College - Old Dominion
Longtime NBA player and coach Kenny Gattison begins his first season with the Hawks, as an assistant to Larry Drew.
Most recently an assistant coach with the New Orleans Hornets from 2003-09, Gattison has also spent time on the coaching staff of the New Jersey Nets (1996-99) and Old Dominion University (2001-03), his alma mater. He was also selected to serve as an assistant during the 2009 Team USA Summer Camp workouts in Las Vegas, which the Hawks’ Josh Smith participated in.
Selected in the third round of the 1986 NBA Draft (55th overall) by Phoenix, the blue-collar big man spent nine seasons with the Suns, Hornets and Grizzlies. He appeared in 494 regular season games, averaging 4.7 ppg and 7.9 rpg, hitting .520 from the field. He is the Hornets’ franchise career leader in field goal percentage, while ranking fifth in blocks, offensive rebounds and games played.
The Wilmington, NC native enjoyed a decorated career at Old Dominion, where he was named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year as a senior, finishing as the conference’s all-time leading rebounder. The four-year letterman scored 1,623 points, good for 11th in Monarchs history. He was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.
Gattison was born May 23, 1964 in Wilmington, NC, and he resides in Marietta, GA with his wife Harriet and their children, Natasha (21), Kyle (19), Bryce (16) and Grant (12).