NBA D-League Head Coaches

Below are the head coaches of the NBA Development League’s 22 teams for the 2016-17 season.



Ken McDonald is entering his fourth season as head coach with the Austin Spurs. He served as an assistant coach during the 2012-13 season with the Toros, helping lead the team to a 27-23 overall record and to the semifinals of the 2013 NBA D-League Playoffs. McDonald has also served as head coach at Western Kentucky University (2008-11), where he led the team to the Sun Belt Regular Season Championship and Sun Belt Tournament Championship (2009). McDonald spent four seasons (2008-2012) as an assistant coach at the University of Texas under Head Coach Rick Barnes, who he has considered his mentor during his coaching career. In addition to guiding the Longhorns to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, he also helped the team reach a 106-35 (.752) record throughout the four seasons he was with the team, which is still ranked as the most victories in a four-year period in school history. McDonald has also served as an assistant coach at the University of Georgia (2003-04), Western Kentucky University (1998-2003) and Clemson University (1994-98). He graduated from Providence College, where he played shooting guard (1991-92), before playing professionally for the St. Paul Revelles in Ireland (1993-94). While playing at the Community College of Rhode Island (1989-90) prior to transferring to Providence, McDonald was a first-team Junior College All-American and set school records for single-season scoring (754 points) and 3-pointers made in a game (9) and season (109). McDonald was born and raised in Providence, R.I. He has one daughter, Ella, who was born in 2008.



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).



Bill Peterson begins his third year as head coach on the professional level and second in the D-League after being an assistant coach for the Texas Legends last season. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks for six seasons. From 2000-07, he served as the associate head coach for Colorado State, helping the Rams advance the 2003 NCAA Tournament, their first appearance in 13 years. Originally the head coach of Alabama-Huntsville, he was recognized by the Dallas Mavericks to become a developemental coach and scout from 1998-2000 where he worked with then rookie forward, Dirk Nowitzki. Peterson graduated from Eckerd College and has a Master’s degree in physical education and human relations.



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.



Walters spent the last eight seasons as head coach of the men’s basketball team at the University of San Francisco where he guided the Dons to two 20-win seasons and two postseason appearances. USF finished in the top three of the West Coast Conference twice in the last six years, including 2013-14, when they tied for second with a 13-5 conference mark. During the 2013-14 season, the team finished with a 21-12 record, tied for second in the WCC with a 13-5 mark and earned a bid to the National Invitation Tournament. The 21 victories marked the Dons’ highest win total since the 1981-82 team posted a 25-6 record while their 13 conference victories were the most since the 1976-77 team went 14-0 in league play while spending most of the season ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Drafted 16th overall in the 1993 NBA Draft by New Jersey, Walters played seven seasons with the Nets, Philadelphia and Miami. He averaged 4.6 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 335 career NBA games. He also played professionally overseas in the Spanish League following his NBA playing career.

Walters earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Kansas in 1993.



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.




Cyprien joined the Memphis Grizzlies during the 2014-15 season as basketball operations assistant/scout, returning to the city where he helped guide the University of Memphis to 49 victories and consecutive postseason tournament appearances in two seasons (2009-11) as an assistant coach under Josh Pastner. The Tigers went 25-10 during the 2010-11 season, winning the Conference USA Tournament Championship and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Widely considered one of the top assistants and recruiters in the country during his years on the collegiate scene, Cyprien coached or recruited current and former NBA players such as Tony Allen, Khris Middleton, Patrick Patterson, Patrick Beverley, Jodie Meeks, Will Barton, Sonny Weems, Josh Harrellson, John Lucas III and Shawn Marion.

Before returning to Memphis, Cyprien served three seasons (2011-14) as associate head coach at Texas A&M University. His resume also includes assistant coaching stints with the University of Kentucky (2007-09), the University of Arkansas (2006-07), New Mexico State University (2005-06), Oklahoma State University (2000-04), the University of Nevada Las Vegas (1995-2000), Western Kentucky University (1994-95), Jacksonville University (1991-94), Lamar University (1990-91) and the University of Texas-San Antonio (1987-90).

The New Orleans native lettered two seasons as a player at Southern University-New Orleans and earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from UTSA in 2004.



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.



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.



Scott Morrison enters his third season as head coach of the Red Claws. His remarkable rookie campaign at the helm. Morrison led Maine to a franchise record 35-15 record, and the top spot in the NBA D-League Playoffs. His hard work resulted in accolades – Morrison won the Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year Award, given to the top coach in the NBA D-League. Prior to the 2014-15 season, Morrison was with the Red Claws as a player development coach for the 2013-14 campaign. Morrison has an extensive coaching background in the collegiate ranks and on the international level. Before joining the Red Claws, Morrison was the head coach at Lakehead University (Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada) for 11 years. While at the helm at Lakehead, Morrison transformed the men’s basketball program from one of the worst teams into one of the most prominent in all of Canada, leading the Thunderwolves to the school’s first ever Ontario University Athletics Conference championship during the 2010-11 season, and a silver medal in the 2013 Canadian Inter-University Sport National Championships. In 2010, Morrison was named the Ontario University Athletics Coach of the Year. Internationally, Morrison has served as an Assistant Coach on the Men’s U-18 and U-19 Canadian National Junior Teams, securing a bronze medal at the 2012 U-18 FIBA Americas tournament in Brazil, a sixth place finish at the 2013 FIBA World Championships in the Czech Republic and a silver medal at the 2014 U-18 FIBA Americas Championship in Colorado Springs. A native of Prince Edward Island, Morrison was a four-year starter on the men’s basketball team at the University of Prince Edward Island, where he ended his career as the all-time leader in assists and three-point field goals made and fifth on the all-time leading scorer list.



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.



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.



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.



Dean Cooper enters his third season with the organization, having served as the Idaho Stampede’s head coach before the team relocated. Before joining the Stars family Cooper spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Houston Rockets on Kevin McHale’s staff. He began his NBA career with the Rockets in 1999 as a video coordinator, eventually becoming an assistant coach to Rudy Tomjanovich. When Jeff Van Gundy succeeded Tomjanovich, Cooper transitioned to the front office as a personnel scout for one season before eventually becoming the Director of Scouting (2004-07) and Vice President of Player Personnel (2007-08). He spent the 2008-09 season as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves when McHale was the interim coach. Following a one-year stint as a regional scout for the Timberwolves (2009-10), Cooper became Director of Player Development for the Portland Trail Blazers under Nate McMillan. Prior to the NBA, Cooper was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich. before taking a similar role at the University of Buffalo for two years. Cooper began his coaching career at a pair of Michigan high schools, spending five years at Belding High School and three years at Caledonia High School. A native of Belding, Mich., Cooper has been a camp director in the NBA’s Basketball without Borders program since 2005. Married to Melanie Cooper, he earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Aquinas College.



Casey Hill is in his fourth season as head coach of the Santa Cruz Warriors, having led the franchise to its first-ever NBA D-League title in 2014-15. Under Hill’s guidance, Santa Cruz won a franchise-record 35 regular-season games, including a franchise-best 11-straight victories, en route to earning the team’s third consecutive NBA D-League Finals berth. In Hill’s first year at the helm in 2013-14, he led the Warriors to a 29-21 regular-season record and an appearance in the Finals. Over the past two seasons, the Boerne, Texas, native has coached eight Golden State Warriors during their assignments to Santa Cruz while developing five Warriors who earned a total of 14 GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA. Hill and his staff played an integral part in the Santa Cruz Warriors earning the 2013-14 NBA D-League “Development Champion” award, an annual honor that recognizes the team that best embodies the league’s goals of developing NBA basketball talent via Call-Ups and assignments. Before his promotion to head coach, Hill spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach of the franchise, helping lead the Warriors to the NBA D-League Finals during the 2012-13 season. In his first season as an assistant in 2011-12, he helped the Dakota Wizards finish at the top of the Eastern Conference with a 29-21 regular season record. Prior to joining the Santa Cruz staff, Hill worked under his father, longtime NBA coach Bob Hill, with the Tokyo Apache, a professional team in Japan. Hill is a graduate of Trinity University, where he was a member of the Tigers’ basketball team. He resides in Capitola with his wife Lizz, an artist who has shown her work at numerous venues in the Santa Cruz area.




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.



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.