College - Mount Senario

Don Zierden is in his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards. Zierden came to Washington after spending the previous two seasons as head coach of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx. Prior to working in the WNBA, Zierden served as an assistant coach for two seasons with the Detroit Pistons from 2005-07.

The Minnesota native began his NBA career in Minnesota with the Timberwolves, where he served as the team’s video coordinator for the 1999-2000 season. Following his first season with Minnesota, he was promoted to assistant coach/director of player development on July 11, 2000. Zierden was a part of the coaching staff that led the Timberwolves to the Western Conference finals in 2004, and he remained with the club through the 2004-05 season.

Zierden’s coaching career has also included time at the University of Tulsa (1986-88), and in the Continental Basketball Association with the La Crosse Catbirds (1990-94, including winning the 1992 CBA Championship). Additionally, Zierden has been the head coach of the CBA’s Pittsburgh Piranhas (who he took to the CBA Finals in 1995), and the La Crosse Bobcats.

Zierden and his wife, Anne, and two children, Rachel and Isaiah who is a freshman on Creighton University’s basketball team.