Ufuk Sarıca

Last updated
Ufuk Sarıca
Sarıca as head coach of Anadolu Efes in 2012
Pınar Karşıyaka
Position Head coach
Personal information
Born (1972-06-13) June 13, 1972 (age 48)
İstanbul, Turkey
Listed height1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Career information
Playing career1989–2004
Coaching career2006–present
Career history
As player:
1989–1999 Efes Pilsen
1999–2001 Ülkerspor
2001 Bnei Herzliya
2001 Montepaschi Siena
2001–2002 Pınar Karşıyaka
2002–2003 Darüşşafaka
2003–2004 Beşiktaş
As coach:
2006–2007 Beşiktaş (assistant)
2007 Beşiktaş
2007–2008 Beşiktaş (assistant)
2008–2011 Anadolu Efes (assistant)
2011–2012 Anadolu Efes
2012–2016 Pınar Karşıyaka
2014–2017 Turkey (assistant)
2016–2018 Beşiktaş
2017–2020 Turkey
2019–present Pınar Karşıyaka

Ufuk Sarıca (born June 13, 1972) is a Turkish former professional basketball player and current head coach of Pınar Karşıyaka.


Playing career

Sarıca began his career at the age of 16 at Efes Pilsen's Youth Team, and played for Efes for 11 consecutive seasons. During his time at Efes, he won the Korać Cup in 1996, beating Italian side Olimpia Milano at the two-legged final. While with Efes Pilsen he reached the European Cup final as well as playing in the EuroLeague Quarter-finals 4 times (3 of these quarterfinals were consecutive between 1997 and 1999). He was part of the strong Efes roster along with Hidayet Türkoğlu, Ömer Onan, and Hüseyin Beşok. He left the team in the summer of 1999 after important members of the legendary Efes Team of 1996, Tamer Oyguç, Murat Evliyaoğlu, and Volkan Aydın, were let go from the club.

He joined Ülkerspor where he won the Turkish League title during the 2000–2001 season. As Harun Erdenay became more influential in the forward position his playing time was limited and as such he moved to Israeli side Bnei Herzliya. This was followed by a short spell at Montepaschi Siena.

After Siena, Sarica returned to Turkey and played at Pınar Karşıyaka, Darüşşafaka, and Beşiktaş Cola Turka, each for a single season, after which he retired.

Coaching career

First years

Sarıca began his post-retirement career as the assistant of Murat Didin at Beşiktaş. When Didin left the club in March 2007, Sarıca was appointed as caretaker manager until the end of the season. Then he worked with Ergin Ataman as assistant coach at Beşiktaş again where they reached the TBL play-off semi-finals in the 2007-08 season. Ataman left the Beşiktaş and joined Efes Pilsen at the end of the season and Sarıca joined Efes Pilsen as the assistant coach of Ataman once again. [1] He became head coach on an interim basis during the 2010–11 season and was handed the role as permanent head coach in June 2011.


On July 17, 2012, he signed a two-year contract with Pınar Karşıyaka. [2] He won the Turkish Cup championship in the 2013–14 season. On June 5, 2014, he signed an extension contract with Pınar Karşıyaka until 2015. On June 19, 2015, he won the Turkish League championship in 2014–15 season by beating Fenerbahçe Ülker and Efes Pilsen in semifinals and finals. [3]


He signed a three-year contract with Beşiktaş on August 2, 2016. [4]

Return to Karşıyaka

On June 25, 2019, he has signed 3-years deal with former team Pınar Karşıyaka. [5]


As player

As coach

Related Research Articles

Anadolu Efes S.K.

Anadolu Efes Spor Kulübü, formerly known as Efes Pilsen, is a Turkish professional basketball team that is based in Istanbul, Turkey. It is the most successful club in the history of the Turkish Super League (BSL), having won the league's championship 14 times. Efes won a total of 37 domestic trophies, more than any other Turkish basketball club.

Turkey mens national basketball team

The Turkey men's national basketball team represents Turkey in international basketball tournaments. They are governed by the Turkish Basketball Federation. Their nickname is the 12 Dev Adam, meaning 12 Giant Men.

Hüseyin Beşok is a retired Turkish professional basketball player. Standing at 2.11 m in height and 120 kg (265 lbs) in weight, he used to play as center.

Petar Naumoski

Petar "Pece" Naumoski is a former Macedonian professional basketball player. At a height of 1.95 m tall, and a weight of 95 kg (210 lbs.), he played mainly at the point guard position during his career, but he could also play as a shooting guard and a small forward. He was a very skillful play maker. In his pro playing career, he had some quite successful years, while playing in Turkey and Italy.

Serhat Çetin is a Turkish professional basketball player, who lastly played for CSO Voluntari of the Liga Națională. Standing at 6 ft 5.75 in (1.97 m), he mainly plays the small forward position but he also has the ability to play as a shooting guard position if needed.

The 2007-08 Turkish Basketball League was the 42nd season of the top professional basketball league in Turkey. Beşiktaş Cola Turka finished first in the regular season and Fenerbahçe Ülker won their third national championship at the end of playoffs.

Birkan Batuk Turkish professional basketball player

Birkan Batuk is a Turkish professional basketball player for Bursaspor of the Turkish Basketball Super League (BSL). He mainly plays at the shooting guard position, but he also has the ability to play as a small forward, if needed.

Arda Vekiloğlu is a Turkish professional basketball coach and former player. He was recently head coach for Petkim Spor of the TBL. He was a part of the Turkey national basketball team.

Ergin Ataman Turkish professional basketball coach

Halil Ergin Ataman is a Turkish professional basketball coach. He is the current head coach of Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball Super League and the EuroLeague. During his playing career which begun in 1982, he played at Eczacıbaşı and Yeşilyurt basketball teams.

Murat Özyer Turkish basketball player and coach

Necdet Murat Özyer is a former Turkish national basketball player. He is now the coordinator of Galatasaray Medical Park men' s basketball team.

The 2005-06 Turkish Basketball League was the 40th season of the top-tier professional basketball league in Turkey. The season started on October 15, 2005. Ülkerspor won their fourth national championship this season.

The 2004-05 Turkish Basketball League was the 39th season of the top-tier professional basketball league in Turkey. The season started on October 22, 2004. Efes Pilsen won their twelfth national championship this season.

Murat Didin

Kamil Murat Didin is a Turkish former basketball player and coach.

Bora Paçun Turkish basketball player

Bora Hun Paçun is a Turkish professional basketball player for Merkezefendi Bld. Denizli Basket of the TBL. He is 6 ft 10.75 in tall center.

Valentin Pastal is a Turkish professional basketball player for Best Balıkesir of the Turkish Basketball League (TBL). He has also competed for the Turkey national basketball team, making most of his appearances through 2004 and 2005. Pastal has previously been with Efes Pilsen and Pınar Karşıyaka, 2 of the 7 teams he has represented in the course of his playing career. Although he is generally considered to be a small forward, the Ashgabat native is known for the versatility he headlines. Pastal is often set side by side with NBA player and fellow countryman Hedo Türkoğlu thanks to his multipurpose attributes.

The 2014-15 Turkish Basketball League, was the 49th season of the top professional basketball league in Turkey.

Karşıyaka Basket, mostly known as Pınar Karşıyaka for sponsorship reasons, is a Turkish professional basketball team that is located in Karşıyaka, İzmir. It is a section of the multi-sport club Karşıyaka SK. The team also goes by the name of KSK, which stands for Karşıyaka Spor Kulübü.

Beşiktaş J.K. (mens basketball)

Beşiktaş Basketbol is a Turkish professional basketball team from the city of İstanbul. The team formed in 1967 as the basketball section of Beşiktaş J.K., which was founded in 1903. The team competes in the Turkish Basketball Super League and in the FIBA Europe Cup.

The 2015–16 Basketbol Süper Ligi was the 50th season of the top-tier professional basketball league in Turkey. The season started on October 10, 2015 and ended on June 13, 2016. Fenerbahçe won its 7th national championship this season.

Aydan Siyavuş was a Turkish basketball coach and former basketball player. He coached a number of teams like Kadıköyspor, Eczacıbaşı, Efes Pilsen, Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe, Çukurova, Darüşşafaka, Karşıyaka and Galatasaray as well as the youth, junior's university and senior national teams. He was the most successful head coach of the Turkish Super Basketball League.


  1. Sarica at Efes! (in Turkish)
  2. Pınar Karşıyaka hires Ufuk Sarıca
  3. http://www.tbl.org.tr/tbl/detail/2015/06/19/tbl'nin-yeni-%C5%9Fampiyonu-p%C4%B1nar-kar%C5%9F%C4%B1yaka
  4. Ufuk Sarıca, Beşiktaş Sompo Japan’da (in Turkish)
  5. "Pınar Karşıyaka'da Ufuk Sarıca Dönemi" (in Turkish). Ntvspor. June 25, 2019. Retrieved June 26, 2019.