Nets complete coaching staff with Igor Kokoskov, Adam Caporn and Trevor Hendry

The Nets named Igor Kokoskov, Adam Caporn and Trevor Hendry as assistant coaches, per team. The three assistants join Jacque Vaughn, Brian Keefe, Tiago Splitter, Royal Ivey and Ryan Forehan-Kelly in Steve Nash’s team.

The announcement confirms that Adam Harrington, David Vanterpool and Amar’e Stoudemire were not renewed while Jordan Ott, who served as the Nets’ offensive coordinator last season, heads to the Lakers. The Nets’ decision not to renew Harrington reportedly angered longtime friend Kevin Durant.

Kokoškov has over two decades of experience as an NBA coach. He recently served as an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks in the 2021-22 season – a team that went to the Western Conference Finals. The Serbian native was also an assistant on the Clippers, Pistons, Suns, Cavaliers, Magic, Jazz, Kings and Mavericks. More importantly, Kokoškov was an assistant at Phoenix when Nash was playing for the Suns. His last stop before coming to Brooklyn was with Dallas as an assistant (2021-22).

Outside of his NBA coaching experience, Kokoškov has extensive international coaching experience, having been head coach of the national teams of Georgia (2008-15) and Slovenia (2016-17), where he guided the team to gold at EuroBasket. 2017 in Turkey and Serbia (2019-21). He spent the 2020-21 season as head coach of Turkish League Fenerbahce.

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Caporn, who is the head coach of the Nets Summer League team in Las Vegas, joins the Brooklyn coaching staff after serving as head coach of the Long Island Nets, the Nets G League affiliate, to the 2021-22 season. He led the team to its second-place playoff finish in franchise history with an 18-15 overall record and earned NBA G League Coach of the Month honors in February after Long Island went 8-2 for the month.

The Australian native spent the previous seven seasons (2014-21) as head coach of Basketball Australia’s Center of Excellence, the country’s premier player development programme. He is also currently assistant coach of the Australian national team, a position he has held since 2017. He helped lead the Australian Boomers to a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics last summer. Previously, he served for two years (2014-16) as head coach of the Australian U19 national team and was an assistant coach at Saint Mary’s College of California for four seasons (2010-14).

Caporn also spent one season (2010-11) as a scholarship assistant coach at the Center of Excellence, one season (2009-10) as head coach of the East Perth Eagles in the Australian NBL1 and one season ( 2007-08) as an assistant. coach of the Willetton Tigers in Australia’s NBL1 while still in the middle of his playing career.

Before becoming a coach, Caporn played two collegiate seasons (2001-03) at Saint Mary’s and six professional seasons in Australia and the New Zealand National Basketball League with the Illawarra Hawks (2003-06), Wellington Saints (2004) and the Perth Wildcats (2006). -09). He was a teammate with Nets guard Patty Mills at Saint Mary’s.

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Hendry is the biggest surprise addition to Nash’s coaching staff. He was named assistant coach after spending the past four seasons as the Nets’ chief video coordinator. He has been in Brooklyn since 2014 and held various positions in basketball operations before entering the video room. During that time, he spent one season (2016-17) as a seasonal video development and player assistant for the Long Island Nets and one season (2017-18) in the same role for Brooklyn before becoming a coordinator. chief video.

Prior to joining the Nets organization, the Waterford, Connecticut native earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Commerce and a Masters of Business Administration from Clark University.