Lindsay Gaze

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Lindsay Gaze
Personal information
Born (1936-08-16) 16 August 1936 (age 81)
Adelaide, South Australia
Nationality Australian
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 168 lb (76 kg)
Career information
Playing career 1960–1968
Position Guard
Coaching career 1983–2005
Career history
As coach:
1972–1984, 1994 Australian Boomers
1984–2005 Melbourne Tigers
Career highlights and awards
Basketball Hall of Fame as coach
FIBA Hall of Fame as coach

Lindsay John Casson Gaze (born 16 August 1936 in Adelaide, South Australia) is an Australian basketball player and coach. He played for Australia in three Olympics qualification series between 1960 and 1968 and coached the Australian basketball team at four Olympics between 1972 and 1984. Gaze coached the Melbourne Tigers for 35 years, including 22 years in the National Basketball League (NBL), winning two championships in 1993 and 1997, he was the coach of the year in 1989, 1997 and 1999 and is second in the all-time number of coaching wins in that league. Lindsay Gaze is a member of the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and coach and an associate member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, he has been announced as an inductee to both the FIBA Hall of Fame and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach.

Personal life[edit]

Gaze is the son of Albert J. Gaze and Avis M. Gaze, he has two older brothers, Barry and Tony, who is a former coach of the Australian women's basketball team, the Opals. He married Margaret in 1962 with the couple having a daughter Janet Gaze-Daniels (born 8 July 1964) who works in recreation management, and a son, Australian basketball legend Andrew Gaze (born 24 July 1965), as the GM of the Victorian Basketball Association (until his retirement), the Gaze family lived in the official GM's residence which was attached to the back of the Albert Park Basketball Stadium. Gaze's nephew Mark (Tony's son) played for Australia under Lindsay's coaching at the 1982 FIBA World Championship and went on to play 182 NBL games from 1983-1991, he is also the great-uncle of Mark Gaze's daughter Kate Gaze who plays for the Canberra Capitals in Australia's Women's National Basketball League.

Lindsay Gaze and his brothers were raised by his mother after his parents separated soon after moving from Adelaide to Melbourne in the early 1940s, as a youth, he played tennis, basketball and Australian rules football and was his school captain in tennis and football. Lindsay and Barry Gaze played in the Victorian Football Association for Prahran and they were both selected as members of an Australian rules team that played an exhibition match during the Melbourne Olympics, although Lindsay didn't take the field.

Olympic career[edit]

It was in basketball that he would make his mark in the Olympics; in 1958 he chose to pursue a career in basketball rather than football (and a promising engineering career) and although still playing, became the first full time basketball administrator of the Victorian Basketball Association, accepting the position of General Manager. Lindsay Gaze held the position until his retirement in 2005, during which time the number of registered players in Victoria rose from around 2,000 in 1958 to over 200,000.

He was selected for the Australian basketball team for the Rome Olympics which was the first Australian basketball team to travel overseas for the Olympics. Gaze soon established himself as one of Australia's leading basketballers establishing an international reputation when he was selected as a member of the All-Star Five in the 1962 World Championships.

Gaze represented Australia during the qualification tournaments for the 1960 Rome, 1964 Tokyo and 1968 Mexico City Olympics, but Australia only qualified to compete at the 1964 Games. He developed a reputation as a fanatical trainer training two or three times a week with his club and at home. Gaze also coached national under 16 and under 18 squads during his playing career.

His reputation for training led to his appointment as the coach of Melbourne Tigers in 1970 and of the Australian basketball side in 1971 coaching the team at four Olympic Games in 1972, 1976, 1980 and 1984. Andrew Gaze was part of the team that he coached in 1984. Lindsay Gaze would write his first book Better Basketball in 1977.

NBL Coaching Career 1983–2005[edit]

Lindsay Gaze was the inaugural coach of the Melbourne Tigers at the start of the NBL in 1984, he retired in May 2005 after 22 seasons and 651 games with 339 victories. The Melbourne Tigers won two championships in 1993 and 1997 with Gaze as coach, he was a widely respected coach in the NBL winning Coach of the Year three times during his career. He announced his retirement from basketball on the same day that Andrew Gaze announced his retirement after 612 NBL games. Lindsay Gaze had coached Andrew Gaze during his son's entire career as an NBL player with the pair forming the longest standing father-son partnership in the history of world sport, the pair would also author a book Winning Basketball in 1992.

Lindsay Gaze was also a member of the NBL Board; in 2004, he became a part owner of the Melbourne Tigers with Andrew Gaze. On his retirement, journalist Stephen Howell of the Melbourne Age wrote that history would judge him as the most influential figure in Australian basketball.

CBA Coaching Career 2008–[edit]

Gaze was announced as head coach of Tianjin Ronggang who play in the Chinese CBA for the 2008/09 season.

Record and accolades[edit]

Lindsay and Andrew Gaze are the only Australians currently in the FIBA Hall of Fame. Andrew was inducted as a player in 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Five Direct-Elect Members Announced for the Class of 2015 by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame" (Press release). Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 14 February 2015. Archived from the original on 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.