Goran Nogic is tasked with leading the TRU WolfPack women’s basketball team to new heights.
The 47-year-old bench boss from Belgrade, Serbia, was named the squad’s head coach on Wednesday, replacing Scott Reeves, who was dismissed in March after 13 seasons on the job.
“Goran’s experience at elite levels and the success he has achieved really set him apart in this search,” WolfPack athletics and recreation director Curtis Atkinson said in a TRU Sports Information press release. “The fact he is well connected internationally is also appealing when it comes to recruitment.
“Even though he hasn’t worked in the Canadian university sport system, we are very confident about Goran’s ability to adjust to the university level in Canada.”
Nogic, who moved to Canada with his family in September of 2015, most-recently ran North Vancouver-based 3D Basketball Academy and has professional coaching experience in Serbia and Portugal.
“The possibility to challenge and share my coaching philosophy at the university sports level was the main reason I wanted this position,” Nogic said in the press release. “At the same time, I believe and I hope that together with the players, directors and all supporters of the program we can change the current status of WolfPack women’s basketball in the Canadian basketball community, as well as the chance to promote Kamloops as a sports city.”
The Pack are 14-46 and have not reached the post-season since Canada West eliminated divisions in time for the 2016-2017 season.
TRU dropped its final six contests in 2018-2019 to finish 4-16 and place 14th among 16 teams in the conference, missing the playoffs by eight points.
The majority of TRU’s players were in their first or second years of Canada West eligibility. Opponents outscored the rebuilding WolfPack 1,464 to 1,156, an average of 15.4 points per game.
“During our search, one respected basketball leader described him as the best technical coach he has ever seen,” Atkinson said. “His high-level knowledge and understanding of the game — as well as his history with a variety of athletes all over the world — will help him to adjust quickly.”
Ken Olynyk and Joe Enevoldson ran the team on an interim basis when it made the jump to U Sports in 2005-2006. Scott Reeves took over in 2006-2007.
Olynyk was the athletics and recreation director for 16 years, but retired last January and was replaced by Atkinson, who spent much of last season analyzing his coaching stable.
Kelly Shantz resigned from his post as WolfPack women’s soccer head coach after the 2018 campaign and was replaced by Mark Pennington.
Chad Grimm and Pat Hennelly are in charge of the women's and men's volleyball programs, respectively, Scott Clark leads the WolfPack men's basketball team, John Antulov is at the helm of the men's soccer outfit, Brad Dalke is head coach of the swimming team and Carmin Mazzota guides the cross-country runners.