College - Boise State
Bryan Gates begins his first season as an assistant coach with the Hornets following a one-year stint in the same position with the Sacramento Kings. Gates joined the Sacramento staff following a highly-successful three-year stint as a head coach in the NBA Development League with the Idaho Stampede.
While coaching the Stampede, Gates was a two-time recipient of the Dennis Johnson D-League Coach of the Year award (2006-07, 2007-08), and compiled a record of 101-51 (.664 winning percentage, tied for highest in league history), including winning the NBA Development League Championship in 2007-08. Gates was also an assistant coach in Idaho for five years, beginning with the teamís inaugural season in the CBA in 1997-98.
Gatesí first NBDL experience came as an assistant to Head Coach Dennis Johnson with the Austin Toros during the 2005-06 season. He spent the four years prior to joining the D-League in the USBL, as head coach of the Oklahoma Storm. During this time, Gates lead his squad to three Western Conference titles and was named Coach of the Year in 2004.
Gates has additional head coaching experience with the CBLís Hickory Nutz in the summer of 2003, and the Beirut Blue Stars of Lebanon in 2004-05. He lead the Nutz to a 23-0 record and a championship while being named Coach of the Year in his only season at the post, and guided the Blue Stars to a 2nd place league finish with a 24-7 record and a 4th place showing in the Dubai International Basketball Tournament.
Gates and his wife Robin live in New Orleans.