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Canadian former Boston Celtics assistant Scott Morrison announced as head coach of Perth Wildcats

The Perth Wildcats have announced their head coach for the 2022 NBL season, with Canadian Scott Morrison putting pen to paper.

Morrison has spent the last four seasons working under Brad Stevens as an assistant with the Boston Celtics. He was also named the Coach of the Year in 2015 with the Maine Red Claws.

Morrison's extensive coaching resume extends back to Canada, where he was the head coach of Lakehead University for 11 years. He has also been involved with the National program, working with the junior and senior squads.

Speaking at an introductory press conference, Morrison expressed his excitement to get to work.

"Outside of the NBA, the Perth Wildcats head coach position was one of the best available in the world," Said Morrison. "Perth is a great city in an English-speaking country, making it an easy transition for my family. Any time you get a great career opportunity and a great opportunity for your family, you have to go for it.

"I'm excited for the challenge, I'm excited to get back to being a head coach after a few years of being an assistant, and I'm very honoured to be joining Perth's great history of winning.

"There's an expectation for this organisation to do well, and to live up to the past, but that's not something I'm afraid of. I've always been the kind of person and competitor that embraces the pressure. It just makes achieving your goals that much sweeter.

"I know that the Wildcats 10 championships is a record for the league, which makes it easy for us to determine what the next goal is; and that's number 11.

"To be successful as a coach you need to be a part of a great team, and there's a great staff and a great group of players already in place that I'm excited to get to know and learn from."

The Canadian has big shoes to fill, replacing legendary NBL coach Trevor Gleeson, who accepted a role with the Toronto Raptors after leading the Wildcats to five Championships in eight seasons.

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