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The Boomers are set to unveil Brian Goorjian as the new Australian coach on Friday.

Basketball Australia completed their interviews with prospective coaches on Tuesday, with Goorjian reinforcing his favouritism to replace Brett Brown.

The veteran mentor, who is back in Australia coaching the Hawks in the NBL, was always the preferred option and even had backing from the Players’ Association.

But it’s understood that officials wanted to complete a formal process before officially announcing the Boomers’ next coach and the assistants.

Goorjian coached the Boomers at the 2004 Athens and the 2008 Beijing Olympics while he ran Australian men’s workouts in Melbourne this off-season.

He has close and trusted relationships with Australia’s NBA players like Joe Ingles, Andrew Bogut, and Patty Mills.

Brian Goorjian is back in the NBL coaching the Hawks this season. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
media_cameraBrian Goorjian is back in the NBL coaching the Hawks this season. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Ingles is particularly fond of the master coach after playing under him at the South Dragons and winning an NBL championship in 2009.

The likes of Will Weaver, Rob Beveridge, Dean Vickerman, Adam Caporn, and Trevor Gleeson are in contention as assistant coaches.

Goorjian put his hand up to coach the Boomers late last month.

Asked if he would consider the head coaching role for the Tokyo Olympics if Basketball Australia wanted him to do it, he replied: “Definitely”.

“I support Basketball Australia and like the military, if they need me, I’m happy to help them,” Goorjian told the NCA NewsWire.

“I enjoyed my time there with BA and I’m supportive of Australian basketball, but I’ve heard nothing (about the job) and I’m not in pursuit.”

Originally published as Goorjian to get Boomers gig

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