College - Syracuse
Currently the longest tenured assistant coach in the NBA, Frank Hamblen returns for his 12th season with the Lakers. With his wealth of experience and knowledge of the game, Hamblen has been an integral part of the Lakers success in capturing five championships and making seven NBA Finals appearances during his 11-year run with the team.
After spending three seasons as an assistant coach with the Chicago Bulls, Hamblen joined the Lakers staff prior to the 1999-2000 season. Serving as an assistant under Phil Jackson from 1996-98 and again from 1999-2004, he was a member of the Bulls' NBA Championship teams in 1997 and 1998 and the Lakers’ NBA Championship teams in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010. Beginning the 2004-05 Lakers campaign as the top assistant to head coach Rudy Tomjanovich, a player he helped scout and draft into the league back in 1970, Hamblen assumed head coaching duties in February of 2005 after Tomjanovich stepped down from the position. The move marked the second time in his career that Hamblen had been called upon to take the reigns of a team in the middle of a season, having served as Milwaukee’s head coach after Del Harris stepped down 17 games into the 1991-92 season.
Now in his 42nd season of coaching professional basketball, Hamblen was the top assistant on both Del Harris’ and Mike Dunleavy’s staffs with the Milwaukee Bucks for nine seasons prior to joining the Bulls and Lakers. First joining the NBA directly out of college as a scout for the Rockets under former Lakers general manager Pete Newell, Hamblen has also been an assistant coach and scout for the San Diego/Houston Rockets (1969-72), an assistant coach and Director of Player Personnel for the American Basketball Association's Denver Rockets (1972-77) and an assistant coach for the Kansas City/Sacramento Kings (1977-1987). During his 1971-72 season with the Houston Rockets, Hamblen served as an assistant to former Phil Jackson assistant coach and triangle offense architect Tex Winter.
A letterman in both baseball and basketball, Hamblen played collegiately at Syracuse University where he was captain of the men's basketball team as a senior, graduating in 1969. Prior to his career at Syracuse, Hamblen was recognized among the top 12 high school basketball players in Indiana and 25 years later was named to the Silver Anniversary Team in 1990 by the Indiana Sports Hall of Fame.
Frank and his wife, Uta, live in Marina Del Rey.