Magic Complete Coaching Staff
Randy Wittman, Mark Bryant and Morlon Wiley round out Orlando’s bench
July 5, 2005
Orlando, FL – The Orlando Magic have named Randy Wittman assistant coach, while adding Mark Bryant and Morlon Wiley as assistant coaches/player development, President/CEO Bob Vander Weide announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deals are not disclosed. The trio completes Orlando’s coaching staff, joining Randy Ayers and Tom Sterner on the Magic bench.
A 14-year NBA coaching veteran, Wittman comes to Orlando after spending the last four seasons (2001-02 – 2004-05) as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He spent a total of nine seasons with Minnesota, also serving as an assistant coach from 1994-95 to 1998-99. Wittman served as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers for two seasons, compiling a 62-102 record (.378) from 1999-2001. Prior to his first stint in Minnesota, he spent one season each as an assistant coach with Indiana (1992-93) and Dallas (1993-94).
Originally selected in the first round (22nd overall) by Washington in the 1983 NBA Draft, Wittman played nine seasons in the NBA. He appeared in 543 career regular season games with Atlanta, Sacramento and Indiana, averaging 7.4 ppg., 2.2 apg. and 1.4 rpg. in 21.4 minpg., while shooting .501 from the field.
Wittman was a two-time academic All-American while at Indiana University. He helped the Hoosiers capture the 1981 NCAA Championship and was named co-Big Ten Player of the Year as a senior in 1983. Wittman was inducted into the IU Hall of Fame in 1995 and was named to Indiana’s Silver Anniversary Basketball Team in March of 1996.
Bryant spent the 2004-05 season with Dallas as a member of its player development staff. He spent 15 seasons as a player in the NBA with 10 different teams from 1988-2003. Bryant appeared in 797 regular season games during his NBA career with Portland, Houston, Phoenix, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, San Antonio, Philadelphia, Denver and Boston, averaging 5.4 ppg. and 3.8 rpg. in 16.9 minpg. He also appeared in 79 career playoff games, averaging 3.5 ppg. and 2.5 rpg. in 12.2 minpg.
Originally selected by Portland in the first round (21st overall) of the 1988 NBA Draft, Bryant helped the Blazers reach the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992. The 6-9 forward averaged 20.5 ppg. and 9.1 rpg. as a senior (1987-88). He was a First Team All-Big East selection that season and led Seton Hall to its first-ever berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Wiley returns for his second season on the Magic bench. He was originally named assistant coach for the Magic on August 12, 2004. He spent the previous four seasons (2000-04) with Dallas as part of the player development staff in the Mavericks’ basketball operations department. Wiley played in 295 regular season games during his NBA career with Dallas, Orlando, San Antonio, Atlanta, Miami and Houston, averaging 3.7 ppg., 2.4 apg. and 1.2 rpg. in 13.0 minpg.
Wiley was a member of the inaugural Magic squad back in 1989-90 and was the first player ever signed by Orlando on June 29, 1989. He appeared in 83 total games with the Magic (1989-91), averaging 4.4 ppg. and 2.4 apg.