Maarten Herman van Gent (born 22 March 1947 in Rotterdam, Netherlands) is a Dutch basketball coach, manager, scout and businessman.
He was the first Dutch full time basketball coach and the only Dutch coach,who won the championship in three different countries.
Van Gent started playing basketball at age 17. He also played korfball and soccer in college. After serving in the Royal Netherlands Army 1966. He became a physical education teacher after he finished CIOS at Overveen.In 1970, at age 23, van Gent started coaching basketball teams. 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 and national cup 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.
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.
Maarten van Gent owns a real estate company named “Vangent Holding OU“.
My name is Maarten Herman van Gent and I am Dutch.
I live in Estonia in the village of Porkuni..
I was born on March 22, 1947 in the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
I started to play basketball in 1960 at high school. My father, who was a physical education teacher at a high school in Rotterdam did not allow me to play this sport.
He was one of the first teachers in 1947, who was teaching basketball at school in the Netherlands.
The sport is okay, he said, but the organization is terrible. So I started to play korfbal instead.
This is a typical Dutch sport with also a basket but without back board.
This game is played outside on a grass court with twelve people (six men and six women)
Me in 1947
When I reached the age of 18Years I started to play for a basketball club named “BOB Oud Beyerland”.
Me coaching AMVJ Rotterdan 1970
In 1983 I went to one of the weakest team in the Netherlands named” Hatrans Haaksbergen”.
However they had 8 more losses than the team in front of them.
The next team in 1984 was in Belgium and named “Sunair Oostende”.This team won the championship and the national cup of Belgium, without losing one game!
However, I found this job too easy and I went to Hellas in Gent also in Belgium.
I stayed there for three seasons.
In 1988 I went back to Sunair Oostende and we won the national cup that season
Coaching sunair 1989
In 1989 I went to Macabbi Brussel for half a season.
Again I had to end a job! In 1990 I went back to Holland to coach.
19191 I coached Cuva Houthalen in Belgium
In 1992 I moved to Estonia.
I only coached in 1995 the team from Houthalen for two games more
In 1996 I coached the former championship team of the Soviet Union named
“Kalev Tallinn”.and the national team of Estonia
In the old Soviet Union there was communism and nobody thought about any future.
Youngest team in the competition Ehitustooriist/ Audentes University in Estonia in 2003- 2004.
One of the coaches of a junior team in Estonia, who read the article, (Dorbek)
The team was supposed to finish last place, however they finished 7th out of 9 with ten wins
I also coached the national basketball team of the Netherlands from October 2001 until February 2003
Dutch national team in Poland 2002
This team was always in problems!
I gave two clinics. One in 2005 and one in 2008.First one was in China Shanghai for Adidas and the NBA Shanghai clinic August 2005. Showing hedging! The second one at Abuja Nigeria 2008.
In 2008 I replaced the coach of Rotterdam for a few months.