Memphis Grizzlies Coaching Staff 2019-20

Memphis Grizzlies Coaching Staff
Memphis Grizzlies Coaching Staff :
The coaching staff is a group of non-athletes tied to a sports team. A coaching staff can be existent at all levels of athletics.

It is led by a head coach (known as a manager or senior coach in some sports), and consists of at least one assistant coach (usually two or more), together with other members such as doctors, massage therapists, trainers and equipment managers, fitness trainer, nutritionist etc. The coaching staff are required to go through several trainings and courses to ensure reliability. The relationship between the coaching staff and player can have positive or negative effect depending on
how upbeat and healthy it is.
For the 2019-20 season, the Grizzlies announced their coaching staff led by Head Coach Taylor Jenkins on 5th August, 2019 and it included the first female assistant in franchise history.
Niele Ivey  memphis grizzlies

Niele Ivey is a former Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) player for the Indiana Fever, Detroit Shock and Phoenix Mercury basketball teams. Prior to her move to the NBA in August 2019, she was an assistant coach for the University of Notre Dame Women’s basketball team, where she played her college ball. She was an All-American point guard and became the 17th player in school history to record over 1,000 career points. She led the Irish women to their first ever NCAA Championship in 2001 as a fifth year senior, in her hometown of St.Louis.
She’s currently the first female assistant coach in Grizzlies history and the ninth such female coach in the NBA. She has been a part of all nine of Notre Dame’s Final Four appearances – two as a player and seven as an assistant. Her official Notre Dame bio credits her with “brilliant prowess when it comes to scouting and in-game strategy”. Her son, Jaden Ivey, a shooting guard is rated No. 122 overall player in the Class of 2020 according to 247Sports.
Brad Jones memphis grizzlies
Brad Jones coached the Hustle to a G-League playoff appearance last season (2018-19) and worked under Jenkins on the team’s summer league staff Brad. Jones and head coach Jenkins have a history together as Jenkins was an assistant in 2010-12 for the Spur’s G-League affiliate when Jones was the team’s head coach. Jones described Jenkins as “someone who has been instrumental in his growth” during his introductory press conference.
Jones began his coaching career in 1990 and has worked with several teams as assistant coach, head coach and scout. He was named head coach of the Austin Toros in 2012 after leading them to the D-League championship.
David McClure memphis grisslies
David McClure is a former member of the Duke Blue Devils – played four seasons with the team where he was regarded as a “skilled and intelligent player with the ability to play multiple positions. He also played in the G-League, spending a season with the Spurs’ development team when Jenkins was an assistant coach.
He worked with Indiana Pacers as a player development coach from 2015-2018 before getting a promotion to assistant coach under Nate McMillan. Players such as Paul George and Myles Turner credited McClure with helping their development, and veteran scorer Monta Ellis credited him in 2017 with being a motivator.
Vitaly Potapenko memphis grizzlies
Vitaly Potapenko is the lone holdover from Bicker’s staff and the only member of the Grizzlies’ new staff with NBA playing experience. The Ukrainian retired in 2008 and began his coaching career in 2009 as an assistant coach for Fort Wayne Mad Ants till 2010. He also worked for Indiana Pacers, Dakota Wizards, Santa Cruz Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers (a team he helped to win the first ever NBA Finals championship) as assistant coach/player development until his recent appointment with the Grizzlies.


Neven Spahija memphis grizzlies
Neven Spahija is the only member of the staff with two decades of international coaching experience. The Croatian professional coach began his coaching career back in 1986 as an assistant coach.
As head coach, he has won Euro Championship (2010), the Croatian League (2000, 2001), Croatian Cup (2000, 2001), Baltic League (2006) and Spanish League (2008) amongst others. He most recently worked with Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Euro League as head coach.
The 56-year-old is no stranger to the NBA.
Scoonie Penn memphis grizzlies

Scoonie Penn:
James ‘Scoonie’ Penn is known by many for his time in the backcourt at Ohio State. Standing at 5ft 11in, he played the point guard position professionally from 2000-2011 for over 10 different basketball teams.
Ohio state made the Final Four in 1999 with Penn as its second-leading scorer back in his college days. He played alongside former NBA All-Star Michael for the Buckeyes and won the Croation League twice and Greek Cup in 2004, 2006 and 2010 respectively. He also won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award in 2000. After retiring from professional basketball, he became the director of player development for the Ohio State basketball program.













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