Chauncey Billups was hired as the 15th head coach in Trail Blazers history on June 27, 2021. The 2021-22 campaign will mark his first season as a head coach in the NBA.
Billups joined the Trail Blazers after spending the 2020-21 season as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers. As a part of head coach Tyronn Lue’s staff, Billups helped coach the Clippers to a regular season record of 47-25 (.653) and a trip to the Western Conference Finals.
A proven leader as both a coach and a player, Billups had a 17-year playing career for Boston, Toronto, Denver, Minnesota, Detroit, New York and the Clippers. In 2004 he was named the NBA Finals MVP after leading Detroit to an NBA Championship. A five-time All-Star, Billups was named All-NBA Second Team in 2006 and All-NBA Third Team in 2007 and 2009. He also received NBA All-Defensive Second Team honors in 2005 and 2006. In addition to his playing accolades, Billups was awarded the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2008, the NBA Sportsmanship Award in 2009, and the inaugural Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award in 2013. Billups’ No. 1 jersey was retired by the Pistons in 2016. For his career, Billups averaged 15.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 1,043 games.
After retiring as a player following the 2013-14 season, Billups worked as a studio analyst and game analyst for ESPN. During the 2019-20 season, Billups served as the game analyst for Los Angeles Clippers broadcasts on FOX Sports Prime Ticket.
Billups is a native of Denver, Colorado and attended the University of Colorado (1995-97) where he was a consensus second-team All-American in his second season. He and his wife Piper have three daughters.
The 2021-22 season marks the first for Scott Brooks as an assistant coach for the Trail Blazers. Brooks joins the team after serving as the head coach of the Washington Wizards for the last five seasons. In 12 seasons as a head coach with Oklahoma City (2008-15) and Washington (2016-21), Brooks has a career record of 521-414 (.557). The 2010 NBA Coach of the Year, Brooks has led his teams to eight playoff berths, including a trip to the NBA Finals in 2012 and Western Conference Finals appearances in 2011 and 2014. He has four 50-win seasons to his credit, including a 60-22 mark with the Thunder during the 2012-13 season. Before becoming a head coach, Brooks worked as an assistant coach with Seattle/Oklahoma City (2007-08), Sacramento (2006-07) and Denver (2003-06). A native of Lathrop, California, Brooks played collegiately at Texas Christian University, San Joaquin Delta College and UC Irvine before embarking on a 10-year NBA career with Philadelphia, Minnesota, Houston, Dallas, New York and Cleveland. Brooks won an NBA championship in 1994 as a member of the Houston Rockets.
Roy Rogers enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Trail Blazers in 2021-22. He arrives in Portland with 13 years of experience as an NBA assistant coach. Rogers spent the 2020-21 season with the LA Clippers, where he worked alongside Chauncey Billups and helped the team reach the Western Conference Finals. Rogers spent the 2019-20 season on the Chicago bench and before that spent three seasons with Houston, which included an appearance in the Western Conference Finals in 2018. He has also worked as an assistant coach with Washington (2014-16), Brooklyn (2013-14), Detroit (2011-12), Boston (2010-11) and New Jersey (2008-10). As a player, Rogers appeared in 137 games in three NBA seasons with Vancouver, Boston, Toronto and Denver from 1996-2000. He played four seasons at Alabama from 1992-96 before being selected with the 22nd pick of the 1996 NBA Draft. Rogers and his wife, Patricia, are parents to Jasmine, Jordan, Saige and Sebastian.
Steve Hetzel joins the Trail Blazers for his first season as a Portland assistant coach in 2021-22. Hetzel spent the last seven seasons as an assistant coach under Steve Clifford, first in Charlotte (2014-18) and most recently in Orlando (2018-21). He previously was the head coach of the Canton Charge of the NBA G League during the 2013-14 season. In his lone season in Canton, Hetzel led the Charge to a 28-22 record, finishing second in the East division. Prior to Canton, Hetzel spent four seasons as a player development coach with the Detroit Pistons (2009-13). He began his NBA career in the video room, first as an assistant video coordinator with San Antonio in the 2005-06 season and then as the video coordinator for Cleveland for three seasons (2006-09). Hetzel graduated from Michigan State in 2005, where he served as a student manager for the men’s basketball team. He and his wife, Anne, are the parents to Aden, Selah and Jackie.
Edniesha Curry begins her first season as an assistant coach for the Trail Blazers in 2021-22. Curry joins the coaching staff from the University of Maine where she was an assistant coach with the men’s basketball team from 2018-21. She previously served as a player development and assistant coach for the Maine women’s basketball program from 2015-17. Curry is a graduate of the NBA Assistant Coaches’ Program where she gained experience working at the NBA Draft Combine and the NBA G League Showcase. In 2019, Curry served as a guest coach for San Antonio’s summer league team and assisted with Minnesota’s pre-draft workouts. She has also coached and done player development work internationally in Vietnam, China, Israel and Palestine. As a player, Curry played in the WNBA for Phoenix and Los Angeles along with teams overseas in Greece, Poland, Israel and Hungary from 2002-09. Curry is a graduate of University of Oregon, where she played the final two seasons of her college career. She is the proud daughter of Edward and Bertha Curry and Jenoah Haywood-Curry and sister to Edward, Kenneth, Genoah, Shyee and Kayja.
The 2021-22 season is the first for Matt Brase as an assistant coach in Portland. Brase joins the Trail Blazers after most recently working as an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets from 2018-20. Prior to that, he spent three seasons as the head coach of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2015-18), leading Houston’s NBA G League affiliate to a 90-60 record and a Finals appearance in 2017. Brase originally joined the Rockets organization as part of the basketball operations staff in 2011-12 before serving as an assistant coach with Rio Grande in 2012-13 and as the Rockets’ Director of Player Development from 2013-15. From 2009-11, Brase was an assistant coach at Grand Canyon University. He played collegiately at Arizona from 2003-05 for his grandfather, Lute Olson. After graduating, Brase joined the Arizona staff as an administrative assistant and video coordinator for two seasons before being promoted to assistant coach for the 2008-09 campaign.
Rodney Billups joined the Trail Blazers as an assistant coach midway through the 2021-22 campaign after starting the season as a scout for the Milwaukee Bucks. Prior to his time in Milwaukee, Billups served as the head coach for his alma mater, University of Denver, from 2016-2021. He began his coaching career at the University of Colorado Boulder, serving as an assistant coach from 2012-16 after holding the title of Director of Basketball Operations from 2010-12. Billups’ playing career at DU was highlighted by an All-SBC third team selection in 2004-05, the same season he helped the Pioneers win 20 games and a National Invitation Tournament berth. He was also named co-recipient of the Floyd M. Theard Jr. Memorial Award in 2004-05. The award is presented each year to the DU men’s basketball player who best displays the qualities of leadership, scholarship and sportsmanship. Following his collegiate playing career, Billups played professionally with BK Riga of the Latvian Basketball League and Kouvot of the Finnish Korisliiga. The Colorado native joins his brother, head coach Chauncey Billups, on the Trail Blazers coaching staff.