Kruno Karin has been called the "mastermind and chief organizer of baseball" in Croatia according to MLB.com. Karin formed the Olmpijia Karlovac club, a top power in Croatian baseball. He managed and coached the Croatian national team, including in the 2003 European Championship and 2007 European Championship. His son Damir Karin has been a regular for the Croatian national team. Kamir served in the Croatian civil war.