Eric Hughes begins his first season with the Brooklyn Nets after being named as an assistant coach on Jason Kidd's staff in June, 2013. Hughes joins the Nets after spending the past six seasons with the Toronto Raptors.
Originally hired by Toronto in 2007-08 as a basketball development consultant, Hughes was promoted to assistant coach/basketball development on July 1, 2009. Hughes served as the head coach for the Raptors’ entry in the Las Vegas Summer League in 2008-10. His 2010 team finished 5-0 and led the league in scoring.
Prior to his stint with the Raptors, Hughes worked as the director of summer player development for Goodwin Sports Management in Seattle for five years(2002-2007), creating workout programs and training NBA players Jamal Crawford, Kevin Durant, Al Horford, Dwight Howard, Gary Payton, Nate Robinson and Rodney Stuckey. He had also been the head coach at Spokane Community College in Spokane, Washington during that time. Hughes compiled an 88-61 (.590) mark in his five seasons, leading the Bigfoot’s to the Eastern Region championship in 2005 and 2006, and was named Eastern Region Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2006.
Hughes served as an assistant coach under Bob Bender at the University of Washington from 1993-2002, as an assistant at the University of California from 1991-93, when Jason Kidd played there and as a graduate assistant at Illinois State from 1989-91.
Hughes, a 1989 graduate of California State-Hayward, went on to receive a master's degree from Illinois State in 1991. A native of Oakland, CA, Hughes and his wife Kristin were married in 2012.