With this, he has written history, as the first coach of an NBA team born outside of USA. “We are thrilled to bring Valley resident Igor Kokoškov back to Arizona as head coach of the Phoenix Suns,” said General Manager Ryan McDonough. On 18 December 2011, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili awarded Kokoškov with Excellency of Georgia Order. Kokoškov was the first European to be a full-time assistant coach in NCAA Division I college basketball, and the first non-American to hold such a position in the NBA. In 1999, Kokoškov became the first European coach to hold a full-time position with an NCAA Division I basketball program as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri under Quin Snyder, whose coaching staff Kokoškov has been a member of with the Jazz for the past three seasons. “We are thrilled to bring Valley resident Igor Kokoškov … Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov has been named the new head coach of the Suns, making him the first head coach born and raised outside of North America in NBA history, the Suns said. by NBA News. [3] He is also the first coach born and raised outside of North America to be hired as a head coach in the NBA. Kokoskov will replace longtime Fenerbahce coach Zeljko … [22], Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili honored Kokoškov with an Order of Honour, the Georgia’s highest civilian honor, on 18 December 2011.[2][23]. Kokoškov previously worked with the Suns as an assistant coach from 2008-2013 and was on the bench for the team’s 2010 Western Conference Finals run. Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? Igor’s teams have always had a player development focus, a creative style of play and a track record of success.”. Igor Kokoškov Fanpage. PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns have agreed to terms with Igor Kokoškov (kuh-KOS-kov) to become the team’s new head coach, making him the first head coach born and raised outside North America in NBA history.Kokoškov will begin his duties as Suns head coach following the conclusion of the Utah Jazz season. [4] On 29 May 2013, Kokoškov was named as assistant coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kokoškov has helped the Jazz reach the Western Conference Semifinals in each of the past two seasons as the team’s lead assistant coach. NBA.com is part of Turner Sports Digital, part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network. Former Suns head coach and current Kings assistant Igor Kokoskov has agreed in principle to become the new head coach of EuroLeague team Fenerbahce, writes ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.. Ismail Senol of beIN Sports, who first reported the agreement, tweets that the two sides agreed to a three-year deal. Do you have a sports website? Kokoškov has been on the coaching staff of seven teams to reach the Conference Finals, two teams to reach the NBA Finals and won an NBA title as an assistant coach with the Pistons in 2004, becoming the first non-American assistant to be an NBA Champion. In addition to that, he was the assistant coach with the Serbia and Montenegro National Team and head coached of the Georgian National Team and Slovenian National Team, that won the gold at the 2017 Eurobasket championship in Turkey. [17][18] On 15 January 2020, the Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone was added to the coaching staff for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Watson was fired in November before Triano coached the rest of the season. Logos were compiled by the amazing SportsLogos.net. Kokoškov, 46, will be the 19th head coach in franchise history. On 18 April 2008, Kokoškov was named the head coach of the Georgia men's national basketball team. Kokoškov will begin his duties as Suns head coach following the conclusion of the Utah Jazz season. Watch our How-To Videos to Become a Stathead, Subscribe to Stathead and get access to more data than you can imagine. [7] He would remain assistant coach for the Jazz until their run in the 2018 NBA Playoffs concluded, which ended on 8 May 2018 with a 112–102 loss to the Houston Rockets. Igor Kokoskov NBA & ABA Basketball Coaching Record. Site Last Updated: Friday, September 11, 4:24AM Question, Comment, Feedback, or …