Birthdate: September 6, 1968
IN A NUTSHELL:
From Athens, Greece, the 50 year old Chris Chougaz is one of the emerging top coaches in Europe after brilliantly guiding his Oberwart Gunners of Austria to the outstanding result of the FIBA EuroCup second stage during the 2016-2017 season with the youngest team in the competition, after having won the season before the Austrian Championship and National Cup and getting five of his players awarded. The overall outstanding season was good for a << Coach of the Year >> nominee by the League and the Burgenland Region in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
WHAT MAKES HIM SO GOOD:
Coach Chougaz has distinguished himself as a winning coach with the ability to create a win-win situation for both the Club and the Players he coaches. While obtaining good results through his system, he also constantly betters players, not afraid to put young ones in the mix and getting the best out of each one to the team’s benefit. Hard worker and demanding coach, Chris is also a great motivator who has the capacity to adapt to adversity while always looking to find solutions to keep the motivation and focus level high during the course of a season. Chougaz is also socially skilled and a fan favorite who rapidly integrates well in the local reality. A positive minded individual who transmits enthusiasm.
2017-2018: Head Coach USK Praha
Semifinalist of the Alpe Adria Club
NBL League Record: 16W - 16L
Czech Republic Cup Record: 2W – 1L
Signed to form young players within the first professional team, Chris Chougaz work resulted in three players of USK Prague called up on the 24 player list of the National Team (first time in Club history). Has used only three foreigners on team.
Was out for one month due to needed surgery in December/January.
2016-2017: Head Coach Oberwart Gunners
Finalist of the League Championship
Finalist of the National Cup
Qualified Club to 2nd Stage oft he EC. First Time in Club’s History
Club record for most wins in the regular season with 27
League Record for most away wins with 15
Named Coach of the Year in the Burgenland Region all sports included.
2015-2016: Head Coach Oberwart Gunners
Winner of the National Championship
Winner of the National Cup
Club record for most wins in the regular season with 21
Named Coach of the Year.
2014-2015: Head Coach Apollon Limassol & Panonios
3rd in Cypriot League & Cup Semifinalist before accepting the offer from Panonios.
2013-2014: Head Coach Correcaminos de Victoria
Left Club for unpaid wages at mid-season after a 7-7 record.
2012-2013: Head Coach Apollon Limassol
Took team over after predecessor was last in the ranking with 5 losses and 1 win.
Won vs. Gravellines in the Eurocup & Qualified Team to Play-offs to finish off the season successfully.
Full name: Christianos *Chougkaz*
Date of Birth: September 6th, 1968
Marital status: Married with two children, twins born in 2000. Both players.
Hometown: Athens, Greece.
Mother Language: Greek
Foreign Languages: Fluent French and English, some arabic
Other Activities : Former university physical education professor. Former player.
Career as a Coach