Paul Mokeski - Associate Head Coach
Paul Mokeski enters his first season as Associate Head Coach of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Mokeski previously served as an assistant coach with the Vipers from 2009-11, and helped guide the Vipers to back-to-back NBA D-League Finals and one NBA D-League Championship in 2010. During his tenure in the NBA D-League as a head and assistant coach, Mokeski has aided in the development of 14 players to earn more than 20 GATORADE Call-Ups. He re-joins the Vipers having spent the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons as the head coach of the Reno Bighorns, where he compiled a 34-54 record.
A native of Spokane, Washington, Mokeski played college basketball at the University of Kansas before playing in the NBA. The Houston Rockets selected Mokeski with the 42nd overall pick (second round, 20th pick) in the 1979 NBA Draft. Mokeski played in 12 games for the Rockets during the 1979-80 season before moving onto Detroit, Cleveland, Milwaukee and Golden State during an 12-year career that saw him make the playoffs in each of his last nine seasons, advancing as far as the Eastern Conference.
At the collegiate level, Mokeski spent one season each as an assistant coach at Stony Brook and USC. In the professional ranks, Mokeski has coached in Continental Basketball Association and American Basketball Association. Mokeski served as an advance scout and player development coach for the Dallas Mavericks from 2001-06, and helped guide the Mavs to the 2006 NBA Finals. He then became an assistant coach for the NBA D-League Fort Worth Flyers for the 2006-07 season. Mokeski spent the 2007-08 season as an assistant coach for the Charlotte Bobcats before returning to the D-League as an assistant coach for the Anaheim Arsenal during the 2008-09 season.
Internationally, Mokeski served as an assistant coach with the Great Britain national team under former Vipers head coach and current Houston Rockets assistant Chris Finch. During this time, the Great Britain national team competed at the 2012 London Olympics, and Mokeski served as the head coach of the Great Britain Futures team. Mokeski also spent two years as an assistant coach with the Jamaican national team.
Mokeski has been married to his wife, Linda, for 33 years. They have two sons Michael 28 and Bryan 26.