Herbert is new boss in Aris

Jul 04, 2007 by Vassilis Skountis, Athens Print
Gordon Herbert - Pau-Orthez Another Euroleague head coach is changing teams with the announcement by Aris on Wednesday that Gordon Herbert will take over the bench in Thessaloniki for next season. Herbert, 48, spent last season leading Pau-Orthez of France to its first Top 16 berth in three years and had previously coached Frankfurt Skyliners in the Euroleague. Herbert, the only Canadian to have coached in the Euroleague, arrives a few days after Andrea Mazzon left Aris to join Fortitudo Bologna. Greece will be the fifth European country in which Herbert has coached. He started in Finland, where he had been a player, headin the bench at UU Korihait from 1994 until 1999. He continued in Austria with Oberwart Gunners (1999-2000). Then Herbert moved to Germany to be the boss of Wurzburg (2001-04) and Frankfurt Sklyinters (2001-04), with whom he won the German League title. His next destination was France, where he coached Racing Paris Basket (2004-06) and Elan Bearnais Pau-Orthez (2006-07), winning last season's French Cup. He has also served as head coach of the national team of Georgia and the junior national team of Finland, and was also assistant coach of Canadian national team. As a player, Herbert went from University of Idaho to Finland, where he played for Hyvinkian Tahko, Turun NMKY, Forsan Koripojat, Helsinki NMKY and Undekaupunki Urheilujat. He was a member of the Canadian national team at the 1984 Olympic Games and the 1986 World Championships.