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NBA G League Head Coaches

Below are the head coaches of the NBA G League’s 28 teams for the 2019-20 season.


AGUA CALIENTE CLIPPERS OF ONTARIO

BRIAN ADAMS

Brian Adams joined the Clippers organization in 2014 after working as an assistant coach at Harvard and Marist College. Previous to his NCAA coaching run, Adams spent five years on the Boston Celtics’ video staff, winning a title with the club in 2008.

For the past four seasons, Adams has served as the Agua Caliente Clippers’ video scouting director along with his role as a coaching associate. Adams replaces Casey Hill as head coach of the A.C. Clippers after Hill was promoted to the Los Angeles Clippers to serve as an assistant under Doc Rivers.


AUSTIN SPURS

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BLAKE AHEARN

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 collegiality 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.


CANTON CHARGE

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NATE REINKING
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.


CAPITAL CITY GO-GO

RYAN RICHMAN 

Richman replaces Jarell Christian (who was promoted to assistant coach of the Washington Wizards) as head coach of the Capital City Go-Go for the 2019-20 season. This will be Richman’s seventh season, having most recently spent the 2018-19 campaign as an assistant coach under Scott Brooks with Washington. He spent his first three seasons with the organization in the video room before transitioning to a role as player development coordinator/assistant coach in Brooks’ first year as head coach (2016-17). In that role, he assisted player development during pre-practice, pre-game and after-hours sessions while also analyzing game film and holding responsibility for game scouts and preparation. Richman served as the Wizards’ Summer League head coach in 2018, leading current Wizards Troy Brown Jr. and Thomas Bryant to standout performances.


COLLEGE PARK SKYHAWKS

NOEL GILLESPIE 

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

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.


ERIE BAYHAWKS

RYAN PANNONE

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

STEVE GANSEY
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

DONNIE TYNDALL

Donnie Tyndall was named Grand Rapids Drive Head Coach in September of 2019 after spending last season as an assistant coach with the team. Prior to his time with the Drive, Tyndall spent two years as an assistant coach with Raptors 905.


GREENSBORO SWARM

JOE WOLF

Wolf joins the Greensboro Swarm after serving as an assistant coach with UNC-Wilmington during the 2017-2018 season. Prior to Wolf’s stint with the Seahawks, he was an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks from 2008-2013 and the Brooklyn Nets from 2014-2017.

Wolf comes to the Swarm with plenty of NBA G League experience. Greensboro’s new head man served as the head coach of the Idaho Stampede, now known as the Salt Lake City Stars, from 2004-2006 and the Colorado 14ers, now known as the Texas Legends, from 2006-2008. With the 14ers, Wolf qualified for the postseason in all three years of his tenure, reaching the NBA G League Finals in his inaugural season with the team and winning the title in 2009.

Wolf played in the NBA from 1987-1993 with the Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics and Portland Trailblazers. After a year playing with Leon in Spain, Wolf returned to the U.S., playing six seasons from 1994-1999 with the Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic, and Milwaukee Bucks. Wolf played his college basketball at UNC before being taken No. 13 overall in the 1987 NBA Draft.

LAKELAND MAGIC

STAN HEATH
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

SHAUN FEIN

Shaun Fein was named the head coach of the Long Island Nets in September of 2019, replacing Will Weaver — who led the franchise to their first-ever NBA G League Finals appearance. Fein spent the past three seasons with the Brooklyn Nets, working as a video seasonal assistant in 2016 and assistant video coordinator from 2017-2018. Fein spent the 2018-19 season as the Nets’ player development coordinator, mostly working with the team’s Two-Way players and NBA Assignment players.


SOUTH BAY LAKERS

COBY KARL
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.


MAINE RED CLAWS

DARREN ERMAN

Erman was hired by the Maine Red Claws as Head Coach after spending the past four seasons as Associate Head Coach of the New Orleans Pelicans. Erman began his coaching career during the 2007-2008 season with the Boston Celtics before working with the Golden State Warriors from 2011-2014. Erman is the 6th head coach in Maine Red Claws history.


MEMPHIS HUSTLE

JASON MARCH 

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.


NORTHERN ARIZONA SUNS

 

Bret Burchard

Burchard was a Northern Arizona Suns assistant coach during the team’s inaugural season in 2016-17. He was promoted to associate head coach entering their 2017-18 campaign shortly before getting called up to the Phoenix Suns, where he spent last season as a player development assistant. This will be Burchard’s first year as a head coach in the NBA G League as he becomes the third head coach in Northern Arizona Suns history (Ellis, Toppert). Burchard, 32, has spent the last eight years with the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Northern Arizona Suns. He worked 2013-16 as the Phoenix Suns’ video coordinator after spending 2010-13 in the basketball communications department for the Mercury and Suns. Before joining the Suns organization, Burchard was an assistant coach for two years at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, where he also went to school and played basketball. A Columbia, Missouri, native, Burchard earned his degree in sports management and public relations from Taylor in 2008.


OKLAHOMA CITY BLUE

GRANT GIBBS

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.


RAPTORS 905

Jama Mahlalela

Jama Mahlalela was hired as the third-ever head coach of Raptors 905 after serving as an assistant coach with the NBA’s Toronto Raptors from 2013-2018. Before his time with the Toronto Raptors, Mahlalela was an assistant coach with the University of Toronto from 2004-2008. Mahlalela played college basketball at the University of British Columbia from 1999-2004. He joined the Raptors organization in 2006 as a member of the team’s community development staff while working wit the University of Toronto.

Mahlalela was born in Mbabane, Swaziland and grew up in the Greater Toronto Area. Mahlalela is an active participant in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program and has worked at multiple Masai Ujiri’s Giants of Africa camps.


RIO GRANDE VALLEY VIPERS

MAHMOUD ABDELFATTAH

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.

STOCKTON KINGS

TYRONE ELLIS

Ellis was hired as the Stockton Kings’ head coach following the 2017-2018 season. Ellis comes to Stockton by way of Phoenix, where he served as a Suns assistant coach during the 2017-2018 season. During the 2016-2017 season, Ellis served as the head coach of the Northern Arizona Suns

Ellis’ NBA G League experience dates back to 2012, when he began his career as an assistant coach with the Tulsa 66ers, now known as the Oklahoma City Blue. Ellis spent the 2013-2014 seasons as an assistant coach with the Reno Bighorns, now known as the Stockton Kings, the 2014-2015 season as an assistant coach with the Grand Rapids Drive and the 2015-2016 season with the Bakersfield Jam, now known as the Northern Arizona Suns. Ellis played college basketball at Southern Nazarene University from 1997-2001 before playing for the Huntsville Flight, now known as the Canton Charge, in the NBA G League’s inaugural season in 2001-2002.


SALT LAKE CITY STARS

MARTIN SCHILLER

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

KRIS WEEMS

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

ERIC GLASS

Eric Glass was promoted to Head Coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce in July of 2019, becoming the Skyforce’s 20th head coach in franchise history. Prior to being named Head Coach, Glass had spent 9 years with the Miami HEAT organization. Glass was the HEAT’s Summer League coach for the past two seasons along with duties as the Team’s Video Coordinator/Player Development Coach.


TEXAS LEGENDS

GEORGE GALANOPOULOS

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.


WESTCHESTER KNICKS

DERRICK ALSTON

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

DAMIAN COTTER

Cotter was named Windy City Bulls Head Coach in September of 2019 after serving as lead assistant coach for the Capital City Go-Go during the 2018-19 season. During the 2017-18 season, Cotter worked with Brooklyn Nets affiliate, the Long Island Nets. Cotter also has 10 years of FIBA coaching experience under his belt after working with the Australian Junior Men’s National Team and the Australian Senior Women’s National Team.


WISCONSIN HERD

CHASE BUFORD

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.

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