AEK BC announced that Dragan Sakota will be the team΄s new coach until 2017. In addition, AEK BC accepted his personal plans regarding the organisation of the team΄s Development Program.
The announcement stated:
«The board of AEK BC announces that Dragan Sakota will be the «Queen΄s» new head coach until 2017. Moreover, it is informed that the board accepted Mr. Sakota΄s long term plan, which is based on a revolutionary organisation system of th team΄s Development Program. The plan΄s details will be revealed soon.
AEK BC welcomes the emblematic and popular coach, who led the team in 2002 to its most glorious moment!
Dragan Sakota started his coaching career in IMT Beograd (1983-1988) and won the Yugoslavian Cup in 1987. KK Zadar (1988-1989) and KK Chibona (1989-1990) were his next professional destinations until he decided to move in Greece.
The teams which Sakota coached were PAOK BC (1990-1991, 1994-1995), Apollon Patras BC (1991-1992), Iraklis BC (1993-1994, 1998-2000), Peristeri BC (1995-1997), Aris BC (2000-2001), AEK BC (2001-2003) and Olympiacos BC (2003-2004).
Despite the fact that the 62 year-old won the Cup Winners Cup with PAOK BC in 1991, Sakota made history by leading AEK BC to win the League in 2002 after an epic comeback against Olympiacos (from 0-2 to 3-2).
In 2005, the Serbian-Greek coach was signed by SD Crvena Zvezda for two years (2005-2007) and won the Korac Cup in 2006.
In January 2008 Sakota moved to Fortitudo Bologna and stayed there until December. Further, he coached Trabzonspor BC (2010-2011) and Adalya BC (2011-2012) in Turkey.
In 1990, Sakota was Dusan Ivkovic΄s coaching partner in the famous National team of Yugoslavia that won the golden medal in Mundobasket held in Argentine.In 1999, he coached the National team of Serbia with Zeliko Obradovic and won the bronze medal in Eurobasket held in France. He also was Serbia΄s head coach in Mundobasket held in Japan in 2006.
Lastly, he has been a member of Yugoslavia΄s and Serbia΄s National teams and a member of the technical committee of the Federations for many years».