Hall of Fame Class: Head Coach
Brian Goorjian is an American-Australian professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Illawarra Hawks of the National Basketball League (NBL) and the Australia men’s national basketball team.
He is the most successful coach in Australian basketball. In an NBL coaching career spanning over 20 years, Goorjian has won six championships: two with the South East Melbourne Magic, three with the Sydney Kings and one with the South Dragons.
In 2009, Goorjian became the head coach of the Dongguan Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and stayed with the team for six seasons.
He served as an assistant coach for the Guangdong Southern Tigers from 2015 to 2016 and as a special advisor to the Shanghai Sharks from 2016 to 2018. Goorjian returned to coaching duties when he joined the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in 2018 as an assistant coach for one season.
After spending a decade in the CBA, he returned to the NBL in 2020 as the head coach of the Illawarra Hawks.
He previously served as the head coach of the Australia men’s team from 2001 to 2008 before returning as coach in 2020.