College - Miami (OH)
LEAD ASSISTANT COACH
Randy Ayers begins his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Pelicans and his second as the lead assistant coach. On August 4, 2010, Randy Ayers was named an assistant coach and was promoted to lead assistant in the summer of 2011. Ayers, who holds a strong track record as an assistant and head coach on both the collegiate and professional levels, has an NBA head coaching record of 21-31, at the helm of the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2003-04 season. Ayers has experience as an NBA assistant head coach for three different teams, most recently with the 76ers in 2009-10.
Ayers started as an assistant in Philadelphia in 1998, the position he held until he assumed the head job before the 2003-04 season. As the top assistant under Head Coach Larry Brown, Ayers helped guide Philadelphia to five-consecutive playoff appearances, including a trip to the NBA Finals in 2001.
After his time there, Ayers coached for Orlando and Washington, before returning to Philadelphia last year. The Wizards allowed just 99.2 points per game in his first season with the team in 2007-08, after allowing 104.9 points per game the season prior.
Prior to joining the Wizards, Ayers was an assistant coach with Orlando. In his two seasons with the Magic, Ayers helped the team lower its opponents scoring average from 101.8 points per game in 2004-05 to 96.0 points per game in 2005-06 to 94.0 points per game in 2006-07.
Ayers also had three stops as a college coach, highlighted by his first head coaching job at The Ohio State University. In his eight seasons with the Buckeyes, Ayers spearheaded teams that earned two-consecutive No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament, while also winning National Coach of the Year by the Associated Press in 1991 and Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1992. Ayers spent six years as an assistant coach at OSU, two years at the U.S. Military Academy and two years as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Miami University (Ohio).