Brian Goorjian has stepped down as coach of the Illawarra Hawks and can transfer into one other position with the NBL membership.
Goorjian’s long-time assistant Jacob Jackomas will take up the highest job with the Hawks whereas the Boomers boss will develop into a particular advisor for Illawarra.
It comes after the Hawks bowed out of the NBL semi-finals with a 2-0 sequence loss to the Sydney Kings.
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Jackomas has coached alongside Goorjian for nearly a decade, following him from the Kings to the Shenzhen Leopards and Shanghai Sharks, and linking with him once more in 2020 with the Hawks.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my last two seasons with the Hawks, where we’ve performed extremely well and reached the top-four on both occasions,” Goorjian mentioned.
“I’m extremely proud of everything we achieved on the court and look forward to helping the club in any way I can moving forward.
“The plan was all the time for Jacob to succeed me on the Hawks and the membership, due to the superb workers and homeowners, is in a particularly sturdy place.”
Goorjian, 68, will remain in charge of the Boomers, as Australia attempt to build on the historic bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
“Basketball on this nation is as sturdy as I’ve seen it, which is saying rather a lot as I began teaching right here within the NBL in 1988,” the legendary coach mentioned.
“Full credit score to Larry Kestelman and the NBL workplace, for his or her very good job, significantly over the previous two years with managing all of the disruptions attributable to COVID-19.”
Meanwhile, Perth superstar Bryce Cotton is staying with the Wildcats for at least another three seasons after the juggernaut missed the playoffs for the first time in 35 years.
The three-time NBL MVP has played 170 games for the Wildcats after joining the Western Australian powerhouse in 2016.
The 29-year-old has scored the seventh most points (3,784) in Wildcats history and is ranked second for the club in three-pointers made (499).
Cotton has extended his contract until the end of the 2024-25 NBL season.
“The previous six seasons have been wonderful, and I now get to color the canvas some extra for the following three years,” Cotton said.
Perth coach Scott Morrison praised Cotton’s combination of talent and selflessness.
“Bryce instructions extra defensive consideration than any participant within the league and he accepts that duty head on,” he mentioned.
“He defies the chances to guide the league in scoring regularly, whereas constantly getting his teammates alternatives.”