Tiit Sokk

Tiit Sokk (born November 15, 1964) is a retired Estonian professional basketball player and the current coach of the Estonian national basketball team. Often cited as one of the very best European point guards of his generation, he is widely recognised as the greatest Estonian basketball player in history. In August 2011, Sokk was inducted into the Estonian Basketball Hall of Fame.

Tiit Sokk
Tiit Sokk 2006.jpg
Tiit Sokk coaching Estonia in 2006
Personal information
Born (1964-11-15) November 15, 1964 (age 56)
Tartu, Estonia
NationalityEstonian
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
Playing career1979–1998
PositionPoint guard
Coaching career1998–present
Career history
As player:
1979–1984Kalev
1984–1986Dynamo Moscow
1986–1992Kalev
1992–1996Panathinaikos
1996–1997Kalev
1997–1998Aris
As coach:
1998–2008Triobet/Dalkia
2006–2010Audentes/Noortekoondis
2010Kalev/Cramo (assistant)
2010–2014TTÜ
2014–presentBetoonimeister/Tskk/Nord
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

  • 2× I Liiga (2007, 2017)
  • International Student Basketball League (2013)

Professional careerEdit

Sokk was awarded the Estonian best male athlete award in 1988. He won the Soviet Union League title in 1991 with Kalev Tallinn, and ended his career as a player in 1997, after playing a season with Aris in Greece.

National team careerEdit

Sokk's most notable achievement was winning the Olympic gold medal as a member of the Soviet Union national team at the 1988 Summer Olympics.[1] He also won two FIBA World Cup silver medals in 1986 and 1990, as well as the bronze medal at EuroBasket 1989.

Coaching careerEdit

After his playing career, Sokk founded a basketball school in Estonia, coached in the Estonian Basketball League, and has been the head coach of the Estonian national team since 2004.

Personal lifeEdit

Tiit Sokk has two sons, Tanel and Sten, who also play professional basketball at the international level for Estonian teams BC Tartu and Kalev/Cramo respectively. During his career in Greece he played under the name Tout Giannopoulos.

AchievementsEdit

Kalev Tallinn
Panathinaikos

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Tiit Sokk Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 15 July 2018.

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