West & Brase added to Vipers Coaching Staff



September 27, 2012

MCALLEN, Texas – The NBA Development League Rio Grande Valley Vipers today announced the addition of Doug West and Matt Brase to the coaching staff.

West joins the staff from Villanova University, where he served as an assistant from 2007-2010 and during the 2011-12 season. During his time with the Wildcats, Villanova won 77 games, including seven NCAA Tournament wins.

Prior to his coaching career, West tallied 2,037 points from 1985-89 to claim the fourth spot on the school’s all-time scoring list. In 1988, West helped his Wildcat team advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament and was named to the all-Southwest Regional team for his contributions. In 1996, West was inducted into the Philadelphia Big Five Hall of Fame for his efforts as a student-athlete at Villanova. West graduated from Villanova with a degree in communications.

The Minnesota Timberwolves selected West in the second round of the NBA Draft in 1989. West played eight seasons with the Timberwolves, averaging a career-best 19.3 ppg in 1993 and remains ranked third on the team's all-time list for points (6,216), field goals made (2,530), games played (609) and minutes played (15,603). He was traded to the Vancouver Grizzlies after the 1998 season. West retired from the Grizzlies in 2001.

Following his professional career, West served as the boys' varsity and junior varsity assistant coach at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg, Pa. from 2001-2004. In 2004, he became athletics director and strength and conditioning coordinator at Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy in Wheeling, W. Va. Prior to his stints at Villanova, West served as an assistant women's basketball coach at Duquesne University for the 2006-07 season.

Brase joins the Vipers coaching staff after spending the last season as a member of the Houston Rockets basketball operations staff, where he focused on player personnel, scouting college and international players as well as current NBA players.

Brase was a member of the 2003-04 and 2004-05 Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball squads, where he played for his grandfather, Lute Olson. In his two seasons, the Wildcats went 50-17 overall and 26-10 in the Pac-10 Conference, reaching the NCAA tournament Elite Eight in 2005. Brase played two seasons at Central Arizona College in Coolidge before transferring to Arizona. Brase earned a degree in business management from Arizona. Following graduation, Brase spent two seasons as the Wildcats’ the program’s administrative assistant and video coordinator, then served as an assistant for the 2008-09 season.

After his collegiate playing career, Brase joined Grand Canyon University as an assistant coach in 2009-2011. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration with a focus on leadership.

West and Brase replace former Vipers assistants Mike Taylor and Jai Steadman. Taylor was recently named the head coach of the Maine Red Claws. Steadman joined the coaching staff of Bellevue University.

The Vipers’ 2012-13 season tips off with back-to-back home games Nov. 23 and 24 against the Bakersfield Jam as State Farm Arena. For tickets or more information about the upcoming season, call the Vipers at 956-972-1144 or visit www.rgvipers.com.

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league. Featuring 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the NBA D-League is a proven developer of talent: 23 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season boasted NBA D-League experience, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 10th season, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA FUTURECAST, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.