Wright named the NBL’s Coach of the Year
The Adelaide 36ers’ Joey Wright is the recipient of the Lindsay Gaze Trophy as the 2016-17 National Basketball League Coach of the Year.
Wright becomes just the second 36ers coach to win the Award, joining Ken Cole who was honoured in 1986.
He also becomes only the third coach to win the award three times, joining Brian Goorjian (6) and Lindsay Gaze (3). Wright previously received Coach of the Year honours in 2004 and 2007 while leading the Brisbane Bullets.
Each NBL club’s Head Coach, one Assistant Coach and the Team Captain voted on the Coach of the Year Award in a 3-2-1 format (3 votes being indicative of the most deserving). All NBL Head Coaches were eligible to receive the Award but voters were not allowed to vote for the coach of their own team.
Wright, in his fourth season as Adelaide head coach, received a total of 49 votes to win the Award.
Rounding out the top three in the voting were the Illawarra Hawks’ Rob Beveridge (35 votes) and Cairns Taipans’ Aaron Fearne (18 votes).
Having assembled one of the youngest teams in NBL history, Wright led Adelaide to a first place finish with a 17-11 record. After opening the season 3-6, the 36ers won 14 of their next 15 games, going undefeated throughout the month of December.
The 36ers posted the league’s highest scoring average (92.2 point per game) in 2016-17 and also led the NBL in offensive rating (112.9 points per 100 possessions), field goal percentage (46.7 percent) and rebounds (38.3 total rebounds per game).
The Coach of the Year Award is named after legendary NBL coach and Basketball Hall of Famer Lindsay Gaze, who guided the Melbourne Tigers to two NBL Championships over a long and celebrated career.
With home court advantage throughout the NBL Finals, Wright has Adelaide poised for an assault on the 2017 NBL Championship.
News Source: NBL Media