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Dragan Šakota (Serbian Cyrillic: Драган Шакота, Greek: Ντράγκαν Σάκοτα; born June 16, 1952) is a Serbian-Greek[1] professional basketball coach and executive and former player. He currently works as a technical & academies director for AEK Athens of the Greek League and the FIBA Champions League.

Dragan Šakota
Dragan Sakota.jpg
Šakota, in 2006.
AEK Athens
PositionTechnical & Academies Director
LeagueGreek League
FIBA Champions League
Personal information
Born (1952-06-16) June 16, 1952 (age 67)
Belgrade, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian / Greek
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Career information
Playing career1972–1983
Coaching career1983–present
Career history
As player:
As coach:
1989–1990Yugoslavia (assistant)
1991–1992Apollon Patras
1999FR Yugoslavia (assistant)
2001–2003AEK Athens
2004–2005Serbia and Montenegro (assistant)
2005–2007Crvena zvezda
2006Serbia and Montenegro
2008Fortitudo Bologna
2011–2012Antalya BB
2014–2016AEK Athens
2017–2018AEK Athens
Career highlights and awards
As head coach:


Playing careerEdit

Šakota played club basketball with the Yugoslavian club IMT, from 1972 to 1983.

Club coaching careerEdit

Šakota has been the head coach of 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, from 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 Italian 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 Super 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] He was AEK's head coach from 2014 to 2016, and from 2016 to 2017, he was the club's sports director. He became AEK's head coach again in 2017, and with them he won the FIBA Champions League and the Greek Cup titles, in 2018.

National team coaching careerEdit

Šakota was an assistant coach of the senior 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 senior FR Yugoslav national basketball team, at the EuroBasket 1999. He was also an assistant coach of the senior 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]

Personal lifeEdit

Šakota's son, Dušan Šakota, is a professional basketball player, while his other son, Miloš Šakota, is a retired professional basketball player, and professional basketball coach.


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