Australian Boomers Head Coach, Brian Goorjian is bound for the Philippines after signing on to coach the Bay Area Dragons in the new East Asia Super League.
Set to lead the Dragons for the next two seasons, the Boomers’ bronze medal coach will be tasked with the challenge of building the new club from scratch.
“I am honored to be appointed as the Bay Area Dragons’ head coach, and I am looking forward to the challenge. Being the first guest club in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) in two decades while competing in the premier league in Asia, East Asia Super League, is an exciting prospect,” Goorjian said.
He will manage a roster of top free agents from Hong Kong SAR, Mainland China, Chinese Taipei and Macau SAR for its local players. Like all East Asia Super League (EASL) teams, the club will also have one Asian import and two foreign import players, making up its dynamic roster. For the PBA, the squad will play with one import (height limit to be determined), respecting the PBA’s Commissioner’s Cup regulations.
Having played an integral role in the development of Asian basketball, Goorjian coached in the China Basketball Association (CBA) for more than a decade winning nearly 70% of his games and becoming the first-ever foreign coach of the year during the 2013-2014 CBA season.
“Brian Goorjian is one of the best coaches in the world and holds a deep understanding of Asian basketball. Without a doubt, he will make this club very competitive. He’s developed some of the best players in Asia and coached the best teams. Goorjian’s accolades speak for themselves,” said EASL CEO, Matt Beyer.
However, Australian basketball fans can be well assured that ‘Goorj’ remains 100% committed to the national team.
“The Boomers remain a priority for me and I look forward to working with the team as together we go for gold in Paris.”
Introducing your Bay Area Dragons Head Coach — Brian Goorjian 🐉
— East Asia Super League (@EASLofficial) May 12, 2022