Gert Kullamäe

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Gert Kullamäe
TalTech
Position Head coach
Personal information
Born (1971-06-03) 3 June 1971 (age 49)
Tallinn, Estonia
NationalityEstonian
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
Playing career1985–2009
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Number14
Coaching career2009–present
Career history
As player:
1985–1989TPI
1989–1990TPEDI
1990–1993 Kalev
1993–1994 Žalgiris Kaunas
1994–1996 Kalev
1996–1997Kamee
1998–2000Kalev
2000–2001 Telindus Oostende
2001–2002BC Hotronic
2002–2004 Brose Baskets
2004–2006 EiffelTowers
2006–2009 Tartu Ülikool/Rock
As coach:
2009–2012Tartu Ülikool/Rock (assistant)
2012–2017Tartu Ülikool/Rock
2018–2019 Tallinna Kalev/TLÜ
2019 TalTech
2020– Pärnu Sadam (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Gert Kullamäe (born 3 June 1971) [1] is an Estonian basketball coach and a former professional basketball player who currently coaches Estonian team Pärnu Sadam. Kullamäe mostly played at the shooting guard position and was a great 3-point shooter. As a player he is a seven-time Estonian Champion and Soviet Union, Lithuanian, Belgian and Dutch champion.

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Club career

Kullamäe was born in Tallinn, Estonia, and made his senior club debut with TPI (Tallinn University of Technology) team in Estonian SSR Championship (today Korvpalli Meistriliiga). This happened in autumn 1985 when he was only 14 years and 4 months old. [2] After some seasons, he signed with Kalev and he has played in USSR Championships; Korać Cup in 1990–91 and FIBA European Champions Cup in 1991–92. During this period Kullamäe won USSR Championship in 1991 and Estonian Championships in 1992 and 1993. Then he moved to Lithuanian BC Zalgiris and won the Lithuanian Championship in 1994. In Lithuania he was coached by Jaak Salumets, ex-coach of Tallinn "Kalev" and the Estonia national basketball team. After a successful season with the Lithuanian club Kullamäe came back to Estonia and played for Kalev and "Kamee" teams in Meistriliiga. He won the Estonian Championships again in 1995 and 1998. Eurobasket.com voted him a Meistriliiga MVP in 1998; 1999; 2000. Kullamäe signed a contract with Telindus Oostende in 2000–01 season and won the Belgian League with the team. After a serious knee injury and one season in an Estonian team "BC Hotronic" he moved back to Europe. Kullamäe signed to a Bundesliga team Brose Baskets. With this team he won two German Championships silver medals and then moved to EiffelTowers. Kullamäe was voted Dutch Eredivisie All-Bosman Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006, he also won the Dutch Championship in 2006. In summer of 2006 Kullamäe came back to Estonia and joined Tartu Ülikool/Rock. In 2007 and 2008 he won his 5th and 6th Estonian Championship title with Tartu team. He has also finished Baltic Basketball League on third place in 2008–09 season with Rock. [3]

Coaching

In July 2009 he announced his retirement from active career and became an assistant coach in Tartu Rock. [4] Kullamäe became head coach of Tartu in January 2012 after Indrek Visnapuu resigned. [5] Kullamäe left Tartu after the team missed out of the 2017 Estonian League finals. In January 2018 he became the head coach of Tallinna Kalev/TLÜ. [6] Kullamäe resigned in January 2019 due to a disagreement with the club management. [7] In May 2019 he became the head coach of TalTech. [8] He resigned in December 2019 and became the assistant coach of Pärnu Sadam in February 2020. [9]

National team career

In the late 1980s, Kullamäe was a member of the U-17 USSR Basketball team (coached by Modestas Paulauskas) and the U-19 USSR Basketball team (coached by Stanislav Eremin). He won a bronze medal with the USSR team at the FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship in 1987. Kullamäe was a member of Estonia national basketball team between 1993 and 1995, 1998 and 2001, and in 2004 and 2007 (when he served as captain). His national team career-high score was 32 points, which was obtained during a match against Lithuania in autumn 1994, as part of the EuroBasket 1995 qualifying round. Kullamäe was also a member of the Estonian EuroBasket 1993 squad. [10]

Season by season results as head coach

Abbreviations:
QF; quarter-finals.
T16; top sixteen.
L32; last 32.
RS; regular season.
QR2; qualification round 2.

LeagueClubSeasonDomestic CompetitionsRegional CompetitionsEuropean Competitions
ChampionshipCupCompetitionPositionCompetitionPosition
Korvpalli Meistriliiga Tartu Ülikool/Rock 2012–13 2nd QF Baltic Basketball League QF 3 EuroChallenge RS
2013–14 2nd 1st 3rd 3 EuroChallenge QF
2014–15 1st 1st 4th 3 EuroChallenge T16
2015–16 2nd 2nd 2nd 3 Europe Cup L32
2016–17 3rd 2nd 3rd 3 Champions League QR2
4 Europe Cup RS
Tallinna Kalev/TLÜ 2017–18 QF No comp. QF Did not participate
2018–19 (resigned) Latvian-Estonian Basketball League (resigned)
TalTech 2019–20 (resigned) (resigned)

Honours

As a player

As a coach

  • 2009–10 Estonian Cup (Tartu Ülikool/Rock)
  • 2009–10 Estonian League (Tartu Ülikool/Rock)
  • 2010–11 Baltic League Cup (Tartu Ülikool/Rock)
  • 2010–11 Estonian Cup (Tartu Ülikool/Rock)
  • 2011–12 Estonian Cup (Tartu Ülikool)
  • 2013–14 Estonian Cup (Tartu Ülikool/Rock)
  • 2014–15 Estonian Cup (Tartu Ülikool/Rock)
  • 2014–15 Estonian League (Tartu Ülikool/Rock)

Orders

EST Order of the White Star - 5th Class BAR.png Order of the White Star, 5th Class: 2010

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