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Al Westover Melbourne Tigers Coach Championship Game

Al Westover

Al Westover is a professional basketball coach best known for his tenure with the Melbourne Tigers in the National Basketball League (NBL). In his first year as coach Al won the NBL Coach of the Year Award and won the Championship. Two years later he was to win another NBL Championship with the Tigers. He was the first coach in NBL history to make the Grand Final in his first four years as coach, two Championships and two Runners Up. Al is also the second winningest coach in league history. Westover played for the Melbourne Tigers in their inaugural season in the NBL.

Al was also the head coach of the Shiga Lakestars of the Basketball Japan League in Ōtsu City, Shiga. He helped the Lakestars reach the most wins in their seven-year history. Then to the second round of the play-offs where they lost to eventual champions, Okinawa. In his first year as head coach.

Westover’s accomplishments

27 Years coaching experience
Over 1600 games coached
416 NBL games as Assistant Coach Melbourne Tigers
511 senior games as Head Coach in the VBA and SEABL Melbourne Tigers and Ballarat Miners
81% winning percent as Head Coach in the SEABL
413 junior games as a Head Coach in the VJBL and Metro League Melbourne Tigers
134 – 74 win loss record as NBL Head Coach Melbourne Tigers
2nd best winning percentage of all time in NBL
53 – 33 win loss (at present) Basketball Japan League Head Coach
VBA Coach of the Year 1989,1991
SEABL Coach of the Year 1990
NBL Coach of the Year 2006
NBL All Star Coach 2008
Basketball Japan League All Star Coach 2012
Longest serving Melbourne Tigers Representative 670 games in NBL
17 State League Championships Juniors/Seniors
4 NBL Championships as Assistant Coach and Head Coach
1 SEABL Championship

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