Billy Donovan | Head Coach
Billy Donovan is set to begin his first season as head coach of the Thunder after joining the organization on April 30, 2015. Donovan becomes the third head coach in Thunder history after enjoying an incredibly successful college coaching career that spanned more than two decades.
During the past 19 years as head coach at the University of Florida, Donovan led the Gators to two National Championships and four trips to the Final Four while amassing a record of 467-186 (.715). This past season, Donovan became the second youngest coach in NCAA history (Bob Knight) to claim 500 wins.
During his tenure at Florida, Donovan led the program to 16 straight 20-win seasons, three 30-win seasons, 17 consecutive trips to the postseason and six SEC Championships. Under Donovan, Florida advanced to the Elite Eight in six of the past 10 seasons.
Donovan concluded his time at Florida with the second most wins for a SEC program (467) in the history of the conference. Additionally, his 35 NCAA tournament wins rank as the most all-time among SEC coaches. Donovan’s win total is more than twice that of any other coach in Florida history.
After winning back-to-back national championships (2006 and 2007), Donovan led Florida to 18 straight postseason wins, the longest run for any program since John Wooden led UCLA to 28 straight postseason wins.
Donovan has been the recipient of numerous collegiate coaching awards including ESPN.com’s National Coach of the Year (2001), the Wooden Award’s “Legends of Coaching” Honor (2010) and SEC Coach of the Year (2011, 2013, 2014).
In addition to his responsibilities at Florida, Donovan has served as head coach of USA Basketball’s U18 and U19 National Teams in each of the past three summers. As a head coach with USAB, Donovan’s teams have captured three gold medals while going a perfect 19-0 during national team competition. Prior to leading the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Team to the gold medal last summer in Colorado Springs, CO, Donovan guided the 2013 USA U19 World Championship Team to a perfect 9-0 record and the gold medal in Prague, Czech Republic, and the 2012 USA U18 National Team to a 5-0 slate and gold in Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, Brazil.
Donovan’s coaching experience dates back to the 1989-90 season where he served as a graduate assistant coach at Kentucky. After five years with the Wildcats, Donovan was hired as head coach at Marshall, where he spent two years before leaving for Florida.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Donovan enjoyed a four-year playing career at Providence where he helped lead the Friars to their best season in school history and a trip to the Final Four in 1987. In addition, Donovan appeared in 44 games as a member of the New York Knicks during the 1987-88 season.
Rex Kalamian | Assistant Coach
With two decades of NBA experience on his side, Rex Kalamian is set to begin his sixth season with the Thunder and his second as Scott Brooks’ lead assistant. Prior to arriving in Oklahoma City, Kalamian had previous coaching tenures with the Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Clippers.
During July of 2013, Kalamian served as head coach of the Thunder’s summer league team in Orlando where he guided the squad to a perfect 5-0 record en route to becoming Summer League Champions.
As an assistant with the Thunder, Kalamian is chiefly responsible for game preparation and player development.
Prior to joining the Thunder’s bench, Kalamian spent two years as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings after a two year stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Before his time in Minnesota, Kalamian spent one season with the Denver Nuggets where he worked as an assistant coach/player development. Kalamian served previously as a West Coast scout for the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2003-04 season before assuming his coaching duties in Denver.
Kalamian’s NBA career began with the Los Angeles Clippers where he spent nine years serving the organization in various capacities. After starting as an assistant to the scouting department in 1992, Kalamian was later promoted to assistant coach by Bill Fitch in 1995.
Prior to joining the Clippers, Kalamian worked as an assistant coach for his former school, East Los Angeles College for two seasons. While in college, Kalamian was named team captain at East Los Angeles where he led the South Coast Conference in three point shooting accuracy during the 1988-89 season.
A graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, Kalamian earned a bachelor’s degree in business management.
Mark Bryant | Assistant Coach
Mark Bryant enters his eighth season as a Thunder assistant coach in 2014-15. During July of 2012, Bryant served as Head Coach of the Thunder’s summer league team.
Prior to joining the Thunder’s coaching staff, Bryant served as assistant coach/player development with the Orlando Magic from 2005-07.
Before his time in Orlando, Bryant spent the 2004-05 season with the Dallas Mavericks as a member of its player development staff.
Bryant enjoyed a 15-year playing career as the New Jersey native was a member of 10 different teams during his NBA playing tenure (1988-2003). Originally selected by Portland in the first round (21st pick overall) of the 1988 NBA Draft, Bryant helped the Blazers reach the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992. He 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 mpg. Bryant also appeared in 79 career playoff games, averaging 3.5 ppg and 2.5 rpg in 12.2 mpg.
Bryant was a First Team All-Big East selection as a senior at Seton Hall in 1987-88, averaging 20.5 ppg and 9.1 rpg for the Pirates. The 6-9 forward led the school to its first-ever berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Robert Pack | Assistant Coach
Robert Pack enters his second season on the Thunder’s bench after previously serving as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers for each of the three prior seasons.
Pack’s NBA coaching experience dates back to 2009 when he served as an assistant coach with the New Orleans Hornets.
After going undrafted out of the University of Southern California, Pack enjoyed a 13-year NBA playing career in which he averaged 8.9 points, 4.6 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 552 career games with the Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves and the New Orleans Hornets.
Nicknamed “Pac-Man”, Pack was a member of the 1991-92 Portland team that advanced to the NBA Finals and was a member of the 1993-94 Denver Nuggets’ squad that made NBA history as the first No. 8 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
Pack was the runner-up in the 1994 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest in Minneapolis. Upon the conclusion of his NBA playing career, Pack played overseas in Lithuania and Spain from 2004-2006 before pursuing a career in coaching.
A onetime college standout at USC, Pack finished his college career ranking fourth on the Trojans all-time assists list (319) in just two seasons, while becoming the fourth player in school history to record back-to-back 100 assist seasons. In two years at Southern California, he averaged 13.4 points and 5.6 assists per game.
Mike Terpstra | Assistant Coach
Mike Terpstra is set to begin his second season as an assistant coach with the Thunder. Terpstra brings over 20 years of experience to Oklahoma City after working in various capacities at the college, junior college and high school levels, with additional experience in the NBA Development League and the CBA.
Terpstra’s experience in the CBA came as an assistant coach/director of player development under former NBA veteran Joe Wolf with the Idaho Stampede during the 2005-06 season. The following season, Terpstra worked on a part-time basis with the coaching staff of the Colorado 14ers who would go on to win the Western Division championship before falling to the Dakota Wizards in the D-League championship.
Prior to his time with the Stampede and 14ers, Terpstra served as head coach at his alma mater, Northwest Nazarene University, in Nampa, Idaho during the 2004-05 season. While there, Terpstra accumulated a 17-10 record, which was the best record in school history at the Division II level. Terpstra also served as the head coach of California State Stanislaus from 2000-03, where he led the Warriors to a 41-39 record over his three year stint in Turlock. During a three-year stint as the head coach of Modesto Junior College from 1997-00, Terpstra compiled a 60-36 record, including a school record 27 wins during the 1999-00 season.
Before earning his Masters Degree in Sports Science from the University of Pacific in May 1996, Terpstra was responsible for the development of the team’s big men as an assistant coach for the Tigers men’s basketball program form 1994-95. Terpstra started his coaching career with Ripon Christian High School, where he won three California state championships, two has a head coach (1992, 1994) and one as an assistant (1988).
Following his college playing career at Northwest Nazarene where he was team MVP in his junior and senior seasons, Terpstra played professionally in Turkey and England.
Darko Rajakovic | Assistant Coach
Darko Rajakovic (RYE-ahk-oe-vich) enters his third season with the Oklahoma City Thunder organization and first as assistant coach. A Serbian native, Rajakovic spent the past two seasons as head coach of the Tulsa 66ers and was the first head coach born outside of North America in NBA D-League history. The 35-year-old boasts a diverse coaching background with an emphasis in player development.
Rajakovic holds a career NBA D-League record of 51-49. During his two seasons with the 66ers, Tulsa has been assigned seven players from Oklahoma City a total of 50 times (the most in the league during that stretch).
Rajakovic has also seen five of his 66ers players receive NBA GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA, including four to the Thunder (Grant Jerrett, Daniel Orton, Mustafa Shakur and Reggie Williams). He coached 11 Tulsa players over the past two years who were on an NBA roster in the 2013-14 season.
Prior to joining the 66ers, Rajakovic had spent the previous three years as the head coach of Espacio Torrelodones of the Spanish EBA League.
Rajakovic began his coaching career at 16 years old with BC Borac Cacak in Cacak, Serbia where he coached the club to two national tournaments.
Rajakovic received a basketball coaching degree from the Belgrade Basketball Academy in 2004 and a degree in sports management from BK University in Belgrade in 2006. Rajakovic speaks
Vin Bhavnani | Manager of Advance Scouting/Player Development
Vin Bhavnani enters his sixth season with Oklahoma City and his fourth as Manager of Advance Scouting. Bhavnani spent the previous two years serving as the team’s Video Coordinator. Prior to joining the Thunder, Bhavnani spent two seasons with the San Antonio Spurs as the Assistant Video Coordinator. He started his NBA career with the Los Angeles Clippers as an intern in the video department in 2004.
Prior to joining the Clippers, Bhavnani spent one season as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at Santa Monica Junior College. The Los Angeles, California, native is a 2003 graduate of the University of Southern California.
Dr. Donnie Strack | Director of Medical Services
Dr. Strack begins his sixth season in Oklahoma City as the Director of Medical Services. From 2005-2008, Dr. Strack was in private practice as a physical therapist at Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Services in Wellesley Hills, Mass. Dr. Strack graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Indianapolis in 2005 after serving as a Graduate Assistant athletic trainer for the Indiana Pacers from 2002-2005.
He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Indianapolis in 2002 and was awarded the Athletic Training Department Performance Award that same year. Dr. Strack also served as an athletic trainer during the 2002 World Basketball Championships in Indianapolis and the RCA Tennis Championships in 2001 and 2002.
In 2010, Dr. Strack completed his post doctorate fellowship in manual therapy from Regis University. He is board certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). In addition to being a licensed physical therapist and athletic trainer, he is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist.
Joe Sharpe | Head Athletic Trainer
Joe Sharpe enters his sixth season with the organization, serving as head athletic trainer. Before joining the Thunder, Sharpe spent four seasons as head athletic trainer for the Charlotte Bobcats. Prior to Charlotte, Sharpe was the head strength and conditioning coach/assistant athletic trainer with the Minnesota Timberwolves for two seasons, which included the team’s Midwest Division title and run to the Western Conference Finals.
Sharpe was previously the head basketball athletic trainer at the University of Connecticut during a nine-year stint with the Huskies that included its 1999 NCAA Championship season. He worked as part of the United States Olympic Committee medical staff at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center in 2002, and traveled to Thailand in 2007 for The University World Games.
During the summers of 2010 and 2012, Sharpe served as the Athletic Trainer for the USA Men’s National team as they competed in the FIBA World Championships in Turkey and the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. He previously worked with the USA Basketball men’s junior national team in 2002 and 2008, and the men’s senior national team in 2009. Sharpe also participated in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders camp held in Johanneburg, South Africa in 2007.
Joe and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Joseph and Jayme.
Dwight Daub | Director of Athletic Performance
Dwight Daub enters his 17th season with the Thunder and his 14th as Director of Athletic Performance. During his first three seasons with the team, he held the title of strength and conditioning coach.
Daub is responsible for the development and implementation of strength, conditioning and nutritional programs for all Thunder players. Daub helps each player establish a personalized diet and training regimen and assists them with injury rehabilitation. He also arranges offseason training programs and monitors each player’s physical progress between seasons.
Following the 2008-09 NBA season, Daub was named co-recipient of the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year award presented by the NBASCA (National Basketball Association Strength and Conditioning Association).
A 1979 graduate of the University of Evansville (Ind.) with a degree in physical education, Daub also received his master’s degree in exercise sports science from Eastern Illinois in 1985.
Dwight and his wife, Laurie, have a son Bryce and a daughter Gentrie who along with her husband Aaron are the parents of Daub’s first grandchild, Peyton.