Below are the head coaches of the NBA G League for the 2020-21 season.
AGUA CALIENTE CLIPPERS OF ONTARIO
Hewitt enters his first year as head coach of Agua Caliente after spending the last four seasons as a Clippers player evaluator, replacing Brian Adams (now an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers). His 18 total years as a head coach include time with George Mason University (2011-15), Georgia Tech (2000-11), and Siena College (1997-2000).
Georgia Tech had five NCAA Tournament appearances under Hewitt and appeared in the national championship game in 2004. A former ACC Coach of the Year (2000-2001), Hewitt stands as the third-winningest coach in Georgia Tech history (190-162).
Nielsen becomes the seventh head coach in franchise history after spending last season as an assistant for Austin. Prior to last season, Nielsen spent four seasons (2015-2019) as an assistant for the Perth Wildcats of the NBL, in which he won three championships. The Australia native was a player development assistant during the 2014-15 season while also serving as an assistant coach with San Antonio’s summer league team from 2014-19.
As a player, Nielsen was named the 2004 NBL MVP and won two championships with the Sydney Kings. After his nine seasons with the Kings, Nielsen moved to Europe and played another nine years total in Lithuania, Greece, and Spain.
Reinking, 47, heads into his fifth season as Canton’s head coach with a 102-91 record. He 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.
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, 10th) and three-point field goals made (184, 7th). As a captain his senior season, Reinking was named 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.
CAPITAL CITY GO GO
COLLEGE PARK SKYHAWKS
Noel Gillespie will lead the College Park Skyhawks in their inaugural 2019-20 season. Having most recently served as the head coach of the Erie BayHawks and Greensboro Swarm, Gillespie also worked within the Suns organization for 10 seasons, spending four as an assistant coach. After his tenure with the Suns, Gillespie served as an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets from 2013-2016. When the Atlanta Hawks’ affiliate was moved from Erie to College Park, Gillespie moved with the team.
Gillespie entered the league during the 2001-2002 season, working as a video assistant for the Indiana Pacers. The BayHawks’ new head man graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
DELAWARE BLUE COATS
Connor Johnson was hired as the new head coach of the Delaware Blue Coats on June 18 after spending four seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers coaching staff, most recently as the team’s Director of Player Development and Coaching Administration from 2015-2017.
Prior to joining the 76ers organization, Johnson worked at Villanova, serving as a graduate assistant with the men’s basketball program under Jay Wright. Johnson played his college basketball at Amherst College in Massachusetts.
Pannone most recently served as an assistant coach with the Israeli club Hapoel Jerusalem during the 2018-19 season, and also serves as the advance scout and video coordinator of the Angola Men’s National team. A seasoned international coach, Pannone served as the head coach of BC Prievidza of Slovakia during the 2017-18 campaign, and previously held assistant coaching positions in Korea (LG Lakers – 2015-17), Germany (Hanau White Wings – 2015-16) and China (Guangzhou Long Lions – 2012-13).
This will be Pannone’s second stint in Erie, as he served as an assistant coach with the BayHawks during the 2014-15 season. This past summer, Pannone served as an assistant coach for the Pelicans’ Summer League team in Las Vegas.
FORT WAYNE MAD ANTS
The 54-year-old Hankins brings vast coaching experience to Fort Wayne. He got started as a graduate assistant at Northwest Missouri State in 1991 after graduating from Northeastern State (OK) University in 1990. He next was an assistant coach at East Central High School in Tulsa, OK, for five years before going to Oral Roberts University as an assistant coach for 15 years, 12 of those as the top assistant.
From 2012-2015 he was the associate head coach at Southern Illinois University and from 2015-2019 he was the head coach at the University of Central Oklahoma. Teams he was associated with had six 20-win seasons, three NCAA tournament appearances and two NIT appearances.
G LEAGUE IGNITE
Brian Shaw, a five-time NBA champion with nearly 30 years of experience as an NBA player and coach, leads Team Ignite. Before joining the NBA G League, Shaw served as head coach of the Denver Nuggets for two seasons from 2013-15. He also held the position of associate head coach with the Indiana Pacers for two seasons (2011-13) and the Los Angeles Lakers for three seasons (2016-19). He began his coaching career with a seven-year stint as a Lakers assistant from 2004-11. Shaw was part of the coaching staff when the Lakers won NBA championships in 2009 and 2010 and the Pacers reached the Eastern Conference Finals in 2013.
As a player, Shaw enjoyed a successful 14-year NBA career that included stints with the Lakers, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers.
GRAND RAPIDS DRIVE
Hernandez, who served as a Hornets assistant coach and director of player development, was a member of Head Coach James Borrego’s staff since 2018. He previously served in a head coaching capacity for the organization, leading the Hornets during the 2018 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The Long Island, New York, native began his NBA coaching career with the Orlando Magic in 2014-15 in player development and assistant coaching roles until he joined the Hornets.
Prior to the Magic, Hernandez specialized in player development and ran Pro Hoops Inc., which trained players and teams looking to improve their on-court performance. From 2011-14, Hernandez oversaw the predraft training for 14 NBA Draft selections, including seven lottery picks. As a student-athlete at Hofstra University (1998-01), Hernandez played for current Villanova University head coach Jay Wright. After graduation, he played professionally in Puerto Rico for several seasons.
Newman-Beck spent eight seasons (2010–2018) with the Timberwolves organization as a coaching associate/video scouting director. Prior to that he spent one season with the Boston Celtics as assistant video coordinator/intern in 2009-10. Newman-Beck played college basketball at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating in 2009.
Newman-Beck is also Founder and President of “Hoops and Hope: Honoring Medford’s Youth,” a charity event that raises funds to support youth activities in his hometown of West Medford, Massachusetts.
Heath spent 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
Bret Brielmaier spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers. A native of Mankato, Minn., Brielmaier also spent four seasons with the San Antonio Spurs (2009-13), beginning his career as a player development assistant before becoming the team’s video coordinator for his final three seasons in San Antonio. Brielmaier played collegiately at the University of Arizona and began his coaching career as an undergraduate assistant coach under Hall of Fame head coach Lute Olsen during the 2008-09 season.
MAINE RED CLAWS
The new head coach for the Memphis Hustle in 2019-20, March previously spent nine seasons in Memphis (2007-16), including two seasons as assistant coach/advance scout for the Grizzlies. He spent his first six seasons with the team in the video department, including time as director of basketball information and technologies. March also served as head coach of the Grizzlies’ summer league squad that went 5-0 and captured the championship at the 2015 Orlando Pro Summer League.
The coach returns to the Grizzlies organization after three years as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings (2016-19). March got his start in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns (2005-07) as assistant video coordinator.
MOTOR CITY CRUISE
OKLAHOMA CITY BLUE
Grant Gibbs was named Head Coach of the Oklahoma City Blue after 2018-19 Head Coach Mark Daigneault was promoted to assistant coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Gibbs spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach of the Oklahoma City Blue, helping the team to a 62-38 overall record and two playoff appearances.
Mutombo spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors. He began his coaching career at his alma matter Metro State in 2011 as an assistant. After one year, he joined the Denver Nuggets, where he served as the player development coordinator for the 2012-13 season, before being promoted to assistant coach and serving in that capacity for two seasons. Prior to joining the Raptors, he was a member of the Austin Spurs as an assistant coach.
A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mutombo developed his basketball skills while growing up in Belgium, and he later played under coach Mike Dunlap at Metro State in Denver. Mutombo spent six years playing professionally in Italy, Greece and the NBA G League. He played four seasons in the top league in Italy, one season for Trikala 2000 in Greece’s top league, and the 2009-10 season with Bakersfield in the NBA G League. Mutombo turned pro after a distinguished career at Metro State (1999-2003). He helped the Roadrunners win two NCAA Division II national championships (2000 and 2002) and was named second-team All-America in 2001 and first-team All-America in 2002. Mutombo ranks second in school history in career free throw percentage (.853), fifth in field goals made (571) and ninth in points (1,360). He was inducted into the Metro State Athletics Hall of Fame in February 2011.
RIO GRANDE VALLEY VIPERS
Abdelfattah became the eighth coach of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in franchise history on October 1, 2019 and the first Palestinian-American head coach in G League history. He served as Assistant Coach under former RGV Head Coach and current Philadelphia 76ers Assistant Coach, Joseph Blair, during the 2018-19 championship season.
During his time as assistant coach, the Vipers finished with a 34-16 record, ranking first in the Western Conference and Southwest Division. RGV also led in three different league categories; points (128.4), rebounds (56.2) and three pointers made (90) per game.
Originally, Abdelfattah joined the Vipers staff in 2017-18 as a Basketball Operations Assistant. He worked under former RGV Head Coach and current Houston Rockets Assistant Coach, Matt Brase.
In addition to working on the staff in RGV, Abdelfattah has also served as an Assistant Coach for the Jordanian National team in 2018. Prior to RGV, Abdelfattah worked as an assistant coach at his alma mater St. Cloud State for four seasons, where he oversaw the player development program and led the recruiting efforts for the Huskies. Abdelfattah began his coaching career as a student assistant coach at St. Cloud State in 2010.
SALT LAKE CITY STARS
Peavy began his coaching career in the 2017-18 season as an assistant under Martin Schiller, the 2019-20 NBA G League Coach of the Year. As a member of Schiller’s staff, Peavy helped guide the Stars to two playoff berths and an improved winning percentage each season. He aided in the development of current Jazz players Tony Bradley, Jarrell Brantley, Juwan Morgan, Georges Niang, Royce O’Neale, Miye Oni, Rayjon Tucker, Nigel Williams-Goss and Justin Wright-Foreman while they appeared in games with the NBA G League franchise. Three players have earned GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA during Peavy’s tenure with the team.
Prior to beginning his coaching career, Peavy played internationally for eight seasons in both Germany and Puerto Rico, including a stint as a member of the Puerto Rican National Team.
SANTA CRUZ WARRIORS
Kris Weems was named Head Coach of the Santa Cruz Warriors in August of 2019 after previous Head Coach Aaron Miles was promoted to player development coach on Steve Kerr’s Golden State Warriors staff. Weems is the 4th head coach in Santa Cruz Warriors history and spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach of the Santa Cruz Warriors. Prior to that, he was a player development coach and scout with the Golden State Warriors from 2011-2014.
SIOUX FALLS SKYFORCE
SOUTH BAY LAKERS
Coby Karl began his head coaching career in 2016-17 as he guided the then-Los Angeles D-Fenders to their first Pacific Division title and the second best record in team history at 34-16. Karl guided the team to a 24-6 start, tying the 2009-10 Iowa Energy for the best 30-game start to a season in league history.
Karl, the son of NBA veteran coach George Karl, began his coaching career by spending the 2015-16 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.
George Galanopoulos was named Head Coach of the Texas Legends in July of 2019. Galanopoulos served as an assistant coach with the Legends during the 2016-17 season before earning a coaching call-up to the Dallas Mavericks. During the past two seasons, Galanopoulos worked as the Mavericks’ Video Coordinator. He is also the Head Coach of the Uganda National Team.
Derrick Alston was named Head Coach of the Westchester Knicks in August of 2019, becoming the team’s 4th head coach in franchise history. Alston has spent the last four seasons with the Westchester Knicks as an assistant coach, helping guide the franchise to a 108-92 overall record. He also helped the team secure their first-ever playoff win during the 2018-19 season. Before his team with the Knicks, Alston was a Player Development Coach with the Houston Rockets for 3 seasons.
WINDY CITY BULLS
Chase Buford was named the Head Coach of the Wisconsin Herd in July of 2019. Prior to becoming Head Coach of the Wisconsin Herd, Buford spent the 2018-19 season as an assistant coach with the Delaware Blue Coats and the 2017-18 season as an assistant coach with the Erie BayHawks. Buford worked with the Chicago Bulls from 2015-2017 as the franchise’s Coordinator of Player Development. His professional career began in 2012 as a regional scout with the Atlanta Hawks before being promoted to video intern.