The San Antonio Spurs today announced that Brett Brown has been named an assistant coach. He will join Mike Budenholzer and Don Newman on the team’s bench.
“Brett Brown will continue to do the great work he has done for us for the past five years,” said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. “I look forward to him joining us on the bench.”
Brown has served as the Spurs assistant coach/director of player development for the last five seasons. Prior to joining the Spurs, in July of 2002, he spent 14 years coaching in the National Basketball League in Australia. He served as a head coach in the NBL for nine seasons, first with the North Melbourne Giants and then with the Sydney Kings. During that time he amassed 149 career victories which is the sixth highest total in NBL history. Born and raised in Maine, Brown played four seasons of college basketball for Rick Pitino at Boston University.
At the same time the Spurs announced that Chad Forcier (for-SEER) has been hired as an assistant coach. Forcier will be responsible for player development, filling the role previously held by Brown.
“We are fortunate to have Chad Forcier join our staff,” said Popovich. “He brings a wealth of experience and will inject a great deal of energy into our program.”
Forcier comes to the Spurs from the Indiana Pacers where he spent four seasons as an assistant coach. Prior to joining the Pacers he spent two seasons on Rick Carlisle’s staff with the Detroit Pistons. A 1995 graduate of Seattle Pacific University, Forcier started his career as an intern with the Seattle Sonics in 1992. He spent five seasons with the Sonics, working under head coach George Karl. Forcier coached on the college level for four seasons, at Oregon State and University of Portland, before joining the Pistons in 2001.