Coaching Staff of Charlotte Hornets Head Coach Steve Clifford

Steve Clifford’s staff is comprehensive and includes a host of household names.

Clifford, the Charlotte Hornets’ new coach, has named Tyrone Corbin, Bob Beyer, Rex Walters, Bruce Kruetzer and Brian O’Connor to be part of his second stint with the organization, league sources told Tuesday. Charlotte Observer. Clifford has also retained Jay Hernandez, Nick Friedman, Norman Richardson and Marlon Garnett, the sources say.

Corbin, 59, will be Clifford’s main assistant coach, sitting next to him on the bench. The Columbia, South Carolina native was on Clifford’s Orlando staff from 2018-21. He offers a combined 16 years of experience as an assistant and head coach.

Beyer, 60, coached under Clifford from 2013 to 2014 during his initial tenure at Charlotte and has a decade and a half of coaching experience. He comes to the Hornets after his last stop in New Orleans, where he was with the Pelicans in 2020-21.

Walters, 52, was also with the Pelicans, most recently from 2020-21. He’s been circling the NBA and coaching ranks for quite some time, compiling a combined 18 years as an assistant in the league and college ranks after a 10-year playing career.

Kruetzer, 72, marks his second stint with the Hornets, returning to the fold after being with the franchise from 2015-18 with Clifford. He comes to Charlotte from Orlando, where he served as a Magic assistant from 2018-22.

O’Connor’s duties include various duties in the team’s video department and other aspects centered around the coaching staff. He returns to the organization he interned with in 2016-17 after spending the last five years in Washington, D.C., with Georgetown on coach Patrick Ewing’s team as director of video operations.

Hernandez, originally hired as the team’s player development coach under former coach James Borrego, will return for his fifth season. Garnett, who works closely with LaMelo Ball, is heading into his sophomore year. The return of Friedman, who was drafted in 2020-21, and Richardson should also provide some stability in player development for a team that will likely need to improve from within to achieve its aspirations of qualifying for the Champions League. playoffs in 2022-23.

This story was originally published August 2, 2022 12:15 p.m.

Roderick Boone joined the Observer in September 2021 to cover the Charlotte Hornets and the NBA. In his more than two decades of sports writing, he’s covered everything from a high school rodeo to a Major League Baseball no-hitter, from the Super Bowl to the Finals. The Long Island native has deep roots in North Carolina and enjoys watching “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” endlessly.
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