Gordon Herbert

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Gordon Herbert
2015-03-01 Fraport Skyliners vs Mitteldeutscher BC 41 by Michael Frey.jpg
Herbert, while coaching in 2015.
Fraport Skyliners
Position Head coach
League Bundesliga
Personal information
Born (1959-02-16) February 16, 1959 (age 60)
Penticton, British Columbia
Nationality Canadian
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Career information
NBA draft 1982 / Undrafted
Playing career 1982–1994
Position Small forward
Coaching career 1994–present
Career history
As player:
1982–1985 Hyvinkään Tahko
1985–1988 Turun NMKY
1988–1989 Forssan Koripojat
1989–1991 NMKY Helsinki
1991–1994 Korihait
As coach:
1994–1996 Korihait
1995–1997, 2010 Findland Under-18
1996–1999 Espoon Honka
1999–2000 Oberwart Gunners
2000–2001 s.Oliver Würzburg
2001–2004 Skyliners Frankfurt
2002 Canada (assistant)
2004–2006 Paris Basket Racing
2005–2007 Georgia
2006–2007 Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez
2007–2008 Aris
2008–2009 Toronto Raptors (assistant)
2009–2010 Espoon Honka
2010 Espoon Honka (assistant)
2010–2011 Skyliners Frankfurt
2011–2012 Alba Berlin
2013–present Skyliners Frankfurt
2018–present Canada
Career highlights and awards
As coach

Gordon Walter Herbert (born February 16, 1959) is a Canadian professional basketball coach and a retired professional basketball player. Since 2013, he has been head coach of Frankfurt Skyliners, his third spell with the club.

Playing career

Herbert attended two-year North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene,[1] and transferred to the University of Idaho in Moscow in 1979, where he played college basketball for the Vandals under head coach Don Monson. Prior to his senior season in 1980–81, he injured his wrist and was redshirted; the Vandals were 25–4 and went to the NCAA tournament as Big Sky champions. As a fifth-year senior in 1981–82, Herbert started at forward and Idaho won its first sixteen games, went 24–2 in the regular season, and were sixth in the AP and UPI polls;[2][3] they advanced to the Sweet Sixteen,[4][5][6] and finished with the best record in school history at 27–3. While undefeated at 15–0, an article on the team appeared in Sports Illustrated.[7]

After college, he played professionally in Finland for 12 years with various teams. His club playing career ended in 1994, when he started coaching.

Herbert also played with the senior Canadian national team at the 1984 Summer Olympics, where the team finished just out of the medals, in fourth place. He also played with Canada at the 1986 FIBA World Championship.

Coaching career

Herbert has coached many teams, including Frankfurt Skyliners, with which he won the German League title in 2004. He led the Skyliners to their 3rd German League finals appearance, against the league's first place Brose Bamberg, after beating other top-rated German teams, such as Alba Berlin, in the playoffs. He also coached French teams Paris and Pau Orthez, with which he won the French Cup in the 2006–07 season.

On July 7, 2007, he officially became the head basketball coach of the Greek club Aris. Herbert has also been an assistant coach of the NBA's Toronto Raptors.[8] In the 2015–16 season, Herbert won the FIBA Europe Cup with Fraport, after his team defeated Pallacanestro Varese in the Final. Herbert was also named the German Basketball Bundesliga Coach of the Year that season.[9]

Coaching titles

See also


  1. ^ "Herbert awaiting call from homeland". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). March 3, 1979. p. 22.
  2. ^ "Vandals No. 6". Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). wire services. March 2, 1982. p. 13.
  3. ^ "Vandals climb to sixth place in AP national poll". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). wire services. March 3, 1982. p. 1C.
  4. ^ Missildine, Harry (March 15, 1982). "Idaho: Next stop, Provo". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 15.
  5. ^ Van Sickel, Charlie (March 15, 1982). "Vandals: Sweet Sixteen and..." Spokane Chronicle. (Washington). p. 15.
  6. ^ Killen, John (March 15, 1982). "Kellerman's last shot paves way to Provo". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1C.
  7. ^ McCallum, Jack (January 25, 1982). "A case of Vandalism in Big Sky country". Sports Illustrated: 20–21.
  8. ^ "Raptors:Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment – Management". Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  9. ^ [1]

External links

  • FIBA Player Profile
  • Euroleague.net Coach Profile
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