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Brian GOORJIAN

Date of Birth: 28/06/1953

Place of birth: Glendale (USA)

Team 2007-08: SYDNEY KINGS / South Dragons (Australia-NBL)

Career: East Side Melbourne Spectres (Australia-NBL, 1988-96), Victoria Titans (Australia-NBL, 1998-2002), Sydney Kings (Australia-NBL, 2002-08), South Dragons (2008).

International career: Assistant coach Australian National Team (2001), Head Coach Australian National Team (2003-08).

The American-born Brian Goorjian came to Australia in 1977 to play for the Melbourne Tigers. He was appointed as head coach of the East Side Melbourne Spectres in 1988 and won two national titles with this team.
In 1998, he took the reins of the Sydney Kings and has claimed three consecutive titles between 2003 and 2005. He is currently regarded as Australia’s most successful basketball coach and is only the second head man to have coached more than 600 games in the NBL. In 2003 the NBL Hall of Fame selection committee voted Brian Goorjian the best coach of the first 25 years of the National Basketball League. In one of the notable statistics in sport, Goorjian-coached teams have finished no worst than the semi-finals every year since 1990. He has also coached teams to a record 12 grand finals and won 'Coach of the year' on 5 occasions. Also in 2003, after the National Team failed to qualify for the 2002 FIBA World Championship, he succeeded Phyl Smith at the head of the Boomers and led them to a ninth place at the Athens Olympic Games. Brian Goorjian is the most successful coach in Australian basketball history. In an NBL coaching career spanning over 20 years since his debut with the Eastside Spectres in 1988 Goorjian has won 5 Championships (2 with the South East Melbourne Magic and 3 with the Sydney Kings).

 

 
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