In his first year as assistant coach at Missouri is Belgrade, Yugoslavia native Igor Kokoskov. In joining the Tigers, Kokoskov becomes the first European coach to hold a full-time position with an NCAA Division I school.
He brings an international approach to teaching basketball, and has worked with European stars such as Tony Kukoc, and Vlade Divac.
Considered to be one of Yugoslavia's top young coaches, Kokoskov has been instructing the basketball power country's top amateur and professional players for the past seven years. Kokoskov got to know MU Coach Quin Snyder while spending two months in 1998 as an observer with the Duke University basketball program.
Since 1996, Kokoskov has been the head coach of BC Partizan cadet and junior teams. Partizan is considered to be Europe's top basketball squad.
In 1997 he took on added responsibilities as an assistant coach of Yugoslavia's Junior National Team, and has been working with the team ever since. Prior to joining Mizzou, he helped lead the team to a silver medal at the Olympic Youth Games in Denmark over the summer.
From 1992-95, Kokoskov was a coach with another of Belgrade's top programs - BC Belgrade.
During 1992-93, he was the head coach of the BC Belgrade cadet team, (the United States equivalent of a high school team). He coached the squad to a fourth place ranking in Yugoslavia.
In 1994, he was the head coach of the BC Belgrade junior team (the U.S. equal of a college freshman team), which he led to the countries' second place ranking.
He then moved up to BC Belgrade's senior team (professional league), where he was an assistant from 1994-95. In 1995, he assumed the head coaching duties of the senior team when the squad's head coach became ill. That made Kokoskov, at just 24 years old, the youngest head coach in the history of Yugoslavian basketball.
Active on the lecture and coaching seminar circuit, Kokoskov first became interested in American basketball when he met Jim Calhoun, head coach at Connecticut in 1997. Shortly thereafter, Kokoskov spent nearly three months as an observer in the United States with such basketball programs as UConn, DePaul, Northwestern and the NBA's Chicago Bulls.
After returning to Yugoslavia, Kokoskov then came back to the U.S., where he spent November and December of 1998 as an observer at Duke.
Kokoskov is engaged to fellow Belgrade native and current fashion model Angelia Vujovic.
Dec. 17, 1971
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