George Dikeoulakos

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George Dikeoulakos
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Born (1969-01-26) 26 January 1969 (age 52)
Athens, Greece
NationalityGreek
OccupationProfessional Basketball Coach

George Dikeoulakos (or Dikaioulakos, Greek: Γιώργος (Τζώρτζης) Δικαιουλάκος;[1] born 26 January 1969) is a professional Greek basketball coach.

As a professional player[edit]

As a player, Dikeoulakos played for Papagou in Greece and at the age of 19 became the first foreigner in Yugoslav history with the team of Kosovo Polje.[citation needed] He also played for Prishtina, Trepca and Famos Sarajevo. While he was in Yugoslavia he started his coaching career with young players and youth programs. In 1993, the war in Bosnia forced him to return to Greece, but a number of serious injuries forced him to stop playing and dedicate to coaching career.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

His first coaching job was in youth basketball as he worked with the under-15 and under-18 teams of the Greek side Falirou. Soon he promoted as the head coach of the men's team of Akadimia Ilioupolis where at that time were playing in the C division.[2]

For two consecutive seasons he worked as an assistant coach for the A2 team of Milonas where they celebrated the second place which was leading to the A1 division.[2]

The next two years he worked at the A1 team of Dafni as the assistant coach of Kostas Missas and Dirk Bauermann.[3]

One of his career's milestones was the job offered to him by Slobodan Subotić as his assistant of EuroLeague team Olympiacos for the 2001–02 season, where they celebrated the Greek Cup and reached the finals of the Greek League and the last 16 of the EuroLeague.[3] The next season he again worked with Missas at Panionios.[3] In 2004 he was the head coach of the B league team Papagos.[3] In 2006 he was the assistant coach of Kalafatakis at the A1 team Panellinios. That season the team finished fifth and secured a place in the ULEB Cup.[3]

Between 2008 and 2010, he was the head coach of the women's club Athinaikos. With the team, he became the Greek champion, finishing two seasons without losing any games, putting the biggest base for breaking the world record of 105 wins in a row.[4] In 2010, Athinaikos won the triple crown (Greek Championship, Greek Cup and Eurocup).[5] During the season, he also became the head coach of the Latvia women's basketball team.[6]

In January 2011, Dikeoulakos accepted the offer from the Polish EuroLeague team Lotos Gdynia, with whom he won the Polish Cup.[7][8]

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In May 2011 he moved to Turkey and signed with Fenerbahçe Istanbul.[9] With the team, he won the Turkish championship and reached the EuroLeague Final 4 for the first time in the history of the club. Although it was a successful season, at the end of the season he left. In June 2012 he accepted the two-year contract from the Romanian team CSM Târgovişte.[7][10] In January 2013, the club announced that Dikeoulakos was sacked although the team was ranked first in the Romanian League and already secured the EuroLeague playoffs. The reason for that conflict was that the club was forcing the coach and the players to accept a salary reduction.[11]

In the meantime he was leading the Greece women's national team,[12] when in November 2013 he accepted the offer of the Russian EuroLeague club Nadezhda from Orenburg. Under his coaching, the Russian club reached the EuroLeague Final 4 for the first time in their history, and finished in the second place for two consecutive seasons, the best position they ever made. In the first final they beat UMMC Yekaterinburg on the road but they didn't manage to take the championship.[13] In May 2015, he announced that he would leave the club due to personal reasons. A few hours later, the Turkish team Fenerbahçe announced Dikeoulakos as their new head coach.[14][15]

In Fenerbahçe he stayed for two years and the result of this cooperation was one championship, one cup, one super cup and two participations in the EuroLeague Final 4.[16][17]

In June 2017, he returned to Poland and signed for the EuroLeague team CCC Polkowice.[18]

In May 2018 he moved to China and joined Shanxi Xing Rui.[19]

The 2019–20 season found him back at Nadezhda Orenburg. They were stabilized in the third place of the Russian League, and also finished third in their group in EuroLeague.[20] In the play-off games and the entry to the EuroLeague Final 4 they played against Lyon in France on 11 March 2020, and won 80–78. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the remainder of the 2019–20 season was cancelled.[21]

In June 2021, the Italian team Famila Schio announced Dikeoulakos as their new head coach for the next three years.[22]

Coaching National Teams[edit]

Starting in 2006, Dikeoulakos was working with Costas Missas as an assistant coach of the Greece women's national team. Together they achieved the fifth place in Eurobasket 2009 in Latvia, securing the ticket for the World Championship.[23]

The same year, the same coaching duet won the gold medal in men's U20 Eurobasket.[23]

The next two years he was the head coach of the Latvia women's national team and in Eurobasket 2011 they finished eighth.[24]

In 2013, the Greek Basketball Federation announced Dikeoulakos as the new head coach with the goal to pass the qualification games for the Eurobasket 2015. In the qualification round the team finished first and qualified for the Eurobasket 2015 where they finished 10th out of 20 countries.[25][26]

Achievements[edit]

  • A2 second place and entry to A1 men's division (Milon 2000)
  • Greek Cup winner (Olympiakos 2002)
  • Gold medal in men's U-20 Eurobasket 2009 (Greece national team 2009)
  • Triple Crown (Athinaikos 2010)
  • EuroCup (Athinaikos 2010)
  • Greek champion (Athinaikos 2009, 2010)
  • Greek Cup winner (Athinaikos 2010)
  • Second-place award for the best coach of all sports in Greece from PSAT (2010)
  • Polish Cup winner (Lotos Gdynia 2011)
  • Turkish champion (Fenerbahçe 2012, 2016)
  • Turkish Cup winner (Fenerbahçe 2016)
  • Turkish SuperCup winner (Fenerbahçe 2016)
  • EuroLeague third place (Fenerbahçe 2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Λετονός" ο Δικαιουλάκος Archived 5 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c "Ανέλαβε τις Γυναίκες ο Δικαιουλάκος". sport-fm.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Τζώρτζης Δικαιουλάκος, Author at AthleteStories". AthleteStories (in Greek). Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  4. ^ Φεβ. 2012 20:13, Επιμέλεια: Βασίλης Δελής Δημοσίευση: 18. "Στο Γκίνες ο Αθηναϊκός!". sport24.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Αθηναϊκός, η εξωπραγματική εξαίρεση στον κανόνα". AthleteStories (in Greek). 8 April 2020. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Latvia-target Dikeoulakos steps out of the background". FIBA Europe. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  7. ^ a b "George Dikeoulakos moves to CSM Targoviste". lovewomensbasketball.com. 12 June 2012. Archived from the original on 20 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  8. ^ "George Dikeoulakos moves to CSM Targoviste | Love Women's Basketball". 20 July 2013. Archived from the original on 20 July 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  9. ^ Noviks, Māris (6 May 2011). "Dikeoulakos panāk vienošanos ar "Fenerbahce"". sportacentrs.com (in Latvian). Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  10. ^ "George Dikeoulakos moves to CSM Targoviste | Love Women's Basketball". 20 July 2013. Archived from the original on 20 July 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  11. ^ "Κέρδισε τη μάχη στη FIBA ο Δικαιουλάκος". sport-fm.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  12. ^ "Ανέλαβε τις Γυναίκες ο Δικαιουλάκος". sport-fm.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  13. ^ "Δικαιουλάκος "Το Ρωσικό το καλύτερο πρωτάθλημα στην Ευρώπη"". novasports.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  14. ^ "Έφυγε από την Ρωσία ο Δικαιουλάκος". SDNA (in Greek). 25 May 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  15. ^ "Επέστρεψε στη Φενέρμπαχτσε ο Δικαιουλάκος". metrosport.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  16. ^ "Το σήκωσε με τη Φενέρ ο Δικαιουλάκος!". sport-fm.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  17. ^ Οκτ. 2015 21:11, Επιμέλεια: Αλέξανδρος Τρίγκας Δημοσίευση: 10. "Πήρε το Super Cup ο Δικαιουλάκος". sport24.gr. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  18. ^ "Στην Πολωνια Ο Δικαιουλακοσ". ebasket.gr. 12 May 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  19. ^ "Στην Κίνα ο Τζώρτζης". ebasket.gr. 12 May 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  20. ^ Room, Press. "Στην Ναντέζντα Όρενμπουργκ ο Δικαιουλάκος (pic)". Super Basket (in Greek). Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  21. ^ "LDLC ASVEL Feminin v Nadezhda boxscore - EuroLeague Women 2019-20 - 11 March". FIBA.basketball. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  22. ^ News, Famila Schio (11 June 2021). "Accordo di due anni con il coach greco con opzione per il terzo, con lui anche il vice Prekas". familabasket.it (in Italian). Retrieved 12 June 2021.
  23. ^ a b "Σελίδα Προπονητή". basket.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  24. ^ "Dikeoulakos was presented in Latvia". sepk.gr. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  25. ^ "Η εθνική γυναικών προκρίθηκε στην τελική φάση του ευρωπαϊκού πρωταθλήματος 2015 στο μπάσκετ". ΤΑ ΝΕΑ (in Greek). 25 June 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  26. ^ Αμπελάκης, Σπυρίδων (21 June 2015). "Νίκησε το Μαυροβούνιο και περιμένει η εθνική γυναικών". ert.gr (in Greek). Retrieved 31 May 2020.