July 24, 2013 |
In May, Mark Madsen was originally introduced as the head coach of the D-Fenders. But before coaching a single game, Madsen was promoted to the Lakers' staff as a player development coach . "A short period after I signed on to be the D-Fenders' head coach, a few other coaches on the Lakers' staff left the organization," said Madsen in a phone interview with The Times. "There were some subsequent conversations with Coach [Mike] D'Antoni -- with [General Manager] Mitch Kupchak, gauging my interest.
August 22, 2012 |
The New Orleans Saints have a new head coach. Make that an interim-to-the-interim coach. Aaron Kromer, the team's offensive line coach, will serve as head coach for the first six games of the season, while interim coach Joe Vitt serves his suspension for his involvement in the Saints' bounty scandal. Coach Sean Payton is serving a full-season suspension for the alleged pay-to-injure scheme. The Saints' pick of Kromer is not a surprise. He's widely considered the most head-coach-ready prospect on the staff, and he's not a coordinator so the team wouldn't need to further shuffle the coaches by promoting him. "Ultimately, I wanted to have the least amount of change on both the offensive and defensive staffs, and maintain the most continuity with the program that has been in place for the last six years," said General Manager Mickey Loomis, who begins his own half-season suspension in the week leading up to the Sept.
August 7, 2013 |
The D-Fenders on Wednesday officially named Bob MacKinnon head coach. "We are excited to announce Bob MacKinnon as the next head coach of the D-Fenders," said D-Fenders President and Chief Executive Joey Buss. "Bob brings a successful coaching background to our franchise, winning at multiple levels and developing countless players at different stages of their careers. Most importantly, Bob shares our vision of cultivating prospects who can deliver quality minutes for the Lakers and the NBA while also contending for an NBA Development League championship.
April 18, 2013 |
Lakers assistant coach Eddie Jordan has accepted the head coaching position at Rutgers. While the university has yet to announce the hire, Jordan will return to his alma mater, where he attended and played from 1973-77. Jordan replaces Mike Rice, who was fired after a practice video showed him being verbally and physically abusive to his players. While at Rutgers as a student, Jordan was known as "Fast Eddie" and led the Scarlet Knights to a Final Four appearance in 1976. Jordan was added to the Lakers' staff under former coach Mike Brown and was asked to help institute a variation of the Princeton offense.
January 17, 2013 |
The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as head coach Thursday. Bradley spent the last four seasons in Seattle. This season, the Seahawks ranked first in the NFL in fewest points allowed per game (15.3) and fourth in yards (306.2), and tied for fourth in takeaways (31). The Jaguars were 30th in the league in total defense in 2012. "He's got a brilliant football mind," Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll told the Associated Press. "He's got a way of reaching people and touching people and getting the best out of them, coaches and players alike.
October 15, 2012 |
As he accepted the head coach position for the NBA Development League's Los Angeles D-Fenders, Reggie Theus said he now has a chance to return to his roots. "My mom is 89 years old. I have a son that's a senior at Fairfax High School, and a daughter that's a freshman at Redondo Union, and one that just graduated from UC Irvine," the Los Angeles native said. "So for me to be home with family is very important at this point in my career. With various head-coaching and assistant stints in the NBA, college basketball and the AAU under his belt, Theus comes home after spending the past year as a Pac-12 analyst for Fox Sports Net. "The opportunity to work for the D-Fenders in an area of basketball that's about developing is really exciting.