Igor Kokoškov

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Igor Kokoškov
Utah Jazz
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1971-12-17) December 17, 1971 (age 44)
Banatski Brestovac, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian / American
Career information
College University of Belgrade
Coaching career 1992–present
Career history
As coach:
1992–1994 OKK Beograd (youth)
1994–1995 OKK Beograd (assistant)
1995–1996 OKK Beograd
1996–1997 Partizan (youth)
1999–2000 Missouri (assistant)
20002003 Los Angeles Clippers (assistant)
20032008 Detroit Pistons (assistant)
2008–2015 Georgia
20082013 Phoenix Suns (assistant)
20132014 Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
2015 Orlando Magic (assistant)
2015–present Utah Jazz (assistant)
2016–present Slovenia
Career highlights and awards

As assistant coach:

Igor Stefan Kokoškov (Serbian Cyrillic: Игор Стефан Кокошков; born 17 December 1971) is a Serbian-American basketball coach, currently working as an assistant coach for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and a head coach of Slovenia men's national team.

As assistant coach, Kokoškov is the first European to hold such a position in NCAA Division I and the first non-American to hold such a position in NBA.[1] In 2004 he becomes the first non-American assistant to win an NBA championship and the first to serve on an NBA All-Star Game coaching staff.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Kokoškov coached various club teams in Belgrade and was on the coaching staff of the Yugoslav (now Serbia) men's and junior national teams. At the age of 24 Kokoškov became the youngest coach in Yugoslavian basketball history shortly after suffering serious injuries sustained during an automobile accident that ended a promising playing career. Kokoškov is a graduate of the University of Belgrade.

His savvy, ambitious nature and command of the English language were factors when he was hired by the University of Missouri as a part of their coaching staff in 1999, the first European to hold such a position in NCAA Division I men's basketball.[1]

NBA[edit]

In 2000, Kokoškov became the first non-American to be hired as a full-time assistant coach in the NBA, by the Los Angeles Clippers under head coach Alvin Gentry.[1]

In 2003 he joined the Detroit Pistons staff of coach Larry Brown.

On 20 June 2008, Kokoškov was named assistant coach of Phoenix Suns.[3]

On 29 May 2013, Kokoškov was named assistant coach of Cleveland Cavaliers.[4]

On 17 February 2015, Kokoškov was named assistant coach for the Orlando Magic until the end of the season.[1]

On 1 July, he was hired by the Utah Jazz to be an assistant coach.[2]

National teams[edit]

Serbia and Montenegro[edit]

He was an assistant with the Serbia and Montenegro national team at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2005 EuroBasket under renowned European coach Željko Obradović.[1][3]

Georgia[edit]

On 18 April 2008, Kokoškov was named the head coach of Georgia national basketball team.

Slovenia[edit]

On 18 January 2016, Basketball Federation of Slovenia named Kokoškov as head coach of Slovenia national team for 2 years.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Kokoskov and his wife, Patricia, were married in the summer of 2009. The couple has two children: a son, Luka, and daughter, Elina-Grace.[1]

On June 18, 2010 Igor Kokoškov became an American citizen.

On 18 December 2011, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili awarded Kokoškov with Order of Honour, Georgia’s highest civilian honor.[1][6]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year National Team Tournament Standing Pld W L
2009 Georgia EuroBasket Div. B 1st 10 9 1
2010 Georgia Qualification 2nd 8 5 3
2011 Georgia EuroBasket 11th 8 2 6
2012 Georgia Qualification 2nd 8 6 2
2013 Georgia EuroBasket 17th 5 1 4
2014 Georgia Qualification 1st 6 4 2
2015 Georgia EuroBasket 15th 6 2 4
2016 Slovenia Qualification TBD
Eurobasket 3/3 19 5 14

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