Igor Kokoskov (kuh-KOS-kov) enters his fourth season as a member of the Suns’ coaching staff and his 12th season overall as an NBA assistant. He spent the previous five seasons with the Detroit Pistons, reaching the conference finals in each campaign, earning two NBA Finals appearances and the 2004 NBA title.
Prior to joining the Pistons, Kokoskov served as an assistant with the Los Angeles Clippers from 2000-03 under then-head coach Alvin Gentry, becoming the first full-time, non-American assistant coach in NBA history. Kokoskov later became the first non-American assistant to win an NBA championship and also the first to serve on an NBA All-Star Game coaching staff. He owns the distinction of being the first European coach to hold a full-time position with an NCAA Division I-A school when he served as an assistant at the University of Missouri during the 1999-00 season with current Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond.
The native of Belgrade, Serbia, owns extensive international experience as a head coach and assistant coach. He was an assistant with the Serbian national team at the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2005 European Championships under renowned European coach Zeljko Obradovic. Kokoskov has enjoyed four successful summers (2008-11) as the national team head coach for the Republic of Georgia with the team advancing to deeper in FIBA play every year. In 2011, his team advanced to the second round of the 2011 European Championships and was among the final 12 teams. Prior to his move to the United States, the 39-year-old instructed the former Yugoslavia’s top amateur and professional players for eight years, including a stint as an assistant coach for the nation’s junior national team.
Kokoskov, who was an assistant for the Suns’ 2008 and 2009 Las Vegas Summer League squads, has participated in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program and administered other clinics throughout Africa and Europe.
He and wife Patricia were married in the summer of 2009 and reside in Scottsdale. The couple welcomed a son, Luka, in February 2011.