Bilic bolsters backroom team

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has added Edin Terzic and Miljenko Rak to his technical staff
West Ham United would like to welcome Edin Terzic and Miljenko Rak to the Club as key members of manager Slaven Bilic’s technical staff.

Terzic has joined the Hammers as Bilic¹s new first-team coach, while the experienced Rak has become first team head of performance.

Both men worked alongside the West Ham manager with his previous club Beskitas and are looking forward to their first experiences of the Barclays Premier League.

Terzic was born in the town of Menden in Germany and played lower-division football as a midfielder for more than a decade.

In 2010, he started a coaching career with Borussia Dortmund, working with the club’s U17 and U19 sides. He holds a UEFA ‘A’ Licence.

Terzic was also appointed to Dortmund¹s first-team technical staff, working as a scout on future opponents during the hugely successful reign of Jürgen Klopp.

In 2013, the 32-year-old joined Bilic’s backroom staff in Turkey, helping to guide Besiktas to consecutive third-place Super Lig finishes and the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League.

Rak has enjoyed an outstanding career, working with some of Croatia’s finest teams and individual athletes over the past few decades.

Born in the former Yugoslavia in 1947, the vastly-experienced Rak studied for a degree in physical education at the University of Novi Sad. As a young man, he was a fine athlete in his own right, excelling at the long jump.

Since embarking on a coaching career, he has helped the careers of dozens of his country’s top stars to flourish. He was part of the coaching staff as Croatia won the Olympic handball title in 2004, and has also worked with multiple Olympic and World champion skier Janica Kostelic, as well as a host of track and field athletes.

Since turning his attention to football, Rak has enjoyed further success, working with Dinamo Zagreb before joining Bilic’s backroom staff working with the Croatia national team.

He followed Bilic to Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow and on to Besiktas before joining his long-time boss in east London.

Terzic and Rak bolster a first-team backroom staff that already boasts highly-rated goalkeeper coach Chris Woods and coaching assistant Julian Dicks.