Trail Blazers Coaching Staff
Terry Stotts enters his ninth season as Head Coach of the Portland Trail Blazers in 2020-21 after guiding his team to a seventh consecutive trip to the postseason in 2019-20. A 26-year coaching veteran, Portland introduced Stotts as the franchise’s 14th head coach on August 7, 2012.
Stotts is the second-winningest coach in franchise history after Jack Ramsay, and the first Trail Blazers head coach to reach the playoffs in seven consecutive seasons.
Portland’s 115-87 victory over the Knicks on Dec. 10, 2019 marked the 450th career victory for Stotts, who ranks 36th on the NBA’s all-time coaching wins list with 475 career victories. With a 115-109 victory over Miami on Feb. 9, 2020 he joined Ramsay (453 wins) as the second coach in franchise history to reach 350 wins. The fourth-longest tenured head coach in the NBA, Stotts is one of five active coaches that have won 350 games with their current team.
In the 2018-19 season, Stotts led Portland to the team’s first trip to the Western Conference Finals in 19 years with series wins over Oklahoma City and Denver. Portland compiled a 53-29 record and finished third in the Western Conference for the second consecutive season. It was the 14th 50-win season for the Trail Blazers, and the third with Stotts at the helm.
He was named the Western Conference Coach of the Month in February of 2019 and won a coach of the month award in each of the six seasons from 2013-14 to 2018-19, making him the only coach to win the award in six straight seasons since its inception in 1982-83.
In 2017-18, Portland finished with a 49-33 record, a Northwest Division championship and a fifth consecutive trip to the playoffs as the third seed in the Western Conference and the second-youngest roster in the NBA.
With the youngest roster in the league in 2016-17, the Trail Blazers finished with an NBA-best 17-6 record over the last two months of last season to book a fourth consecutive playoff berth for the first time since 2000-03. Stotts became the third Trail Blazers coach to make the postseason in four of his first five seasons with the team, joining Ramsay and Rick Adelman.
The Trail Blazers advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals for the second time in three seasons in 2015-16 after defeating the LA Clippers in the first round, despite not returning four of five starters from the previous year and possessing the third-youngest roster in the league.
In 2014-15, Stotts guided Portland to a 51-31 record and its first outright division title since 1998-99, counting back-to-back 50-win seasons for just the fifth time in franchise history. Stotts led the Trail Blazers to a 54-win season in 2013-14, marking the largest improvement in franchise history and the sixth-best record all-time. Portland won its first playoff series in 14 seasons, defeating the Houston Rockets in six games and setting up a Western Conference Semifinal matchup with the San Antonio Spurs.
Prior to coming to Portland, Stotts served as an assistant coach with Dallas for four seasons from 2008-12. Under head coach Rick Carlisle, he helped lead the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA Championship, playoff berths in each of his four seasons and a 198-114 (.635) overall record. Stotts has twice before served as an NBA head coach, with two-year stints in both Milwaukee (2005-07) and Atlanta (2002-04). During his two seasons with Milwaukee, Stotts guided the Bucks to a 63-83 (.432) mark, including a playoff appearance in 2006. Stotts replaced Lon Kruger as head coach of the Hawks on Dec. 26, 2002 and accumulated a record of 52-85 (.380) in two seasons with Atlanta.
In between head coaching positions, Stotts worked as the lead assistant to Mike Montgomery at Golden State during the 2004-05 season.
Before becoming a head coach, Stotts served as an assistant under George Karl for 10 years, six with Seattle and four with Milwaukee. Those teams finished each season with a .500 record or better and reached the postseason in nine of 10 seasons. While in Seattle, the Sonics posted a 357-135 (.726) record, captured four Pacific Division titles, reached the Western Conference Finals twice and appeared in the 1996 NBA Finals. In four seasons as lead assistant in Milwaukee, Stotts helped the Bucks amass a 163-133 (.551) mark, highlighted by a Central Division Championship and a berth in the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals.
Stotts was selected by Houston in the second round of the 1980 NBA Draft, and played professionally in Italy and then with the CBA’s Montana Golden Nuggets, coached by Karl. He returned to Europe in 1983, playing in Spain and France before joining Karl’s coaching staff with the CBA’s Albany Patroons in 1990-91. During his first year on a professional coaching staff, he helped lead the Patroons to an all-time CBA-best 50-6 record. Stotts was an assistant coach for the CBA’s Fort Wayne Fury for one season before joining the Sonics as a scout.
A four-year starter at the University of Oklahoma, Stotts earned All Big Eight honors as a senior and was named Academic All-America in each of his final two collegiate seasons. He was named Oklahoma’s outstanding senior student-athlete and was one of three individuals chosen nationally to receive an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. He earned a BS in Zoology and, in 1988, earned an MBA from his alma mater. Born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Stotts grew up in Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Guam and finished high school in Bloomington, Indiana. On Dec. 3, 2019, it was announced that Stotts will be a part of the 2020 Men’s Induction Class to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Stotts was a 1976 Indiana All-Star and all-state selection after averaging 24.4 points and 13.6 rebounds as a senior at Bloomington North. Stotts and his wife, Jan, have a Coton de Tulear dog, Bisou.
Associate Head Coach
Nate Tibbetts completed his first season as Associate Head Coach in 2019-20 after serving the previous six seasons as an assistant coach for Portland. Tibbetts was as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2011-13 before joining the Trail Blazers. Prior to his tenure with the Cavs, Tibbetts served as head coach of the NBA Development League’s Tulsa 66ers for two seasons. He guided the Oklahoma City Thunder’s D-League affiliate to a 64-41 (.610) record and two trips to the playoffs during his time there. Tibbetts was selected to lead the West Team in the 2011 D-League All-Star Game after guiding Tulsa to a conference-best 24-10 record heading into the break. He was also selected to be the United States head coach in the 2011 Pan American Games, where he led the group of D-League players to a bronze medal, USA’s first medal since 1999. Tibbetts was a member of the D-League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce coaching staff for four seasons from 2005-09 and was promoted to head coach after his first two campaigns. A former University of South Dakota standout who ranks second all-time in career assists (678) and steals (215) at the school, he was an assistant coach at the University of Sioux Falls from 2001-05. Tibbetts and his wife, Lyndsey, reside in Portland with their daughters Jordyn and Londyn.
Dale Osbourne finished his eighth season as an assistant coach with the Trail Blazers in 2019-20, after previously serving as head coach of the Tulsa 66ers, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s NBA Development League team. Catching the eye of USA Basketball, the organization selected him as an assistant coach for the 2011 Pan American Games, where the United States medaled for the first time since 1999. Osbourne spent parts of three seasons as an assistant in Tulsa before being promoted to head coach in December 2011. He has also been an assistant with the D-League’s Utah Flash and Austin Toros, in addition to coaching tenures in the WNBA, CBA and USBL. In seven years as an assistant at the University of South Alabama, Osbourne helped guide his alma mater to a pair of Sun Belt Conference titles.
John McCullough completed his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Trail Blazers in 2019-20 after spending the previous four seasons as the team’s advance scout. Prior to the Trail Blazers, he was the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Oklahoma Baptist University, leading the Lady Bison to 10 NAIA National Tournament appearances, including the 2009 NAIA Semifinals. The Big 8 Player of the Year in 1979, the former University of Oklahoma All-American was drafted by the Kansas City Kings in the 1979 NBA Draft. He went on to play professionally for seven years with the Phoenix Suns, Billings Volcanoes and Ohio Mixers (CBA), Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez (France) and the Las Vegas Silver Streaks (WBL). John and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Portland and have a son, Stephen, who is married to Michelle with a son, Gavin (2).
Jim Moran enters his sixth season with the Trail Blazers in 2020-21, having spent the last four as an assistant coach after spending one season as an associated video coordinator. A player development coach for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League in 2013, Moran played his entire professional career for CB Gran Canaria in the Spanish ACB League from 2001-11. He is the only player in team history to have his number retired by Gran Canaria, finishing his career with 2,060 points, 802 rebounds and 321 assists. Moran played collegiately at William & Mary, where he was twice named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association Team his junior and senior seasons. A native of Syosset, New York, Moran played for the Irish Men’s National Team from 2001-06. Moran and his wife, Rosalyn, reside in Tualatin with their son and daughter.
Jannero Pargo enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Trail Blazers in 2020-21. Prior to coming to Portland, Pargo most recently served as an assistant coach for two seasons with the Windy City Bulls, the G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls. An NBA veteran who played for the L.A. Lakers, Raptors, Bulls, Knicks, Knicks, Hornets, Hawks, Wizards and Bobcats over 11 seasons, Pargo holds career NBA averages of 6.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists over 499 games from 2002-15. The Chicago native transitioned to coaching with Windy City after ending his playing career in 2017 with the G League’s Oklahoma City Blue. Pargo played collegiately for Arkansas, and internationally for Dynamo Moscow (2008-09) in Russia and Olympiacos (2009) in Greece.