Raptors 905, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors, announced Wednesday it has hired Tim Lewis, Nathaniel Mitchell and David Gale as assistant coaches on head coach Jesse Mermuys’ staff.
“This is an exciting time for Raptors 905 and all three coaches are eager to be part of building this program,” said Mermuys. “The staff we have assembled are proven professionals and committed to doing the right things each day to make Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area proud.”
Lewis joins Raptors 905 after one season as an assistant coach with the Bakersfield Jam (NBA D-League), which finished second in the Western Conference with a 34-16 record. A native of Great Britain, Lewis has international coaching stops in Spain (Gran Canaria), Japan (Hitachi Sunrockers) and Germany (Ratiopharm Ulm). He spent six years as an assistant coach and performance analyst for the British Senior Men’s Olympic program and served as head coach of Great Britain’s U-20 National Basketball Team.
Mitchell joins Raptors 905 following one season with the Maine Red Claws (NBA D-League). A native of Toronto, Mitchell, along with Red Claws head coach Scott Morrison, of Prince Edward Island, guided Maine to a 35-15 mark, which tied Santa Cruz for the best regular-season record in the League.
In 2013 Mitchell served as a graduate assistant for the men’s basketball team at Fresno State. He played collegiately at the University of the Cumberlands (Williamsburg, KY) where he helped the Patriots to the 2009 Mid-South Conference Championship and an appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NAIA Tournament, while earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and human services. Additionally, Mitchell has coaching experience on the international level, having served in Canada’s national program.
Gale has been part of the Raptors organization since 2011 in the role of assistant video coordinator. The Sherman Oaks, California native assisted the Raptors coaching staff with defensive game-plans and identifying opponent play calls from the bench past two seasons. During the summers Gale was based in Los Angeles and helped organize workouts for DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross and Bruno Caboclo.
Prior to joining Toronto, Gale spent four seasons as assistant video coordinator for the Los Angeles Clippers. He played collegiately at Loyola University Chicago and earned his bachelor’s degree in Sports Management.