2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats Coaching Staff

Links from February 16, 2011:
Video: One-on-One with Paul Silas Part 1 | Video: One-on-One with Paul Silas Part 2 | Video: Silas Press Conference Part 1 | Video: Silas Press Conference Part 2 | Gallery: Head Coach Paul Silas

Past Silas Links:
Silas Named Interim Head Coach 12/22/10 | Higgins Media Availability Transcript - 12/22/10 | Gallery: Silas Press Conference - 12/23/10 | Gallery: Silas First Practice - 12/23/10 | Silas Names Assistant Coaches - 12/26/10

Paul Silas
Head Coach

Paul Silas is in his first full season as Head Coach of the Bobcats, after having been named Interim Head Coach on December 22, 2010, and having the interim title removed on February 16, 2011. Silas has more than 10 years experience as an NBA head coach, posting a career record of 380-429 with the Clippers (1980-83), Hornets (1999-2003) and Cavaliers (2003-05) and Bobcats. Silas, who has a playoff record of 13-16, also spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach for the Hornets, Knicks, Nets and Suns.

Silas most recently served as head coach of the Cavaliers from 2003-05, posting a 69-77 record. Prior to that, he spent four-plus seasons as head coach of the Hornets. Silas, who was initially named Interim Head Coach of the Hornets on March 7, 1999, and led the team to a 22-13 record over the final 35 games of the 1998-99 season, compiled a 208-155 record. He remains the team’s all-time leader in coaching wins and ranks second in winning percentage (.573). Silas led the Hornets to the playoffs in each of his four full seasons as head coach, amassing a 13-16 record in the postseason and advancing to the second round in 2001 and 2002.

Silas also has extensive experience as an assistant coach in the NBA. He served as an assistant coach for the Nets in 1998-89, then moved to the Knicks from 1989-92. Silas returned to the Nets from 1992-95, before going to the Suns from 1995-97. Silas was an assistant for the Hornets from 1997-99 before becoming the team’s head coach.

A 16-year NBA veteran, Silas averaged 9.4 points and 9.9 rebounds in 1,254 career games for the Hawks, Suns, Celtics, Nuggets and SuperSonics. He was a two-time All-Star (1972 and 1975) and won three NBA Championships (1974 and 1976 with Boston and 1979 with Seattle). Silas currently ranks 19th on the NBA’s career rebounding list (12,357) and 20th in games played (1,254). Silas was a two-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection, winning the awards in 1975 and 1976. He was also selected to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for three consecutive seasons from 1971-73.

Silas was originally drafted by the St. Louis Hawks in the second round of the 1964 NBA Draft (12th overall). He played for the Hawks in St. Louis and Atlanta from 1964-68, before being was traded to the Phoenix Suns in 1969, where he played three seasons. In 1972, Silas was traded to the Boston Celtics, where he played four seasons (1972-76) and won two NBA Championships (1974 and 1976). Silas was traded to the Denver Nuggets before the 1976-77 season and played one season with Denver before being traded to the Seattle Supersonics. Silas finished his career in Seattle, playing three seasons for the SuperSonics and winning an NBA Championship in 1979. He signed with the San Diego Clippers after the 1979-80 season, but retired before becoming the Clippers head coach.

Silas graduated from Creighton in 1964, where he was one of only five players in NCAA history to average 20 points and 20 rebounds in a col- lege career. He led the country in rebounds in each of his three seasons and holds the NCAA record for most rebounds in a three-year career with 1,751 career rebounds. He ranks sixth all-time in total rebounds and is the only player in the top ten that did not play four seasons, also ranking third all-time in rebounding average. He owns three of the top 30 single-season rebounding totals in NCAA history, including the fifth-best single-season total of 631 rebounds in 1964.

Silas was born in Prescott, Arkansas, and played high school basketball at McClymonds High in Oakland, California. He and his wife, Carolyn, have three children, Donna, Paula and Stephen, and three grandchildren, Jonathan, Kyler Elyse and Kaelyn.

Ralph Lewis
Assistant Coach

Ralph Lewis is in his first full season as an assistant coach for the Bobcats after joining the team on December 26, 2010. Lewis brings nine years of experience as an NBA assistant coach and both a head coach and assistant coach in the NBA Development League.

Prior to joining the Bobcats, Lewis was most recently a scout for the Hornets. He has previously been an assistant coach for the Kings (1997-98) and SuperSonics/Thunder (2005-09). He served as assistant coach of the Huntsville Flight during the inaugural season of the NBA Development League in 2001-02 before becoming head coach from 2002-05. During his three seasons as head coach, the Flight compiled a 73-71 record and made consecutive playoff appearances in 2003-04 and 2004-05. The team also set franchise records for number of wins in a season with 24 in 2003-04 and 27 in 2004-05.

Before entering coaching, Lewis played basketball professionally in the NBA, CBA and internationally for 10 years. Originally drafted in the sixth round of the 1985 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, he played three years in the NBA (1987-90) with the Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets, averaging 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 99 regular-season games. During three seasons in the CBA, Lewis averaged 17.1 points and 5.4 rebounds. Lewis also spent four seasons playing internationally in France, Belgium and Canada.

A 1985 graduate of LaSalle University, Lewis averaged 15.6 points and 8.3 rebounds during his collegiate career and shot .530 from the field. A member of the school’s Hall of Athletes, Lewis was named First Team All-MAAC following the 1983-84 and 1984-85 seasons. He was also selected First Team All-Big 5 in 1983-84 and 1984-85, receiving the Geasey Award as the Big 5 Player of the Year in 1983-84. Lewis remains among LaSalle’s all-time leaders in rebounding (fourth, 966), field goal percentage (fourth, .530), blocks (fourth, 94), free throws made (fourth, 453), steals (sixth, 200), scoring (11th, 1807) and field goals made (11th, 677).

In addition to his playing and coaching experience, Lewis has worked as an executive in the social services field. He and his wife, Keami, have two children, Ralph III and Bianca.

Stephen Silas
Assistant Coach

Currently in his 11th season as an NBA assistant coach, Stephen Silas joined the Bobcats coaching staff on December 26, 2010, where he was reunited with his father, Bobcats Head Coach Paul Silas. Stephen Silas came to the Bobcats after spending the previous four and a half seasons as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors. Prior to joining the Warriors, Silas served as an advance scout for the Washington Wizards during the 2005-06 season.

Silas previously spent five seasons on his father’s staffs with the Hornets (2000-03) and Cavaliers (2003-05). At the time of his hiring as an assistant with the Hornets on June 5, 2000, he was the young- est assistant in the NBA at the age of 27. Silas originally joined the Hornets in the summer of 1999 as an advance and college scout, scouting nearly 200 NBA and college games in that role.

Silas has also served as a Summer League head coach for the Hornets (2002), Cavaliers (2003) and Warriors (2010). In addition to his work with NBA teams, Silas coached at the 2003 and 2007 NBA Pre-Draft camps and the 2011 adidas EuroCamp in Treviso, Italy.

Internationally, Silas has worked at camps and clinics across the globe to help promote the game of basketball and the NBA. In 2010, he served as coach at the Korea Development Camp in Seoul, South Korea, working in conjunction with the NBA and Korean Basketball League. He served as a coach at the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders camp in Africa in the summer of 2008, as well as in Beijing, China, during the summer of 2005. He also represented the NBA Coaches Association at the Dirk Nowitzki Basketball Academy in Berlin, Germany, in July of 2004.

The Boston native graduated from Brown University in 1996, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in sociology and management and played four seasons for the Bears basketball team. Upon graduation, Silas spent three years as the assistant executive director of the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) in Providence, Rhode Island.

Silas and his wife, Keryl, were married in 2002 and have two daughters, Kyler Elyse and Kaelyn.

Rob Werdann
Assistant Coach

Rob Werdann is in his first season as an assistant coach with the Bobcats, bringing eight seasons experience as an NBA assistant coach or scout to Charlotte. Werdann served as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors in 2010-11 after spending the previous six seasons with the New Orleans Hornets, where he served as an advance scout from 2004-2009 and as an assistant coach in 2009-10. He was also the Hornets Summer League head coach in 2009.

Werdann began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the CBA’s Yakima Sun Kings in 2000-01 before spending three seasons in the as an assistant coach for the Columbus Riverdragons of the NBA D-League from 2001-04.

Before entering coaching, Werdann played basketball professionally in the NBA, CBA and IBL for eight seasons. Originally drafted by the Denver Nuggets with the 46th overall selection in the 1992 NBA Draft, Werdann appeared in 47 NBA games over three seasons with the Nuggets and the New Jersey Nets.

He played collegiately at St. John’s University, where he remains the school’s career leader in blocked shots (181). Playing for Hall of Fame coach Lou Carnesecca, Werdann helped the school win the 1989 NIT Championship as a freshman and then made three straight trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a Big East Championship and NCAA Regional Finals appearance as a junior in 1990-91.
Werdann and his wife, Suzanne, have two sons, Jack and Max.


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