Assistant Coaches

Jay Triano

Jay Triano, Assistant Coach
Jay Triano completed his first season on the Trail Blazers bench in 2012-13 after coming to Portland from the Toronto Raptors, where he held the position of vice president of pro scouting after serving as the team’s head coach from 2008-11 (87-142, .380). The first Canadian-born head coach in the NBA, Triano was previously an assistant in Toronto from 2002-08. Canadian National Team General Manager Steve Nash named Triano head coach of Team Canada in August 2012, his second time at the helm after holding the same position from 1999-2004 (52-42, .553). As head coach, Triano led Canada to a semifinal berth in the 1999 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico and a 5-2 record, second best to the United States, in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. In August 2010, Triano was named an assistant coach on the U.S. Men’s National Team, helping coach the United States to a gold medal winning FIBA World Championship over host country Turkey. Triano also served as an assistant coach of the USA Basketball Select Teams that trained against the U.S. National Team in 2007 and 2008, and head coach of the Select Team in 2012. Triano, who played collegiately at Simon Fraser University, played for the Canadian National Team for 11 years (1978-88) and was team captain from 1981-88. He represented Canada as a player on three Olympic teams (1980, 1984 and 1988), serving as captain for the last two. The Niagara Falls, Ontario, native has served as a coach with Basketball Without Borders in Istanbul (2008), Senegal (2010), Slovenia (2011) and Australia (2011).


David Vanterpool, Assistant CoachDavid Vanterpool
David Vanterpool finished his first season with the Trail Blazers in 2012-13 after spending the previous two seasons as Director of Pro Personnel for the Oklahoma City Thunder. A member of the Trail Blazers’ 2010 NBA Summer League coaching staff, Vanterpool played for European power CSKA Moscow from 2005-07, winning a Euroleague title there before becoming an assistant coach with the club upon retirement. He earned an All-Euroleague Second Team selection during the 2003-04 season while playing for Italian champion Montepaschi Siena. Vanterpool won a CBA Championship with the Yakima Sun Kings, and was CBA MVP before being called up to the Washington Wizards, where he appeared in 22 games in 2000-01. He also spent time with the Detroit Pistons and New Jersey Nets. As a senior at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, he was a first team All-Met selection, and went on to play college basketball at St. Bonaventure University. In 1995 he was named First Team Atlantic-10, and in 2005 St. Bonaventure University inducted him into their Athletic Hall of Fame.

Nate Tibbetts, Assistant CoachNate Tibbets
Nate Tibbetts joins the Trail Blazers from the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach. Prior to his tenure with the Cavaliers, Tibbetts served as head coach of the NBA Development League’s Tulsa 66ers for two seasons. He guided the Oklahoma City Thunder’s D-League affiliate to a 64-41 (.610) record and two trips to the playoffs during his time there. Tibbetts was selected to lead the West team in the 2011 D-League All-Star Game after guiding Tulsa to a conference-best 24-10 record heading into the break. He was also selected to be the United States head coach in the 2011 Pan American Games, where he led the group of D-League players to a bronze medal, USA’s first medal since 1999. Tibbetts was a member of the D-League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce coaching staff for four seasons from 2005-09 and was promoted to head coach after his first two campaigns. A former University of South Dakota standout who ranks second all-time in career assists (678) and steals (215) at the school, he was an assistant coach at the University of Sioux Falls from 2001-05. Tibbetts and his wife, Lyndsay, reside in Portland.

Kim Hughes, Assistant CoachKim Hughes
Kim Hughes completed his first season on the Trail Blazers bench in 2012-13. An assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers for seven seasons (2003-10), Hughes finished the final 33 games of the 2009-10 season as interim head coach, compiling an 8-25 record after replacing Mike Dunleavy at the helm. He spent the previous five seasons with the Denver Nuggets, where he served as director of scouting, director of player personnel and assistant coach. The Freeport, Ill., native was also a scout for the Milwaukee Bucks for seven seasons from 1991-98. At 6-11, Hughes is a six-year veteran of the ABA and NBA, playing for the New York/New Jersey Nets, Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers. He played collegiately at Wisconsin from 1970-74 and was named to the All-Rookie First Team in 1975-76 with the ABA’s Nets. Hughes finished his career in Italy, playing for Reggio Calabria and Innocenti before retiring in 1989. He and his wife, Christy, are the parents of four children: Ryan, Magen, Maddison and Caitlin.

Dale Osbourne, Assistant CoachDale Osbourne
Dale Osbourne enters his second season with the Trail Blazers in 2013-14 after serving as head coach of the Tulsa 66ers, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s NBA Development League team, the previous year. Catching the eye of USA Basketball, the organization selected him as an assistant coach for the 2011 Pan American Games, where the United States medaled for the first time since 1999. Osbourne spent parts of three seasons as an assistant in Tulsa before being promoted to head coach in December 2011. He has also been an assistant with the D-League’s Utah Flash and Austin Toros, in addition to coaching tenures in the WNBA, CBA and USBL. In seven years as an assistant at the University of South Alabama, Osbourne helped guide his alma mater to a pair of Sun Belt Conference titles.