Brian Goorjian

  • PositionHead Coach

Hall of Fame Class: 2013 Role: Coach


Hall of Fame Class: 2013 Role: Coach


In the history of the National Basketball League, no one has coached more games with more wins than Brian Goorjian. Landing in Australia in 1977 to play for Lindsay Gaze and the Melbourne Tigers, Goorjian was an inaugural member of the Tigers NBL team in 1984.

After retiring as a player soon after, Goorjian answered the call to coach the Eastside Melbourne Magic in 1988 and subsequently forged arguably the most successful coaching career in NBL history. Between 1988 and 2009, he coached 735 games for 514 wins, at an incredible winning percentage of 70%. Over that time, Goorjian amassed six NBL championships, six Lindsay Gaze NBL Coach of the Year awards, 19 consecutive NBL play-off appearances and 13 NBL Grand Final series appearances.

He was the first coach to deliver three consecutive Championships, leading the Sydney Kings to three titles from 2003 to 2005. His national record demanded a call-up to the international level, and Goorjian served as Head Coach of the Australian Boomers for 115 games between 2002 and 2008, including the 2004 and 2008 Olympics Games, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and 2006 FIBA World Championships.

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