Washington Wizards Announce Coaching / Coaching Staff Changes – WNBA.com

WASHINGTON DC- The Washington Wizards today announced their restructured coaching and coaching staff for the 2018-19 season.

Joining Scott Brooks and Tony Brown on the front of the bench will be Robert Pack and Ryan Richman, while Kristi Toliver will join David Adkins, Mike Terpstra and Maz Trakh at the back of the bench as assistant coach/player development. Additionally, Alex McLean and Landon Tatum have both been promoted to assistant coach/player development.

“We are thrilled to start the season with a renewed and versatile coaching and coaching staff,” Wizards head coach Scott Brooks said. “We have a good mix of veteran NBA coaches, valuable new additions and promotions within the organization that will help our players improve.”

Pack joins the Wizards after spending last season as a scout with the Portland Trail Blazers. Prior to that, he spent the previous two seasons (2015-16 and 2016-17) as an assistant coach with the New Orleans Pelicans, his second stint with the organization. Pack spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Brooks’ staff from 2013 to 2015. He began his coaching career in New Orleans, serving as an assistant coach during the 2009-10 season before spending three seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers in a similar role.

Richman, who served as the Wizards’ 2018 Summer League head coach, is entering his fifth season with the team. After two seasons in the video room, Richman became player development coordinator/assistant coach for the 2016-17 season under new head coach Scott Brooks. He began his coaching career with the University of Maryland basketball program before joining the Wizards staff in 2014.

Toliver comes to the Wizards bench after helping lead the Washington Mystics to the 2018 WNBA Finals. She also assisted the Wizards coaching staff during the 2018 NBA Summer League and training camp. The 10-year-old pro, two-time All-Star (2013 and 2018) and WNBA champion (2016 with Los Angeles) has averaged 12.3 points and 3.4 assists during her WNBA career and has posted 13.9 points and 4.4 assists for the Mystics last season. She was originally drafted third overall by Chicago in the 2009 draft from Maryland, where she led the Terrapins to the 2006 national championship.

McLean spent last season with the Wizards Player Development team, assisting with field work for Wizards players and traveling/training with players on G-League assignments. Tatum is in his third season with the Wizards, spending time as both an assistant video coordinator and a member of the team’s player development team.

In addition to changes to the coaching staff, the Wizards announced they had added Blair O’Donovan as director of physical preparation and promoted Jeff Bangs to athletic coach, joining Steve Smith, Jesse Phillips and Navin Hettiarachchi in the team’s coaching staff. led by Dr. Wiemi Douoguih of MedStar Health.

O’Donovan has trained elite athletes in the DC metro area and around the world, including time with the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Capitals. Bangs is entering his third season with the Wizards after spending the previous two years working with the coaching staff and has also worked with the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Heat practice squads.