Brian Goorjian is well known to Australian basketball fans.
Brian Goorjian is well known to Australian basketball fans.

Hawks swoop on coaching legend

A FRIENDSHIP stretching back more than a decade has helped snare the rebranded Hawks legendary NBL coach and former Australian Boomers boss Brian Goorjian for the next two seasons.

It is a major coup for the Hawks with Goorjian coaching in China for the past 11 years after winning a record six NBL championships as coach with the South East Melbourne Magic, Sydney Kings and South Dragons.

The coaching supremo's relationship with co-owner Dorry Kordahi, one of a group of local and overseas investors who purchased the club licence last week, dates back to their time at the Sydney Kings.

Brian Goorjian is regarded as a legend in NBL coaching circles.
Brian Goorjian is regarded as a legend in NBL coaching circles.

"Having been close friends with Brian for over 11 years at our time at the Sydney Kings, we have always said if I ever come back into owning a team again he would be there with me. So to see this come true is something special," Dorry said.

Goorjian said he is committed to putting together a Hawks team and staff that the community will get behind and be proud of.

"Over many years I have competed against the Hawks and seen at first hand the passion of their fans. I feel Wollongong and surrounding areas have a very strong basketball following. Their fans are loud and have always shown outstanding loyalty to their team. It's definitely a basketball community and one that I will enjoy being a part of," he said.

"Over time, I would like to build a winning culture with a team that is consistently in the top four, that has a chance each year of winning a championship."

Brian Goorjian will being vital experience to the club.
Brian Goorjian will being vital experience to the club.

Goorjian said his first priority is to put together a staff and playing roster who are both good players and "good people".

"A key ingredient in any successful organisation is the ownership. I have a history with Dorry Kordahi since my days at the Kings and have formed a very close friendship with him,'' Goorjian said.

"During discussions with Dorry and the other two owners, Bryan Colangelo and Michael Proctor, I have been equally impressed by their commitment and passion to build a really strong franchise.

They are all successful in their chosen careers and I felt the chemistry between us all was really great.''

Boasting an impressive 70 per cent winning record, Goorjian last coached in the NBL in 2009 at South Dragons.

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