Bardakian ready to coach Armenia’s national basketball team

Published: Friday February 03, 2012

Bardakian (center) and the LA team during 2011 PanArmenian games in Yerevan. Courtesy photo

Pasadena, Calif. - The Basketball Federation of Armenia announced Carl Bardakian as the new head coach of the soon to be established men's Armenian national basketball team.

Armenia will apply to compete in the FIBA Europe Div. C Men's Basketball Championship, July 2-7, 2012. Upon acceptance by FIBA Europe, Armenia will compete against Scotland, Wales, Malta, Moldova, Andorra, Gibraltar and host country San Marino.

"A strong foundation must be set in order for Armenia to compete internationally in men's basketball. Carl Bardakian has the coaching background and recruiting experience to assemble the best team to represent Armenia this July," said Hrachya Rostomyan, President of the Basketball Federation of Armenia.

Christopher Boghosian, Director of Game Administration from the NBA's New York City office added "I'm excited to hear of the forming of the Armenian National Team and grateful that Carl will be in charge of the coaching and development of this program. Carl brings an expertise and passion that will result in long term success and make Armenians across the globe proud."

Bardakian is head coach of the champion Los Angeles men's basketball team, gold medalists of the 5th Pan Armenian Games in Armenia in 2011. He was twice a gold medal winner with Valley AGBU as a player. Bardakian is the United States representative for the Basketball Federation of Armenia. He has served as an international scout for both the 2010 FIBA Europe Div. C silver medal Armenian women's national basketball team and the Hatis Yerevan women's professional basketball team of EuroCup.

Bardakian was a student manager at the University of Michigan under Coach Steve Fisher for five years during the "Fab Five" era. During that period, Michigan appeared in the NCAA Final Four championship game in 1992 and 1993. Bardakian was also an assistant coach at Cleveland State University and Chaffey College. His numerous coaching responsibilities included recruiting, scouting, game preparation, player workouts and strength and condition.

Assistant Coach Zorik Isajane of Glendale College and Assistant Coach Vardan Khatchatrian of Hatis Yerevan and the Armenian women's national team will join the coaching staff.

"A men's national team will further the growth of basketball in Armenia. This is a key part of our long-term strategic goal of developing basketball throughout the country." said Souren Zohrabyan, Vice-President of the Basketball Federation of Armenia.

Bardakian stated "I am honored and grateful for the opportunity the Basketball Federation of Armenia has granted me. President Hrachya Rostomyan and Vice-President Souren Zohrabyan have been tremendously supportive. Together, we have entered new groundbreaking territory. Our goal of uniting the best players from Armenia and the Diaspora to compete in FIBA Europe is on the verge of becoming a reality. There is no turning back."

Tom Odjakjian, an Associate Commissioner of the Big East Conference, said of the appointment: "There is no one more passionate about the growth and success of Armenian basketball than Carl Bardakian. No one waves the flag more proudly, or supports and promotes Armenia basketball more energetically. When I think of Armenian basketball, I think of Carl Bardakian."

Born in New York, Bardakian attended the University of Michigan where in 1993 he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and in 1994 a Master of Arts degree in Kinesiology, the science of human body movement.

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