College - Nevada-Las Vegas
Brett Gunning begins his second season as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic. He spent the previous four seasons in various capacities with the Houston Rockets (2008-12).
Gunning began with Houston in 2008 as the teamís director of player development, where he was responsible for improving player performance through on-court, one-on-one skill development and the use of video analysis. He was then named an assistant coach prior to the 2011-12 season.
Prior to joining the Rockets, Gunning spent seven seasons (2001-08) as a member of the coaching staff at Villanova University under Jay Wright. During his time with the Wildcats, Gunning played a vital role in recruiting and developing a unit that secured four straight NCAA Tournament berths and made three trips to the Sweet 16. He was named associate coach in 2005 and was recognized following the 2007-08 season as one of the top 25 assistants in the nation by Rivals.com. Gunningís responsibilities with Villanova included on-court teaching, recruiting and scouting.
Gunning was also a member of Wrightís staff at Hofstra University for seven seasons from1994-2001. He was a part of a staff that turned Hofstra into an American East powerhouse, posting a 72-22 (.766) record from 1998-2001. Gunning, who assisted with recruiting, individual instruction, scouting and film analysis at Hofstra, was also instrumental in the development of the Pride players.
A native of Broomall, Penn., Gunning graduated from Malvern Prep in 1990 and spent two years as a team manager during his undergraduate studies at Villanova, before accompanying former Wildcats Head Coach Rollie Massimino to UNLV in 1992. He then served as a student assistant for two years with the Runniní Rebels, earning his bachelorís degree in 1994.