Brian Goorjian

Head Coach of the Sydney Kings

Brian Goorjian is the head coach of the Australia men’s national basketball team, the Boomers and the most successful coach in Australian basketball. His career has been called the most successful in NBL history by Basketball Australia.

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.

Brian is a very entertaining and passionate speaker who brings his significant coaching expertise and experience to the corporate arena, delivering clear lessons about motivation, leadership and teamwork.

He is also able to provide a rare insight and unique perspective to companies on how to overcome the challenges of doing business in China.

Brian Goorjian talks about:

  • Creating a winning team
  • Coping with change in the workplace
  • Maintaining a winning position in a highly competitive environment
  • Teamwork
  • Surviving a merger
  • What it takes to be successful
  • Providing good leadership & developing potential
  • Coping with failure and coming out on top
  • Developing a culture

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