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 45)
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)
2004–2005 Serbia and Montenegro (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 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 a full-time assistant coach, Kokoškov is the first European to hold such a position in NCAA Division I college basketball, and the first non-American to hold such a position in the NBA.[1] In 2004, he became the first non-American assistant coach to win an NBA championship, and the first to serve on an NBA All-Star Game coaching staff.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Kokoškov, a graduate of the University of Belgrade, 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 basketball playing career.

His savvy, ambitious nature, and command of the English language were factors when he was hired by the University of Missouri's Tigers, as a part of their full-time coaching staff in 1999, making him the first European to hold such a position in NCAA Division I men's college 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 head coach Larry Brown.

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

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

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

Utah Jazz[edit]

On 1 July 2015, Kokoškov was hired by the Utah Jazz to be an assistant coach.[2]

On 5 December 2016, Kokoškov led Utah to win over Los Angeles Lakers, 107-101.[5] Jazz head coach Quin Snyder has fallen ill and missed their game against the Lakers.[6]

National teams[edit]

Serbia and Montenegro[edit]

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

Georgia[edit]

On 18 April 2008, Kokoškov was named the head coach of the Georgian national basketball team. He coached Georgia at 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania, 2013 EuroBasket in Slovenia and 2015 EuroBasket in Croatia/France.

Slovenia[edit]

On 18 January 2016, the Basketball Federation of Slovenia named Kokoškov the new head coach of the Slovenian national team, for the next 2 years.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Kokoskov and his wife, Patricia, were married in the summer of 2009. The couple has two children: a son, Luka, and a daughter, Elina-Grace.[1] On June 18, 2010, Igor Kokoškov became an American citizen.

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili awarded Kokoškov with the Order of Honour, Georgia’s highest civilian honor, on 18 December 2011.[1][8]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year National Team Tournament Standing Pld W L
2009 Georgia EuroBasket Div. B 1st 10 9 1
2010 Georgia EuroBasket Qualification 2nd 8 5 3
2011 Georgia EuroBasket 11th 8 2 6
2012 Georgia EuroBasket Qualification 2nd 8 6 2
2013 Georgia EuroBasket 17th 5 1 4
2014 Georgia EuroBasket Qualification 1st 6 4 2
2015 Georgia EuroBasket 15th 6 2 4
2016 Slovenia EuroBasket Qualification 1st 6 6 0
2017 Slovenia EuroBasket TBD
EuroBasket 4/4 25 11 14

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Magic Name Igor Kokoskov Assistant Coach
  2. ^ a b "Jazz Announce Basketball Staff Additions". NBA.com. July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Suns Complete Coaching Staff
  4. ^ Cleveland Cavaliers hire Phoenix assistant Igor Kokoskov
  5. ^ "Utah Jazz: With Snyder ill, Igor Kokoskov coaches Jazz to win over Lakers". The Salt Lake Tribune. December 5, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Jazz coach Quin Snyder misses game vs. Lakers". NBA.com. December 5, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Moško člansko reprezentanco bo vodil Igor Kokoškov". kzs.si. January 19, 2016. Retrieved January 19, 2016. 
  8. ^ Video on YouTube

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