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Wright departs as Adelaide 36ers coach

Three-time NBL coach of the year Joey Wright has split with the Adelaide 36ers.

Wright has ended his seven-year tenure at Adelaide in what the club describes as a mutual decision.

Adelaide missed this season's playoffs for the second year in a row under the veteran American-born coach.

But the 51-year-old believes the 36ers are in better shape than when he joined in 2013.

"I feel like I have left the club in a better position than when I first arrived and I look forward to my next coaching challenge," Wright said in a statement on Wednesday.

Adelaide 36ers owner Grant Kelley said the club and Wright, who coached Brisbane to the NBL championship in 2007, agreed to part ways.

"His impact on the club has been enormous," Kelley said.

"In 2013-14, his first season in charge, he took the 36ers from bottom of the ladder to championship contenders.

"He achieved a minor premiership in 2016-17 and narrowly missed winning the NBL championship in 2017-18."

Wright coached Brisbane from 2002-08 and also was at the helm of Gold Coast Blaze from 2009-2012.

He was named the NBL's coach of the year in 2004, 2007 and 2017, when Adelaide were beaten in the championship series.