from 1996-98. During that time, he helped guide the Trailblazers to a pair of appearances in the NJCAA tournament. Vujic was named a fourth-team Junior College All-American by Street & Smith's Basketball Magazine before his second season at Vincennes and was a teammate of eventual NBA all-star Shawn Marion.
He then went on to play at Valparaiso University from 1998-2000. Vujic started at center for the Crusaders for two seasons, averaging 10.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game his senior year while helping lead the team to a pair of Mid-Continent Conference regular season and tournament titles and two ensuing NCAA tournament appearances. He went on to earn a bachelor of science degree with minors in physical education and mechanical engineering from Valparaiso in 2006.
Upon the completion of his collegiate career, Vujic became the first European player to compete in Puerto Rico's Superior League. playing with Aibonitio. Vujic then played for Pepinster of the Belgian League where he was name a league all-star as a rookie for the 2000-01 season. In 2001, Vujic signed with Belgian League champions Charleoi and also played in the Euroleague before suffering a career-ending knee injury.
After starting his coaching career at BC Dubrava Zagreb, he then returned to Valparaiso where he served as an assistant coach for the 2005-06 season before spending the two seasons at DePaul.
During the summer of 2007, Vujic served on Jerry Wainwright's staff for the USA Basketball U19 team that earned a second-place finish at the World Championships. The squad featured NBA Draft picks Michael Beasley, Jonny Flynn, Stephen Curry, Patrick Beverly and DeAndre Jordan.
He resides in Chicago.