College - Connecticut '71
Bob Staak joined Coach Sidney Lowe's staff as the top assistant. Staak, 54, helps Sidney Lowe develop the Grizzlies young roster as they mature into a playoff contender.
Staak brings 29 years of coaching experience to the position, and comes to the Grizzlies after spending the past three seasons as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.
His road to the Grizzlies has gone through several NBA cities. Prior to the Warriors, he was an assistant with the Washington Wizards (then known as the Bullets) and he has also worked for the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Prior to joining the NBA, Staak spent several seasons coaching at the collegiate level, spending 17 years in the NCAA. He was a head coach with Xavier and Wake Forest, and was named Coach of the Year in the Midwestern Conference in the 1980-81 season with Xavier. His best season came in 1983-84, when he led the Musketeers to a 22-8 record, their best in 35 years, and their first NCAA Tournament since 1961. He was head coach of Wake Forest from 1985-89.
Staak graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1971, and began his coaching career at East Hartford High School, followed by assistant jobs at UConn, William and Mary University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Staak has one son, Corey, 18.