Chris Caird – Head Coach

FSu basketball academy head coach Christopher Caird was born in England, and came to Iceland originally in 2007 when the FSu basketball academy was recently founded 2 years previously. He studied at the Academy for two years and went on to study at Marshalltown Community College in the United States for two years, then moved to NCAA Division 1 Drake University. While playing at Marshalltown he was voted an „Academic All American“ and was an „All American nominee“ after leading the nation in conference scoring and considered one of the top 5 players of the year in the USA.

Chris graduated in environmental science from Drake University in the spring of 2015 and then made his way back to Selfoss. He played with FSU in the Dominos League 2015-2016 season. In the spring of 2016 he signed with Tindastóll and was with the team until spring 2018. Injuries cut his playing career short, but transitioned into coaching with Tindastóll in his last year there. Selfoss Karfa then hired him as head coach of the men’s club and as assistant coach at the basketball academy. In the spring of 2019, Chris took over as head coach of the Academy.

Chris has considerable experience in training young players. He led, among other things, the FSU youth group and junior class trainings at Hrunamenn in 2015-2016, he was also the youth teams head coach at Tindastóll in 2016-2018, and has taught at various basketball camps for teenagers in the US, Portugal and Iceland. He was an assistant coach for Tindastóll when they won the KKi National cup in 2018. For the Tindastóll youth he was head coach of the under 16 girls and under 20 boys, taking both teams to cup finals in 2017 and 2018. Chris has in recent years attended the training courses that have been offered in this country, as well as courses abroad.

Ivica Petric – Assistant Coach

Assistant Basketball Coach (Men’s 1st division + FSu Academy + Under 20s) Ivica is 33 years old, and joins our coaching staff from Bosnia. He started playing basketball at age of 9 in HKK Zrinjski where he spent most of my professional career. He grew up as a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina youth national teams.

He started his coaching career in 2016 as a youth coach in USŠ Sportalent. In 2019 he was hired as assistant coach in the senior team HKK Zrinjski.

Head Coach Caird on Ivica: „His focus on skill development and attention to detail is fantastic, bringing game-specific situations into his fundamental skill drills is already having a positive impact on our youth development. His professionalism and hard work are very welcome to our program.“

Stefán Magni Árnason – Head Physiotherapist

Selfoss Karfa head physiotherapist is Stefán Magni Árnason. Born around the Selfoss area, and also a former FSu student, Stefán got his basketball upbringing with nearby club Hrunamenn, then transitioned to Selfoss Karfa (formerly named UMF Selfoss). But due to constant injuries he turned to other aspects of the game. He finished a Bachelor degree in sport-science in 2003 from Háskóli Íslands and until he started studying physiotherapy at Háskóli Ísland 2012, he worked both as a sport teacher and a basketball coach for all age groups at Hella and later on with FSu/Selfoss Karfa.

The spring after he graduated with a Bachelor degree in physiotherapy from Háskóli Íslands he started working at Máttur sjúkraþjálfun where he still works. Máttur sjúkraþjálfun is an independent clinic which treats all kinds of musculoskeletal problems. The clinic is well equipped and has some of the top level sport physiotherapists in Iceland. Máttur has physiotherapists working with some of the national teams, both senior and youth teams, in handball, soccer, basketball and volleyball.

Stefan has worked with numerous sports teams, mainly in soccer and basketball. He was the physiotherapist for the men’s soccer team in Selfoss in 2012 when the played in the top division in Iceland. Since then he has been the physio for teams in every division in Iceland men’s soccer leagues. He also has been the physiotherapist for the the women’s soccer team in Selfoss since 2018 which won the National cup in 2019 and finished third in the league that same year. From 2018 he has been involved with Selfoss Karfa as head physiotherapist and some of the national youth teams in Iceland. Including Eurobasket 2018 with the men’s U20, men’s U16, U18 Scandinavian cup in 2019, and men’s U18 Eurobasket in 2019.

Hótel Selfoss