LA D-Fenders Name Bob MacKinnon as Head Coach
EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles D-Fenders have named Bob MacKinnon as head coach, it was announced today by team President/CEO Joey Buss and General Manager Glenn Carraro.
MacKinnon becomes the sixth head coach in D-Fenders history, bringing more than 30 years of coaching and scouting experience at the professional and collegiate levels to Los Angeles. Most recently, MacKinnon spent two seasons at the helm of the Springfield Armor, helping five players earn NBA Call-Ups and developing three Nets assignees.
"We are excited to announce Bob MacKinnon as the next head coach of the D-Fenders," said Buss. "Bob brings a successful coaching background to our franchise, winning at multiple levels and developing countless players at different stages of their careers. Most importantly, Bob shares our vision of cultivating prospects who can deliver quality minutes for the Lakers and the NBA while also contending for an NBA Development League championship.”
Prior to joining the Armor, MacKinnon served as head coach for two years in the NBA D-League, first helping the Colorado 14ers post a 34-16 regular season record and a 4-0 postseason record en route to a championship in 2008-09. Subsequently, MacKinnon moved on to lead the Idaho Stampede in 2009-10. An experienced developer of NBA talent, MacKinnon has helped direct nine different players to NBA Call-Ups (12 total Call-Ups) and foster seven players on assignment in the NBA D-League. Before taking over with the Armor, MacKinnon acted as the head coach and a consultant for the TianJin Rongcheng Gold Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association in 2011-12.
"Having coached numerous NBA-caliber players, Bob is an excellent fit for our team as we strive to develop talent for the Lakers and the NBA," said Carraro. "In four seasons in the NBA D-League, Bob has proven to have an understanding of the balance necessary to prepare players for the next level and win games. Our developmental system will benefit from having Bob work closely with our prospects."
A long-time collegiate coach and professional scout, MacKinnon has worked as an assistant at King’s College (1982); Mercyhurst College (1982-85); George Washington University (1985-90); Notre Dame (1999-2000); and the University of North Carolina (2000-03). In 1997, MacKinnon secured his first head coaching job at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, leading the Mariners to consecutive NCAA tournament bids and winning the Skyline Conference Coach of the Year award (1999). Additionally, MacKinnon acted as an associate head coach at Niagara University (1990-97) and as a senior assistant coach at Marshall University (2003-07). He later spent time as the director of camps/regional scout for the Lakers (2005-08).
MacKinnon and his wife Suzanne reside in Chapel Hill, NC in the offseason. They have four sons, Bobby Jr. (20), Matthew (17), Brendan (12) and Ryan (8).