Dragan Šakota

Dragan Šakota
Position General Manager
League Greek Basket League
Personal information
Born (1952-06-16) June 16, 1952
Belgrade, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian / Greek
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Career information
Playing career 1972–1983
Coaching career 1983–present
Career history
As player:
1972–1983 IMT
As coach:
1983–1988 IMT
1988–1989 Zadar
1989–1990 Yugoslavia (assistant)
1989–1990 Cibona
1990–1991 PAOK
1991–1992 Apollon Patras
1993–1994 Iraklis
1994–1995 PAOK
1995–1997 Peristeri
1998–2000 Iraklis
1999 Yugoslavia (assistant)
2000–2001 Aris
2001–2003 AEK Athens
2003–2004 Olympiacos
2004–2005 Serbia and Montenegro (assistant)
2005–2007 Crvena zvezda
2006 Serbia and Montenegro
2008 Fortitudo Bologna
2010–2011 Trabzonspor
2011–2012 Antalya Büyükşehir Belediyesi
2014–2016 AEK Athens
2016–present AEK Athens (General Manager)
Career highlights and awards

As head coach:

Dragan Šakota (Serbian Cyrillic: Драган Шакота, Greek: Ντράγκαν Σάκοτα; born June 16, 1952 in Belgrade) is a Serbian-Greek[1] professional basketball coach. His son, Dušan Šakota, is also a professional basketball player, while his other son, Miloš Šakota, is a retired professional basketball player, and a current professional basketball coach.

Club coaching career

Šakota has coached many top European clubs (mostly Greek) such as: Aris, Iraklis, Peristeri, Apollon, PAOK, AEK Athens, Red Star Belgrade, Zadar, and Cibona, among others.[2] Šakota took over at Fortitudo Bologna for Andrea Mazzone, who got fired due to poor results in early January 2008, mid-season 2007–08.[3] At the time, the club had a 7-10 record in their national domestic league, and a 3-4 record in the Eurocup.

Šakota finished the 2007–08 season at the club, and also started the 2008–09 season there. In mid December 2008, he got fired and was replaced by Cesare Pancotto.[4] On November 16, 2011, Šakota became the new head coach of the Turkish Basketball League club Antalya Büyükşehir Belediyesi, replacing Serdar Apaydın, but after a few months he was fired again.

In 2014, he returned to AEK Athens.[5]

Yugoslav and Serbian and Montenegro national teams

Šakota was an assistant coach of the Yugoslav national basketball team from 1989 to 1990, working as an assistant coach with Yugoslavia at the 1990 FIBA World Championship. He was then an assistant coach of the FR Yugoslav national basketball team at the EuroBasket 1999. He was also an assistant coach of the Serbia and Montenegro national basketball team from 2004 to 2005, working as an assistant at both the 2004 Summer Olympic Games and the EuroBasket 2005.

In 2006, Šakota was the head coach of the Serbia and Montenegro national basketball team at the 2006 FIBA World Championship. Serbia and Montenegro finished the World Championship in 11th place, which was the lowest place finish ever for the Serbian national team at the tournament.[6][7]


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