Below are the head coaches of the NBA G League’s 26 teams for the 2017-18 season.
AGUA CALIENTE CLIPPERS OF ONTARIO
Hill brings championship experience to the Clippers organization, having led the Santa Cruz Warriors to the 2015 NBA G League title. He spent four seasons in Santa Cruz, amassing a 114–86 (.570) regular season record as head coach.
Hill’s prior experience includes two seasons as an assistant coach, the first with the Dakota Wizards and then the Warriors after the franchise relocated. He began his coaching career in Japan’s BJ League, working as an assistant under his father, Bob Hill, an NBA coaching veteran.
Ahearn joins the Spurs after serving one season as the head coach of his high school alma mater, De Smet Jesuit in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to that he spent one season as the head coach at Clayton High School in St. Louis.
Ahearn played professionally for eight seasons, including a three-game stint with the San Antonio Spurs during the 2008-09 season. Over the course of three seasons he appeared in a total of 22 NBA games between San Antonio, Miami and Utah. Ahearn also spent time in the NBA G League where he was a two-time First Team selection (2009 and 2012) and was named the 2008 Rookie of the Year. In 2015 he won an NBA G League Championship with the Santa Cruz Warriors. Ahearn also played professionally in Spain, Italy, China, Ukraine and Puerto Rico.
The St. Louis native played collegiately at Missouri State University from 2003–07. He is the NCAA’s all-time leader in free throw percentage, connecting on 94.6 percent (435-460) of his shots from the foul line. Ahearn also holds the single-season record, shooting 97.5 percent (117-120) from the free throw line during the 2003-04 season as a freshman. He was named the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year in 2004 and earned All-MVC First Team honors his junior and senior seasons.
Reinking, 42, joined the Charge as an assistant under Head Coach Steve Hetzel for the 2013-14 season with a focus on player development and opposition scouting. After Hetzel’s NBA Call-Up, he was retained under new Head Coach Jordi Fernandez as an assistant the next two seasons while adding game-planning and game personnel to his responsibilities. With defensive principles the focus in his three years on the Charge staff, Canton’s scoring defense ranked 1st in 2013-14 (101.4ppg), 1st in 2014-15 (95.8ppg), and 5th last season (103.3ppg).
A native of Galion, OH, Reinking graduated from Kent State University in 1996 after a four-year playing career with the Golden Flashes. He currently ranks in the program’s career top ten in scoring (1.456, 8th), games started (100, 8th), field goals made (491, 9th), free-throw percentage (.792, 9th), and three-point field goals made (184, 6th). As a captain his senior season, Reinking was Second Team All-MAC after playing in all 27 games and averaging 18.7 points on .445 shooting with 3.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 0.9 steals per game.
Burroughs, a Philadelphia native, played collegiately for the University of Richmond and served as a senior captain for coach Dick Tarrant. He earned Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) All-Defensive honors as a junior and was named to the CAA All-Rookie Team in 1991. Burroughs helped make history in the 1991 NCAA Tournament when he — then a freshman — coolly sunk a pair of critical free throws with 21 seconds left in Richmond’s 73-69 upset win over Syracuse. It was the first time in history that a No. 15 seed defeated a No. 2 seed. Burroughs graduated from Richmond ranking sixth all-time in steals (127) and assists (316).
Longstaff, 34, spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach with the New York Knicks after beginning his NBA coaching career with the Oklahoma City Thunder (2010-14), first serving as Player Personnel and Video Coordinator for one year before being promoted to Video Analyst and Player Development Coach. While a member of the Thunder staff, he helped Oklahoma City to four straight playoff appearances, including the 2011-12 Western Conference title as well as two conference finals appearances.
A native of Portland, Maine, Longstaff was a four-year letterman at Bryant University in Rhode Island, graduating in 2005 with a degree in marketing. Following graduation, he coached high school basketball in his home state for five years.
FORT WAYNE MAD ANTS
Gansey made his return to Fort Wayne after a one year stint as an Associate Head Coach with the Canton Charge during the 2014-15 season, where he also served in a support role, assisting in practices and workouts, for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Gansey’s career with the Mad Ants began in 2009-10 when he served as one of the team’s basketball interns. After two seasons as the first assistant coach, Gansey took over the interim head coaching role for a portion of the Mad Ants 2011-12 season before returning to his assistant coaching duties that following year. Gansey served a vital role in the development of Mad Ants players such Ron Howard, Darnell Lazare, Rob Kurz and the 2013 D-League Rookie of the Year Tony Mitchell. He also aided the team in earning not only their first playoff berth in franchise history, but later their first NBA D-League Championship in 2014. During his time with Fort Wayne, Gansey has coached under Duane Ticknor and Conner Henry, who now hold assistant coaching roles with the Memphis Grizzlies and Orlando Magic respectively. Prior to his coaching experiences in the NBA Development League, Gansey helped as an assistant coach/support staff for the USA U19 National Basketball Team where he worked with players such as Stephen Curry, DeAndre Jordan and Tyreke Evans. Though strong in his coaching experiences, Gansey’s college playing career began at Cleveland State, where he played for head coach Mike Garland, who now serves under Michigan State’s Tom Izzo. He then concluded his collegiate basketball career at Ashland University.
GRAND RAPIDS DRIVE
Krueger joined the Drive as an assistant coach, eventually taking over mid-season for Rob Werdann. His 18 seasons of coaching experience began with two seasons as an assistant coach at Maine Central Institute and one season as a graduate assistant at Virginia Commonwealth University. In July 2006, Krueger participated in the NBA’s “Basketball Without Borders” program in Vilnius, Lithuania.
The Lehigh grad worked with the Nets from 2003-07, starting out as an assistant video coordinator before joining the bench as an assistant coach. He also has experience with Rutgers and Lehigh.
Gillespie joins the Swarm from the Denver Nuggets, where he has spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach. Prior to his time in Denver, he spent 10 seasons with the Phoenix Suns. Gillespie started with the Suns in 2003-04, spending one season as assistant video coordinator and four seasons as video coordinator before becoming the team’s advance scout in 2008-09. He was promoted to assistant coach and advance scout in 2009-10, spending one season in the role before being named a full-time assistant coach starting with the 2010-11 season. In 2007, while with the Suns, he was an assistant coach for the Western Conference All-Star Team and the sophomore team at the Rookie Challenge during All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas.
Gillespie is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He got his start in the NBA as a video assistant with the Indiana Pacers in 2001-02 and served as a graduate assistant coach at Florida State University in 2002-03 before joining the Suns.
Heath has spent the last two seasons (2015-17) as an assistant coach at Boston College. He served as head coach at Kent State University, the University of Arkansas and the University of South Florida, compiling a record of 209-206 (.504) from 2001-14. Heath guided all three schools to the NCAA Tournament, including a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2002 with Kent State.
Heath began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Hillsdale College (Mich.) in 1988. After the 1988-89 campaign, he moved on to Albion College (Mich.), where he served as an assistant coach and the junior varsity head coach for two seasons (1989-91). Heath then worked at Wayne State University (Mich.) for three seasons, including associate head coach in 1994 when the Tartars set a school-record with 25 victories. Wayne State also reached the NCAA Division II Final Four in 1993.
After two seasons as an assistant coach at Bowling Green State University (1994-96), Heath joined Tom Izzo’s staff as an assistant coach at Michigan State University for five seasons (1996-2001). During his time in East Lansing, the Spartans made three consecutive trips to the NCAA Final Four (1999-2001), captured the 2000 NCAA National Championship and had a combined record of 132-37 (.781).
LONG ISLAND NETS
Nored spent two seasons (2013-15) with the Boston Celtics organization, splitting time in his first season as a player development coach for the Celtics, while also serving as an assistant coach for their D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. Prior to the 2014-15 season, the Celtics named Nored as player development director, where he took the lead organizational role for the players’ off-court development, in addition to his on-court coaching duties. Nored spent the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach at Northern Kentucky University.
A 2012 graduate of Butler University, Nored was a member of the Bulldogs’ team that reached back-to-back National Championship games in 2010 and 2011. At the conclusion of his collegiate career, Nored, a two-time Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year, held the school record for games played, with 143, was tied for the all-time lead in steals, with 207, and ranked second on the program’s all-time assists chart with 497.
SOUTH BAY LAKERS
Karl, the son of NBA veteran coach George Karl, began his coaching career by spending last season as an assistant coach with the Westchester Knicks. While in the Empire State, he helped the Knicks earn their first playoff berth in franchise history as Westchester improved from 10-40 in 2014-15 to 28-22 during the 2015-16 campaign.
Along with his domestic experience, Karl also knows the international game, having played professionally in Spain, Italy, and Germany.
A native of Great Falls, Montana, Karl attended Homestead High School in Mequon, Wisconsin, before graduating from Boise State University with a B.A. in Communications. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard led the Broncos in points (17.2) and assists (4.0) as a junior, and he averaged 14.8 points and 4.0 assists during his senior season en route to First Team All-WAC honors in 2007.
Undrafted in 2007, Karl was invited to participate in training camp with the Lakers, making the Opening Day 15-man roster as a free agent. Karl would go on to play professionally for eight seasons before retiring in 2015.
MAINE RED CLAWS
Bailey, who has been working with the Boston Celtics coaching staff for six years, became the fifth head coach in franchise history. Bailey replaces Scott Morrison, who spent the last three seasons in Maine. Morrison has joined the Boston Celtics coaching staff as an assistant.
A Chicago native, Bailey has worked for the Celtics for the last six years. Working initially as a video intern under Doc Rivers, Bailey became a highly respected, defensive-minded member of Brad Stevens’ staff, working as head video coordinator for the Celtics as well as a scout over the past two seasons.
Prior to joining the Celtics, Brandon began his coaching career at DePaul University as a graduate assistant. This will be Bailey’s first head coaching position.
Cyprien joined the Grizzlies organization during the 2014-15 season in the Grizzlies basketball operations front office and was named interim head coach of the Iowa Energy on Jan. 9, 2017. The New Orleans native earned a reputation as one of the top assistant coaches and recruiters in the country during his many years on the collegiate scene, coaching and recruiting current and former NBA players such as Tony Allen, Will Barton, Patrick Beverley, DeAndre Liggins, Shawn Marion, Jodie Meeks, Khris Middleton and Patrick Patterson during his stints at Texas A&M University, the University of Memphis, the University of Kentucky, the University of Arkansas, New Mexico State University, Oklahoma State University and the University of Nevada Las Vegas, among others.
NORTHERN ARIZONA SUNS
Ellis joins the NAZ Suns after spending the 2015-16 season as the lead assistant with Phoenix’s former NBA D-League affiliate, the Bakersfield Jam. It marked Ellis’ fourth season as an assistant coach in the D-League, previously working as the lead assistant for one season each with the Grand Rapids Drive (2014-15), Reno Bighorns (2013-14) and Tulsa 66ers (2012-13).
Already having earned a reputation as a coach for his strength in player development, Ellis joined the coaching ranks following a successful 11-year career as a player in the D-League and internationally. His final five seasons were spent playing with three different clubs from 2007-12 in Liga ACB, Spain’s first-tier professional league, where he also played in his first professional season overseas in 2002-03. Ellis played one season apiece with clubs in the highest-tier leagues in Italy and Turkey from 2005-07 and played two seasons with the Frankfurt Skyliners from 2003-05, helping the team to their first title in Basketball Bundesliga, Germany’s highest league.
The head coach of the NAZ Suns as they enter their inaugural season, Ellis was a player in the NBA D-League’s inaugural season; he was drafted by the Huntsville Flight and averaged 5.2 points in 56 games with the team in 2001-02, the first season of the D-League and his first professional season as a player.
OKLAHOMA CITY BLUE
Mark Daigneault (DAYG-nalt) is in his third season as head coach of the Oklahoma City Blue. In his first season at the helm of the Thunder’s NBA D-League team, Daigneault led the Blue to a 28-22 record and an appearance in the NBADL Western Conference Semifinals. Under his watch, the Blue had three players called up to NBA rosters (Josh Huestis, Dwight Buycks and Reggie Williams) and two Thunder players assigned a combined 10 times (Grant Jerrett and Mitch McGary). Daigneault came to Oklahoma City after spending his previous four years working under Billy Donovan at the University of Florida, where he most recently held the position of Assistant to the Head Coach. Throughout his four years at Florida, the Gators totaled a record of 120-30 (.800), won three SEC titles and advanced to the Elite Eight each year. In his final season with UF (2013-14), the Gators became the first SEC team to go 18-0 in conference play and went on to win the SEC Championship and advance to the Final Four. Prior to his time at Florida, Daigneault spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Holy Cross. During Daigneault’s tenure, the Crusaders finished as runner-up of the Patriot League Championship in 2008-09. A 2007 graduate of the University of Connecticut, Daigneault served as a student manager with the Huskies under Jim Calhoun from 2003-07. While at UCONN, the Huskies won the 2004 NCAA Championship and claimed three Big East titles, posting a combined record of 103-32 (.763).A native of Leominster, Mass., Daigneault holds a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Florida.
Stackhouse served as an assistant coach with the Raptors last season. Stackhouse played 18 seasons in the NBA, averaging 16.9 points, 3.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 31.2 minutes in 970 regular season games (564 starts). He also appeared in 75 playoffs contests and reached the NBA Finals in 2006 with Dallas. A two-time All-Star with Detroit (2000, 2001), Stackhouse posted career highs of 29.8 points (second in the NBA) and 5.1 assists in 80 games during the 2000-01 campaign. He averaged at least 20 points in a season five times, including four consecutive years from 1999-2003. The North Carolina product was selected third overall by Philadelphia in the 1995 NBA Draft and was a first-team All-Rookie selection with the 76ers. Although an early entrant for the NBA Draft, Stackhouse continued working on his degree and earned his bachelor’s in African American Studies from North Carolina in 1999.
Martin, 45, joins the Bighorns after spending the 2015-16 season as a radio analysist for the UCLA Men’s Basketball broadcast. Prior to starting his career in the booth, Martin spent three seasons as an assistant coach at St. John’s University, where he served under Steve Lavin. A 13-year NBA veteran that appeared in 514 games, Martin began his NBA career with the Minnesota Timberwolves (1994-95, 2003-04) before joining the Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-96), Los Angeles Clippers (1996-99, 2004-05), Sacramento Kings (1999-01), Dallas Mavericks (2001-02) and the Toronto Raptors (2004-08). Martin joined the Minnesota Timberwolves as an assistant coach and player development specialist at the conclusion of his playing career. A UCLA alumnus, Martin’s dossier with the Bruins includes a four-year career (1988-89 – 1991-92) averaging 9.3 points and 4.9 assists per game, ranking 3rd in school history in assists (636) and steals (179). At the time, his assist total placed him 4th all-time in PAC-10 Conference annals.
RIO GRANDE VALLEY VIPERS
Brase (Bra-Zee) was named the Vipers sixth head coach in franchise history on Aug. 18, 2015. He rejoins the Rio Grande Valley Vipers after two seasons as the Director of Player Development for the Houston Rockets. Brase previously served as an assistant coach for the Vipers during the 2012-13 season. As Rockets Director of Player Development, Brase focused on the players’ individual and system skill development on the court, as well as video for individual players. Brase helped lead the Vipers to the team’s second NBA Development League Championship during the 2012-13 campaign as an assistant coach. The championship squad compiled a franchise-best 35-15 record and won its final 10 regular-season games before sweeping the playoffs 6-0. While with the Vipers, Brase assisted with the team’s offense and was instrumental in player development. Prior to joining the Vipers, Brase spent the 2011-12 season as part of the Rockets basketball operations staff, where he focused on player personnel and scouting college, international and NBA players. From 2009-11, Brase served as an assistant coach at Grand Canyon University. While with the Antelopes, he earned a master’s degree in business administration with a focus on leadership. Brase was a member of the 2003-04 and 2004-05 Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball squads, where he played for his grandfather, Lute Olson. He earned a degree in business management from Arizona. Following graduation, Brase spent two seasons as the Wildcats’ administrative assistant and video coordinator. He was promoted to assistant coach and helped lead the Wildcats to a 21-13 record during the 2008-09 campaign. Arizona advanced to the NCAA Tournament during each of Brase’s seasons with the team – two seasons as a player and three seasons as a member of the staff. As a player, he reached the Elite Eight in 2005. As an assistant coach, his team reached the Sweet 16 in 2009. Before transferring to Arizona, Brase played two seasons at Central Arizona College in Coolidge.
SALT LAKE CITY STARS
Schiller is the second coach for the Stars, the 11th in the organization’s history, and the fifth internationally-born head coach in G League history. Schiller joins the Stars after previously serving as an assistant coach of MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg in the German Bundesliga for the last two years. Prior to that, he served as the assistant coach for the Bundesliga’s Artland Dragons from 2010-2015. Schiller has also been an assistant coach for the German National Team since 2015, where he worked with Jazz assistant coach Alex Jensen. He started his coaching career in the youth leagues in Germany and Austria. A native of Vienna, Austria, Schiller graduated from the German Sports University at Cologne with a degree in Sports Science.
SANTA CRUZ WARRIORS
Miles, 34, most recently served as an assistant coach at Florida Gulf Coast University, helping the Eagles to a 26-8 record, the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Championship and a berth in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Miles previously served on Bill Self’s staff at the University of Kansas during the 2015-16 season as assistant director of student-athlete development.
Miles enjoyed an illustrious playing career at the University of Kansas, where he led the Jayhawks to a 110-28 record and back-to-back NCAA Tournament Final Four appearances in 2002 and 2003. The 6’1” guard played four seasons under coaches Roy Williams and Bill Self, owning career averages of 8.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 6.9 assists while setting the University of Kansas and Big 12 record for career assists with 954 (eighth-most in NCAA history).
A native of Portland, Oregon, Miles appeared in 19 games with the Golden State Warriors during the 2005-06 season and later appeared with the Fort Worth Flyers and Reno Bighorns of the NBA G League. Miles also spent eight years playing internationally, including a three-year stint in Russia’s VTB United League, where he helped BC Krasmye Krylya win the 2012 and 2013 Russian Cups and was named the 2013 Russian Cup MVP. His previous international stops also include seasons with Panionios BC (2008-09) and Aris BC (2009-10) in the Greek Basket League, Cajasol Sevilla (2007-08) in the Spanish League Caja ACB, and with Élan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (2006-07) in the French League LNB Pro A, where he won the French Basketball Cup Championship.
SIOUX FALLS SKYFORCE
Smith formerly served as the head coach for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, where he led the team to an overall record of 57-43 in two seasons spanning from 2013-15. Before coaching the Vipers, Smith spent two seasons as the head coach of the Keystone College Giants in Le Plume, Pennsylvania. There, he led the Giants to a 39-16 record in two seasons as while reaching the first two CSAC Championship games in school history.
Prior to joining Keystone College, Smith had previously compiled nine years of collegiate coaching experience at Ithica College, Allegheny College, Canton, and St. Lawrence University dating back to the 2002-03 season.
Before graduating in 2002, Smith was a four-year starter at Bethany College and ranks near the top of numerous school record lists. Smith holds the school record for most made three-point field goals (313), second-best three-point percentage (.466), and best free throw percentage (.870). He also ranks 10th on the all-time scoring list with 1,255 career points, and ranks eighth in number of games played (105). In his final season, Smith propelled the Bison to a 21-win season and the school’s first NCAA playoff appearance in nearly 20 years.
With a history in the NBA Development League, MacKinnon brings over 30 years of experience at the collegiate and professional levels. MacKinnon most recently coached the Los Angeles D-Fenders and assisted in the development of three Lakers assignees while boasting four NBA Call-Ups in the 2013-14 season. The Legends’ fifth head coach has spent five seasons in the D-League. In his first year, MacKinnon coached the Colorado 14ers to a 34-16 regular season record and ultimately the 2008-09 D-League Championship. MacKinnon then went on to coach the Idaho Stampede and Springfield Armor before landing in Los Angeles. Altogether, MacKinnon has developed 17 players to NBA Call-Ups, a League record for any single head coach. MacKinnon also served in China as the head coach of the CBA’s TianJin. These successes have led to MacKinnon running the D-League’s Elite Mini-Camp and National Tryout for the past seven years.
MacKinnon’s career began at the collegiate level at King’s College in Pennsylvania where he played four seasons and got his first coaching opportunity in 1982. He went on to be an assistant at Mercyhurst College (1982-85), followed by George Washington (1985-90), and Niagara (1990-97) before he was named the head coach of the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1997. MacKinnon led the Mariners to two Skyline Conference Championships, securing consecutive NCAA tournament bids, and earning Skyline Conference Coach of the Year in 1999. He then joined the staff at Notre Dame (1999-2000), followed by the University of North Carolina (2000-03) before becoming the senior assistant at Marshall University (2003-07).
Mike Miller joined the Westchester Knicks as the third head coach in franchise history on October 6, 2015, after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the Austin Spurs, the NBA Development League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs. Austin went 32-18 in the 2014-15 season, clinching the Southwestern Division title. Miller brings over 25 years of coaching experience to Westchester. Prior to joining the Spurs, he served as an assistant to UC Riverside during the 2012-2013 season. From 2005-2012, Miller was the head coach at Eastern Illinois University. Before leading the Panthers, Miller spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Kansas State University (2000-2005). In his first stint as head coach, Miller led the Texas State University Bobcats from 1994-2000. Highlights during his tenure with the Bobcats included capturing the Southland Conference regular season and tournament championship, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 1997, and winning the League Championship again in 1999. At the conclusion of the 1997 season, Miller was named Southland Conference Coach of the Year. The East Texas State graduate has also served as an assistant coach for Texas State (1991-94), Sam Houston State (1990-91) and Western Illinois (1989-90). Miller graduated from Monmouth High School in Monmouth, Illinois. After graduating, he went on to play basketball at East Texas State, where he was a part of the team that won the 1984 Lone Star Conference championship. He graduated from East Texas State in 1987. Born on August 14, 1964 in Monmouth, Illinois, Mike and his wife Kelly are proud parents of Matt and Joey.
WINDY CITY BULLS
The Cedar Falls, Iowa, native brings over 15 years of coaching experience at the professional and collegiate levels, including stints with the Chicago Bulls, the University of Southern Mississippi and Iowa State University.
In 2015-16 with Chicago, Loenser served as the Video Coordinator for the Bulls. In that position, Loenser assisted and led on-floor skill development sessions with Bulls players and worked with Head Coach Fred Hoiberg and his staff to organize and present all scouting breakdowns for opponents and edits of practice and game video. He also updated and maintained the Bulls’ offensive and defensive playbooks.
While with Iowa State, he served as Director of Player Development and was a part of the coaching staff for two seasons in which the Cyclones won back-to-back Big 12 Conference Championships and made the NCAA Tournament twice, including a run to the Sweet 16 in 2014. As Assistant Coach for six seasons at Southern Mississippi, which was coached by former National Coach of the Year Larry Eustachy, Loenser was responsible for all aspects of the basketball program, including recruiting, opponent scouting and on-court coaching.
Brady, 34, spent the 2016-17 season as an assistant coach for the Salt Lake City Stars, the NBA G League affiliate of the Utah Jazz. He was previously an assistant coach with the Idaho Stampede (2015-16), where he was retained by the organization to assist with relocating the team to Salt Lake City in 2016.
Brady served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles D-Fenders (2014-15) and an assistant for the Bakersfield Jam (2013-14) and the Iowa Energy (2012-13).
Prior to coaching, Brady played professionally for four seasons, including three in the NBA’s minor league system: two seasons with the Utah Flash (2009-11) and a split season between the D-Fenders and Stampede (2011-12).
Brady earned his Master of Science degree in Sports Conditioning and Performance from Southern Utah University and his bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Physical Education from Utah Valley University. The Vernal, Utah, native played two collegiate seasons at Utah Valley University after starting his career in junior college (Dawson Community College and Salt Lake Community College).