Speaker available for hire, based in Victoria
Brian Goorjian first came to Australia in 1977 to play for the Melbourne Tigers under Coach Lindsay Gaze. He played for Lindsay for seven seasons before embarking on a coaching career.
His peers rate him as the most successful coach ever in the NBL winning over 400 games with an unmatched winning percentage of 69%. This outstanding record of success is one that exceeds those recorded by Australian coaching legends in the other major professional leagues including Kevin Sheedy (AFL - 365), Alan Jeans (AFL - 358), Tom Hafey (AFL - 336), David Parkin (AFL - 306), Wayne Bennett (NRL - 294 wins) and Tim Sheens (NRL - 235).
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.
Brian was until July 2002 head coach of the Victorian Titans but with their financial collapse he was quickly snapped-up and appointed coach of the Sydney Kings. Brian is entering his 18th consecutive season as a Head Coach in the NBL.
In 2001 he was appointed Head Coach of the Australian Men’s National team, “The Boomers”, making him the first foreign-born coach ever to be appointed to this position.
Brian has won 5 NBL Championships and for the past consecutive 16 seasons his teams have reached the NBL semi finals, including appearing in a total of 9 Grand Finals. He took the Sydney Kings to their first ever NBL Championship in his first year as coach in April 2003, and again with back-to-back NBL Championships in April 2004. In 2005 they made NBL history winning a third consecutive championship. Brian has also won the prestigious award for Coach of the Year on four occasions, the last time in 2002.
As a speaker Brian is considered one of the most entertaining and passionate of all the elite sports coaches.
¨ Creating A Winning Team
¨ Coping With Change In The Workplace
¨ Maintaining A Winning Position In A Highly Competitive Environment
¨ Surviving A Merger (In Brian’s Case, Two!!)
¨ What It Takes To Be Successful
¨ Providing Good Leadership & Developing Potential
¨ Coping With Failure And Coming Out On Top
¨ Developing A Culture
A QUICK SNAPSHOT OF HIS CAREER:
Brian has coached over 550 games in the NBL with a remarkable 69% winning percentage. His achievements during this time include:
¨ • Winning 5 championships
¨ • Having his teams reach the semi-finals or better for 17 consecutive seasons
¨ • Being voted NBL coach of the year 4 times
¨ • Voted the "greatest" coach ever in the first 25 years of the NBL’s history