• Home
  • /
  • Sports
  • /
  • Steve Giatzoglou | Greek Basketball Player, Biography, Early Life, Career, Dating, Facts

Steve Giatzoglou | Greek Basketball Player, Biography, Early Life, Career, Dating, Facts

QUICK FACTS

IntroGreek American former professional basketball player
IsAthlete, Sports coach, Basketball coach, Basketball player
FromGreece
TypeSports
GenderMale

BIOGRAPHY

Stylianos “Steve” Giatzoglou (alternate spellings: Yantzoglou, Yatzoglou; Greek: Στυλιανός “Στηβ” Γιατζόγλου; born 11 December 1949), is a Greek American professional basketball coach, and the president of the Union of Greek Basketball Athletes. He’s a former former basketball player, having competed professionally in the Greek Basket League.

PLAYING CAREER

College

Giatzoglou played college basketball at Connecticut College, under the name Steve Young.

Professional

Giatzoglou’s pro career was noted for his successes with the Greek Basket League club Olympiacos. He’s considered today as one of the greatest players in the club’s history. With Olympiacos, he won 2 Greek League championships and 4 Greek Cups. He was the Greek Cup Finals Top Scorer in 1977, 1978, 1979, and 1980.

GREEK NATIONAL TEAM

Giatzoglou made his debut with Greece national basketball team on May 6, 1973. He played in 115 games, scoring a total of 1,468 points, for a scoring average of 12.8 points per game.

Giatzoglou played in 3 EuroBasket tournaments with Greece’s national team : in 1973, 1975, and 1979. His last game with the Greek national team was on 18 February 1981, in a friendly game against the Bulgarian national basketball team.

COACHING CAREER

As a coach, Giatzoglou worked in several clubs in Greece: Olympiacos; Aris; Pagrati; Egaleo; Iraklis; AEK; Dafni; and Peristeri.

In 2014, Giatzoglou was hired as assistant coach to work in South Korea, with the Goyang Orions of the Korean Basketball League. In 2015, Giatzoglou returned to Greece to coach Kavala.

TEAM TITLES WON AS A PLAYER

Olympiacos

  • Greek League Champion: 1976; 1978;
  • Greek Cup Champion: 1976; 1977; 1978; 1980

Greek national team

  • 1972 Balkan Basketball Cup: Silver
  • 1974 Balkan Basketball Cup: Bronze
  • 1976 Balkan Basketball Cup: Bronze
  • 1979 Mediterranean Games: Gold
  • 1979 Balkan Basketball Cup: Gold
  • 1980 Balkan Basketball Cup: Bronze

PERSONAL LIFE

In October 2016, Giatzoglou endorsed the nationalist, far-right political party of Golden Dawn and attended the celebration of their newspaper’s 1000th issue.

Spread the love

Leave a Reply