Maarten H van Gent

Maarten Herman van Gent

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Maarten H.van Gent
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born 22 March 1947 (age 71)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1970–1975 AMVJ Rotterdam
1975–1980 Frisol Rowic Dordrecht
1980–1982 Nationale Nederlanden Donar
1983–1984 Hatrans Haaksbergen
1984 Radio Muzette Rotterdam Zuid
1984–1985 Sunair Oostende
1985–1988 Hellas Gent
1988–1989 Sunair Oostende
1989 Maccabi Brussels
1990–1991 Weert
1991 Cuva Houthalen
1995 Cuva Houthalen
1996–1998 Tallinna Kalev
2000–2004 Ehitustööriist Cramo
2008–2009 Rotterdam Challengers
2009–2010 EiffelTowers
National teams:
1997–1999 Estonia
2001–2003 Netherlands
Accomplishments and honors
Dutch Champion (1982)
Belgian Champion (1985)
Estonian Champion (1996)
Belgian Cup Winner (1985, 1989)
DBL Coach of the Year (1984)
KML Coach of the Year (1998)

Maarten Herman van Gent (born 22 March 1947 in RotterdamNetherlands)[1] is a Dutch basketball coach, manager, scout and businessman.

Van Gent started playing basketball at age 17. He also played korfball and soccer in college. After serving in the Royal Netherlands Army in 1968 he became a physical education teacher. In 1970, at age 23, van Gent started coaching basketball teams as the first ever professional Dutch basketball coach. The first team was AMVJ Rotterdam. After five years with the team he started coaching Frisol Rowic in Dordrecht. In 1982 he won the Dutch Championship with Nationale Nederlanden Donar. From 1984 to 1990 van Gent coached in Belgium and won the Belgian Championship in 1985 with Sunair Oostende. He quit coaching in 1991 after he was fired from Houthalen basketball team.

In 1992 he moved to Estonia and started working as a basketball agent for Globe Sports Management in Europe. In 1996 he started coaching again, this time in Estonia. He won the Estonian Championship in 1996 with Tallinna Kalev. From 1997–1999 he was also the coach of the Estonia national basketball team. From 2000–2004 he coached Ehitustööriist and the Netherlands national basketball team. In 2005 he again quit coaching and concentrated on business and managing. He also worked for three years as a scout for the NBA team the New York Knicks.[2]

Van Gent returned to coaching in the 2008–2009 season at Rotterdam and again in the 2009–2010 season at EiffelTowers in Den Bosch after both teams fired their previous coaches during the season.

Van Gent is the only Dutch coach, who won the championship in three different countries and coached two different national teams.

Maarten van Gent owns a real estate company named “Vangent Holding OU”.[3]


  1. Jump up^ Maarten Herman van Gent Archived 2010-11-30 at the Wayback Machine.”. Retrieved on 2011-03-12
  2. Jump up^ Globe Sports Management Inc.“. Retrieved on 2011-03-12
  3. Jump up^ Vangent Holding OU Archived 2011-02-01 at the Wayback Machine.”. Retrieved on 2011-03-12

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