College - St. Anselm
ASSISTANT COACH

Brendan O’Connor comes to the Kings as an assistant coach after having spent last season as an assistant coach for the New York Knicks.

With six years of NBA coaching and scouting experience, O’Connor, a New Hampshire native, began his NBA career with the Detroit Pistons as an advance scout in 2000, and was then promoted to assistant coach/advance scout in July of 2001. He was a member of the Pistons’ coaching staff in 2004 and 2005 on Detroit’s NBA Championship team and Eastern Conference Championship squad, respectively.

Prior to his days in Michigan, O’Connor had a long and impressive resume of coaching experience in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), United States Basketball League (USBL), and International Basketball League (IBL). Assisting current Kings’ head coach Eric Musselman with the Florida Sharks of the USBL in 1995 and 1996, the Sharks won the league’s championship both seasons. He also teamed with Musselman at the Florida Beachdogs of the CBA in 1995-96 and 1996-97. O’Connor was an assistant coach/director of player personnel with both the Grand Rapids Hoops (1997-99) of the CBA and Richmond Rhythm (1999-2000) of the IBL. At Grand Rapids, O'Connor worked under then head coach and current Kings’ assistant coach Mark Hughes.

O’Connor graduated from St. Anselm College in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in history. He and his wife, Marlene, reside in Roseville with their two-year-old daughter Emily and one-year-old son Emmet.