The Info List - Igor Kokoškov

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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). 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] He won the EuroBasket 2017 with Slovenia men's national team.


1 Coaching career

1.1 An assistant coach in the NBA (2000–present) 1.2 National teams

1.2.1 Serbia and Montenegro 1.2.2 Georgia (2008–2015) 1.2.3 Slovenia (2016–2017)

2 Personal life 3 Head coaching record 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

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] An assistant coach in the NBA (2000–present)[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. He won an NBA championship in 2004 with the Pistons. At the 2006 NBA All-Star Game he serve on the Eastern Conference coaching staff. 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] 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 had 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 Summer Olympics and the 2005 EuroBasket, under renowned European head coach Željko Obradović.[1][3] Georgia (2008–2015)[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. He left after EuroBasket 2015. Slovenia (2016–2017)[edit] On 18 January 2016, the Basketball Federation of Slovenia named Kokoškov the new head coach of the Slovenian national team, for the next two years.[7] He left after EuroBasket 2017 after he won gold medal with Slovenia. 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 honored Kokoškov with an Order of Honour, Georgia’s highest civilian honor, on 18 December 2011.[1][8] Head coaching record[edit]

National teams

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

9 9 0

EuroBasket 5/5 34 20 14

See also[edit]

List of foreign NBA coaches List of FIBA EuroBasket winning coaches


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

External links[edit]

The Official Athletic Site of University of Missouri Kokoškov preuzeo reprezentaciju Gruzije, MTSMondo, 18 April 2008

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Utah Jazz current roster

2 Ingles 3 Rubio 5 Stockton 8 Jerebko 10 Burks 11 Exum 13 Bradley 15 Favors 21 McCree (TW) 22 Sefolosha 23 O'Neale 25 Neto 27 Gobert 31 Niang (TW) 33 Udoh 45 Mitchell 99 Crowder

Head coach: Snyder Assistant coaches: Bryant Jensen Jones Kokoškov Lang McKown Wells Watkinson

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Detroit Pistons 2003–04 NBA champions

1 Billups (Finals MVP) 3 B. Wallace 7 James 8 Ham 10 Hunter 13 Okur 22 Prince 24 Fowlkes 30 R. Wallace 31 Miličić 32 Hamilton 34 Williamson 41 Campbell

Head coach L. Brown

Assistant coaches H. Brown Hanners Kokoškov Kuester Woodson

Regular season Playoffs

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Slovenia squad – 2017 EuroBasket – Gold medal

0 Randolph 1 Rebec 3 Dragić 6 Nikolić 7 Prepelič 8 Murić 11 Blažič 14 Vidmar 17 Zagorac 22 Dimec 31 Čančar 77 Dončić Coa