Valeri Tikhonenko

Valeri Tikhonenko (Russian: Валерий Алексеевич Тихоненко; born 19 August 1964) is a retired Soviet and Russian professional basketball player and coach. During his playing career, he played at the small forward and power forward positions, with power forward being his main position. He represented both the Soviet Union and Russia in national team competitions. With the Soviet Union, he won a gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics.[1]

Valeri Tikhonenko
Personal information
Born (1964-08-19) 19 August 1964 (age 56)
Angren, Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
Listed height2.07 m (6 ft 9 in)
Listed weight106 kg (234 lb)
Career information
NBA draft1986 / Round: 7 / Pick: 157th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career1984–2000
PositionPower forward / Small forward
Coaching career2000–2010
Career history
As player:
1984–1985SKA Alma-Ata
1985–1987CSKA Moscow
1987–1990SKA Alma-Ata
1990–1991Fórum Valladolid
1991–1992Unicaja Ronda
1992–1993Argal Huesca
1993–1994Spartak Moscow
1994–1997CSK VVS-Samara
1997Arsenal Tula
1997–2000CSKA Moscow
As coach:
2000–2002CSKA Moscow
2004–2005Dynamo Moscow
2005–2009CSK VVS-Samara
2009–2010Russia Women
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As head coach:

Professional careerEdit

Tikhonenko was selected by the Atlanta Hawks, in the 7th round of the 1986 NBA Draft, with the 157th overall draft pick. During his pro club career, Tikhonenko won three Russian Championships with CSKA Moscow (1998, 1999, 2000).

National team careerEdit

With the senior Soviet Union national team, Tikhonenko won a gold medal at the 1984 Friendship Games (the alternate tournament to the 1984 Summer Olympics), a gold medal at the 1985 EuroBasket, a silver medal at the 1986 FIBA World Cup, a silver medal at the 1987 EuroBasket, a gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics, a bronze medal at the 1989 EuroBasket, and a silver medal at the 1990 FIBA World Cup. He also played at the 1992 Summer Olympics, as a member of the Unified Team).

As a member of Russia's national team, he played at the 1998 FIBA World Cup, where he won a silver medal, and at the 1999 EuroBasket.[2]

Executive careerEdit

Tikhonenko became the general manager of the Kazakh League club Astana, in 2011.

Personal lifeEdit

Tikhonenko was a lieutenant colonel in the Russian Army.

Orders wonEdit


  1. ^ "Valery Tikhonenko Biography and Olympic Results". Olympics at Archived from the original on April 18, 2020. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
  2. ^ Valeri Tikhonenko (RUS).

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