D-Fenders Announce 2012-13 Coaching Staff
EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles D-Fenders have retained Conner Henry, Phil Hubbard and Larry Lewis as assistant coaches on Reggie Theus’ staff, it was announced today. In addition, Head Athletic Trainer Nina Hsieh and Video Coordinator Will Scott have rejoined the D-Fenders for the 2012-13 season.
Henry enters into his second season with the D-Fenders after coming to the team as an assistant coach in 2011. Most recently, Henry served as an assistant on the NBA D-League Select Team at the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Prior to coaching the D-Fenders, Henry spent four seasons in the Australian National Basketball League an assistant coach for the Sydney Kings (2010-11) and as head and assistant coach (2008-09; 2006-08) for the Perth Wildcats. A Claremont, Calif. native, Henry, who played 10 seasons of professional basketball, earned his spot in the coaching ranks working for his hometown Claremont McKenna College as an assistant (2001-06). A 6’7” shooting guard out of UC Santa Barbara, Henry played two seasons in the NBA for four franchises (Houston, Boston, Milwaukee, Sacramento) along with 10 seasons in the Continental Basketball Association and Europe.
Hubbard, who brings a combined 31 years of professional basketball experience to Los Angeles, returns for his second season with the D-Fenders and third NBA D-League season overall. Most recently, Hubbard coached Caneros De La Romana of the Dominican Republic to a championship and worked as an assistant coach on the NBA D-League Select Team. Before signing with the D-Fenders, the Ohio native aided in player development for the Chinese Junior National Team and operated as an assistant for the Dongguan Leopards in China. In 2010-11, Hubbard began coaching in the D-League with Reno after working as an NBA assistant in Washington for six seasons (2003-09). While with the Wizards, Hubbard helped the team register a 197-224 record, earn their highest win total (45) in 25 years, and reach postseason for the first time since 1996-97. Assuming his role with the Wizards after spending eight total years as an assistant with Golden State (1998-2003) and Atlanta (1995-98), Hubbard also spent five years as scouting coordinator for the New York Knicks (1990-95) shortly after finishing his NBA playing career. Selected out of Michigan University with the 15th overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft, Hubbard played 10 seasons in the NBA with Cleveland and Detroit, averaging 10.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 665 career games.
Lewis, a Los Angeles native and graduate of Morehouse College, begins his second season with the D-Fenders and first as assistant coach after acting as player development coach during the 2011-12 campaign. Moreover, in his young coaching career, Lewis earned a spot as an assistant on the NBA D-League Select Team in 2012. Prior to coaching, Lewis, a 6’7” forward, played internationally in Argentina (2011), Spain (2001-2011), Japan (1996-2001), Cyprus (1996), Great Britain (1993) and the Dominican Republic (1992). Furthermore, Lewis spent a season in the United States Basketball League with Sarasota (1996), in the CBA with the Rapid City Thrillers (1994-95), and for Team USA (1995) in the Pan American Games where he won a silver medal.
Entering into her fourth season with the D-Fenders as Head Athletic Trainer, Hsieh has totaled 11 years of athletic training experience. In her role with the D-Fenders, Hsieh monitors the health of the players and is responsible for injury prevention, care and treatment. Before coming to the D-Fenders, the Huntington Beach, Calif. native functioned as athletic trainer for the UC Santa Barbara men’s soccer team (2010-11) along with the women’s basketball team (2004-08). Hsieh is a graduate from Cal State Fullerton (B.S., Kinesiology, 2000) and the Arizona School of Health Sciences (M.S., Sports Health Care, 2003).
Scott, at just 23 years old, moves into his second season as the D-Fenders video coordinator. Working as student manager at Indiana University from 2009-11 under current head coach Tom Crean, Scott acted as an assistant to the entire coaching staff on a day-to-day basis and held an array of responsibilities such as video editing, supporting practice drills and aiding with in-game operations. A graduate of Indiana, Scott has a degree in Sports Marketing and Management along with a minor in Business.
Henry, Hubbard, Lewis, Hsieh and Scott were each key figures during the D-Fenders record-breaking 2011-12 season in which the team won an NBA Development League record 38 games, earned a trip to the NBA D-League Finals, and totaled eight NBA Call-Ups en route to the Development Champion award.