Patrick: Assistant Coach For Australian Team

February 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

David Patrick has been named the assistant coach for the Australian Men’s Basketball Squad for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

A statement from the Arkansas Razorbacks website said, “Basketball Australia released its Australian Men’s Basketball Squad for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and it was announced that University of Arkansas associate head basketball coach David Patrick will serve as assistant coach for this campaign.

“Patrick has previously served on the “Boomers” staff, helping the National Team qualify for the Olympics with its performance at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Brian Goorjian, who led the National Team at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, returned to the Boomers as head coach in November 2020 and has asked Patrick to remain on staff this summer.

“I am honored to once again serve with the Australian National team.” He said. “I am thrilled Coach Goorjian elected to have me be a part of his staff. We have a lot of NBA, NBL and world-class talent on this squad.

“Having Coach Goorjian back as the head coach gives us a great opportunity to win a gold medal. I have deep roots in Australia and know the great talent the country has and continues to produce. This is a great honor, and I am thankful to Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman and everyone at the University for allowing me to pursue this opportunity.”

“Coach Patrick is highly regarded for his coaching and teaching capabilities as well as his personal qualities,” said Jan Stirling, general manager High Performance Basketball Australia. “He brings added value of having a deep understanding of our Australian basketball system. Like us, Arkansas has also recognized his depth of knowledge and experience as a respected and valued member to the program and community.”

Mr Patrick, who lived in Bermuda as a child and later moved to Melbourne, Australia, is in his first season coaching with Arkansas basketball.

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