College - North Carolina
Dave Hanners begins his third season with the Pelicans as an assistant coach after spending the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons on the Charlotte Bobcats bench, as well as the first part of last 2010-11 season.
In New Orleans, Hanners reunited with lead assistant coach Randy Ayers, with whom he coached alongside as a fellow assistant for three years between 2000-03 with the Philadelphia 76ers under Head Coach Larry Brown. The 2002-03 76ers squad featured Pelicans Head Coach Monty Williams playing his final professional season as well.
Hanners’ time in Charlotte marked the fourth time he served as an assistant for Brown. In addition to Charlotte and Philadelphia (2000-03), Hanners was also on Brown’s staff with the Detroit Pistons (2003-05) and New York Knicks (2005-06). Hanners, who spent the three seasons prior to his stint with the Bobcats on the Knicks bench, was an assistant coach for Detroit’s 2003-04 NBA Championship team, as well as the 2000-01 76ers and 2004-05 Pistons teams that won Eastern Conference titles. He also served as video coordinator and advance scout for the 2004 U.S. Olympic team that won a Bronze Medal in Athens and was an assistant coach for the East squad at NBA All-Star 2001 in Washington.
Prior to his NBA career, Hanners spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina. During Hanners’ tenure under Hall of Fame Coach Dean Smith and Bill Guthridge from 1989-2000, the Tar Heels won the 1993 NCAA Championship and four ACC titles, while appearing in six Final Fours.
Hanners played guard at UNC under Smith from 1972-76. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for the Tar Heels from 1976-78, then spent three seasons as an assistant coach at UNC-Wilmington, two seasons at Furman and four seasons at East Tennessee State before returning to UNC in 1989 as an assistant coach. Hanners also served as head coach of UNC’s junior varsity team three different times – 1976-78, 1994-96 and 1999-2000.