Zvezda brings back Sakota as head coach

Nov 23, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print
Zvezda brings back Sakota as head coach
Serbian powerhouse Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade appointed Dragan Sakota as a new head coach, the club announced on Saturday. Sakota, 67, replaces Andrija Gavrilovic who served on an interim basis since Round 4 when Zvezda parted ways with Milan Tomic. Sakota last coached AEK Athens, who he guided to FIBA Champions League and Greek Cup titles in 2018. He now returns to his hometown club after more than a decade, having been Zvezda head coach for two seasons, from 2005 to 2007. During 35 years of his head coaching career, Sakota has been on the bench of teams from Serbia, Croatia, Italy, Turkey and Greece. Sakota last coached in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague 15 years ago - two seasons in his first stint with AEK followed by one season with Olympiacos Piraeus in the 2003-04 campaign - and has 16 wins and 29 losses in those games. Sakota also coached five seasons in the 7DAYS EuroCup, two with Zvezda, twice with Fortitudo Bologna, and the latest with AEK in the 2015-16 season. During his career, Sakota won the Saporta Cup with PAOK Thessaloniki in 1991, won the Greek League title with AEK in 2002, and guided Zvezda to the domestic Cup title in 2006. He also served as the national team coach of Serbia and Montenegro in 2006. His EuroLeague chapter with Zvezda starts this coming week with a home game against Valencia Basket.