The Dragons will be firing up the 9th Season of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) with a new Australian head coach, Jamie Pearlman.

Coach Pearlman is a Level 2 Performance Coach as accredited by the Basketball Australia NCAS in 2018. He spent six years as an assistant coach with the Cairns Taipans in the Australian National Basketball League and most recently led the Nelson Giants of the New Zealand National Basketball League in 2018 as their new head coach.

Pearlman managed to turn the Giants’ from a 4-14 win-loss regular season record in 2017 to a 14-4 win-loss regular season record in 2018. Coach Pearlman was awarded New Zealand National Basketball League (NZ NBL) Coach of the Year honours.

Giants’ coach Jamie Pearlman maps it out for his team as they went on to overwhelm the Hawks at Trafalgar Centre

Looking to expand his coaching career, Pearlman has signed a long term contract with the Dragons to coach in the ABL.

Pearlman is excited about joining the Dragons’ family as he says he’s passionate and enjoys the challenge of bringing a group of individuals together from a variety of backgrounds and implementing a plan to build a strong team culture.

Insight on Pearlman’s basketball career:

At the age of 23, Pearlman played for the Canberra Cannons in the Australian National Basketball League (NBL) for 7 years. He was playing for them while studying for a Bachelor of Physical Education at the University of Canberra – which he graduated in 1999.

Then, he joined the Cairns Taipans for 2 years in Australia’s NBL before starting his first coaching stint as an assistant with Cairns Marlins from 2008 until 2010.

In 2012, he took on the mantle as assistant coach with the Cairns Taipans, coach of the Cairns Taipans Academy and head coach for the Cairns Marlins which landed him the Men’s Coach of the Year Award in the Queensland Basketball League (QBL).

Jamie Pearlman and Gordie McLeod as assistant coaches for the Cairns Taipans.

Cairns Marlins emerged as the 2016 QBL Champions with the help of Coach Jamie Pearlman.

Being a fan of the Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz, Coach Jamie Pearlman says he enjoys watching any team that exemplifies and celebrates the concept of team.

This is why he believes that the foundation of any team begins with building a strong team culture.

“I am a defensively minded coach, for it’s the defense end of the floor that ultimately wins championships.”

Dragons’ General Manager Andri Reza says the team will greatly benefit from Coach Pearlman due to his defensive mindset. He also added, “He’s had an extensive basketball development background and that will bode well for our team’s development efforts.”

“As a former professional player, I think he will be able to relate to the players as he understands the trials and tribulations a professional face, day to day.”

Coach Jamie Pearlman will be touching down in Kuala Lumpur in September.