Vujic returns to Chicago after five seasons at Northwestern
Ivan Vujic joined the staff as director of basketball operations in September 2013. Vujic was in the same role with the Blue Demons from 2006-08 before working as an assistant coach at Northwestern for the last five seasons.
While in Evanston, Vujic worked with Northwestern's post players while recruiting both nationally and internationally. The Wildcats posted back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in program history from 2009-11.
The Split, Croatia, native averaged 10.6 points and 5.7 rebounds as a senior at Valparaiso where he helped the Crusaders to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 1999 and 2000.
He started his collegiate career at Vincennes University from 1996-98 and was named a fourth team junior college All-American by Street & Smith's Magazine. Vujic helped the Trailblazers to a pair of NJCAA tournament appearances and was a teammate of eventual NBA all-star Shawn Marion.
Following his collegiate career, Vujic was the first European player to compete in Puerto Rico's Superior League. 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.
Vujic was a member of Croatia's U18 National team which placed fourth at the 1995 World Championships. As a member of the DePaul staff, he was an assistant coach in 2007 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.
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. Vujic earned a bachelor of science degree with minors in physical education and mechanical engineering from Valparaiso in 2006.