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Alexander Gomelsky
Personal information
Born (1928-01-18)18 January 1928
Kronstadt, Leningrad Oblast, RSFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Soviet / Russian
Died 16 August 2005(2005-08-16) (aged 77)
Moscow, Russia
Career information
Pro career 1945–1953
Coaching career 1949–1991
Career history
As player:
1945–1948 ODO LenVO
1949–1953 Rīgas ASK
As coach:
1949–1952 Spartak Leningrad (women)
1953–1966 Rīgas ASK
1969–1980, 1985–1986 CSKA Moscow
1988–1989 Tenerife AB
1990–1991 CSP Limoges
Career highlights and awards
As a head coach
  • 4× EuroLeague champion (1958–1960, 1971)
  • Honored Coach of the USSR (1956)
  • Master of Sports of the USSR International Class (1965)
  • 13× Soviet League champion (1955, 1957, 1958, 1970–1974, 1976–1980)
  • 2× Soviet Cup winner (1972, 1973)
  • 4× Soviet Union Men's Basketball Coach of the Year (1967, 1977, 1982, 1988)
  • Honored Coach of the Lithuanian SSR (1982)
  • Olympic Order (1998)
  • Contributor to Russian Basketball (2004)
  • 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors (2008)

Alexander Yakovlevich Gomelsky (Russian: Гомельский, Александр Яковлевич; 18 January 1928 – 16 August 2005) was a Soviet and Russian professional basketball player and coach. The father of Soviet and Russian basketball, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995 and the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007.

Alexander Gomelsky was awarded the Olympic Order by the International Olympic Committee in 1998. In 2008, he was named one of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors.

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