College - Frostburg State

Barry Hecker enters his second season on Lionel Hollins’ staff with nearly 40 years of basketball experience in the professional, collegiate and high school ranks. Prior to joining the Grizzlies on Jan. 27, 2009, Hecker served as an assistant coach with the Jiangsu Nangang Dragons during the 2008 China Basketball Association (CBA) playoffs. Along with his work in the CBA, Hecker spent 16 seasons (1986-98, 2001-05) with the Los Angeles Clippers. First serving with the Clippers as the team’s director of scouting (1986-94), Los Angeles made postseason appearances in back-to-back seasons (1992, 1993), the club’s first trips to the NBA playoffs since the 1975-76 season as the Buffalo Braves. Hecker then moved to the Clippers bench for four seasons (1994-98) as an assistant under head coach Bill Fitch, helping Los Angeles back to the playoffs in 1997, and would later spend four years (2001-05) as the club’s director of player personnel/assistant coach. Before joining the Clippers, Hecker spent two seasons (1984-86) as the player personnel director for the Cleveland Cavaliers, helping assemble a core of players including Mark Price, Brad Daugherty, Ron Harper and Johnny “Hot Rod” Williams, that would turn the Cavaliers into a perennial Eastern Conference power in the late-1980s and early-1990s. Hecker’s basketball executive experience also includes two seasons (1999-01) as the interim head coach, assistant coach and player personnel director for the Las Vegas Bandits of the International Basketball League (IBL), where he assisted Hollins in the 2000-01 season. A popular and frequent speaker on the basketball clinic circuit, Hecker has been the director of numerous camps, including those run by Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley, Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues, Xavier McDaniel and Andrei Kirilenko. Internationally, Hecker has been invited as a guest speaker at clinics in China, Italy, Turkey and Puerto Rico. He has also written several basketball articles for Scholastic Coach. The Washington, D.C. native received his bachelor’s degree from Frostburg State where he played basketball and baseball. He earned his master’s degree in education from George Washington University and was a Ph.D. candidate at Florida State. Hecker’s head coaching credits also include B.S. Leiden of the Dutch Professional League (1975) and Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah (1976-78). Hecker and his wife, Terri, have three children: Monica, 23; Derick, 21; and Michela, 19.