College - South Dakota
Nate Tibbetts was named an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers in December 2011. He joins the Cavaliers from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League, where he served as head coach for two seasons and led the 66ers to the NBA D-League playoffs in each season, compiling a 64-41 (.610) record during his tenure.
During the 2010-11 regular season, Tulsa recorded a franchise-best 33-17 (.660) record and reached the semifinals of the playoffs. The 66ers ranked among the best in several defensive categories in 2010-11, including second in the League in opponentís points per game (98.8), third in turnovers forced per game (18.1) and fourth overall in steals (9.04). Offensively, Tulsa was fifth in the D-League with a team field goal percentage of .472. Under his leadership, Tulsa saw three of its players earn four total GATORADE Call-Ups during the season, which was most in the D-League. Tibbetts also was selected to lead the West team in the 2011 D-League All-Star Game after guiding Tulsa to a Western Conference-best 24-10 overall record heading into the All-Star break. In the fall of 2011, Tibbetts was selected to be the head coach for the USA in the 2011 Pan American Games. Comprised of D-League players, Team USA earned a bronze medal, the first medal for the United States since 1999.
In his first season with Tulsa, he led the 66ers to the D-League Finals in their first ever trip to the playoffs in team history. The team finished 27-23 (.540) during the 2009-10 season, a 12-game improvement from the previous season.Tulsa ranked in the top five in several team statistical categories including fourth in field goal percentage (.476), third in three-point percentage (.392) and fourth in defensive rebounds (1517).
Tibbetts joined the 66ers in 2009 after spending four seasons with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League. After two seasons as an assistant with the Skyforce, Tibbetts was promoted to head coach prior the 2007-08 season. In two seasons at the helm, Tibbetts guided Sioux Falls to a 53-47 (.530) mark including a playoff berth during the 2007-08 season.
Before joining the Skyforce in 2005, Tibbetts was an assistant menís basketball coach at the University of Sioux Falls for four years (2001-05). In his four seasons at USF, the Cougars posted a record of 92-44 (.676), including two trips to the NAIA Division II National Tournament. The 2003-04 team posted a school record 26 wins before falling to Bellevue University (Neb.) 72-60 in the Final Four of the NAIA Division II Tournament.
Tibbetts enjoyed a successful collegiate career at the University of South Dakota. He ranks second all-time in the USD record books in career assists (678) and steals (215). He was named to the All-North Central Conference (NCC) team in 2000-01 and Honorable Mention All-NCC in 1999-00.
He has a degree in elementary education and his wifeís name is Lyndsey.