Sacramento Kings’ Head Coach Paul Westphal today announced an addition to his coaching staff, reaching an agreement with former Idaho Stampede (D-League) Head Coach Bryan Gates to join the team as an assistant coach.
“We’re just thrilled to be able to add Bryan to our staff,” said Westphal. “He’s had great success everywhere he’s been. He’s really been looking for a chance to take a step into the NBA and we’re thrilled to provide that opportunity. I think he’s going to add a lot to our staff.”
Gates is a two-time recipient of the Dennis Johnson D-League Coach of the Year award (2006-07, 2007-08), having spent the past three seasons as the head coach for Idaho where he compiled a record of 101-51 (.664 winning percentage), including winning the NBA Development League Championship in 2007-08. In all, Gates worked 12 seasons with the Stampede, serving in various roles with the club since its inception, and has also coached for the IBA’s Rapid City Thrillers, CBL’s Hickory Nutz, USBL’s Oklahoma Storm, and the Beirut Blue Stars in Lebanon.