Perth Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson will be released from the final year of his contract with the successful Western Australian franchise to allow him to take up a coaching opportunity with America’s National Basketball Association.
Gleeson spent eight seasons with the Wildcats, during which the club won five NBL Championships – making the period the most successful in the club’s 40 years. Last month he was named NBL Coach of the Year.
“It’s been an unbelievable eight-year journey, it exceeded my expectations on every level,” Gleeson said.
“It’s very much mixed emotions to be leaving players and coaches that I love, as well as the organisation and the staff. But I know it will be a happy chapter of my life when I look back on it. I’m ready for this next adventure.”
The club said the search for a new head coach would begin immediately.
Earlier in July, it emerged Perth Wildcats owner Jack Bendat had agreed to sell the National Basketball League club to Sports Entertainment Group.
SEG chairman Craig Coleman confirmed the purchase for an undisclosed sum from long-time owner Bendat subject to final NBL approval on 30 July 2021.
Gleeson said the support of the Perth Wildcats community and Red Army for his family during his wife’s cancer battle would never be forgotten.
“They embraced us, and Perth is always going to be home for us,” he said.