PHILADELPHIA — APRIL 27, 2018 — 76ers Gaming Club (GC), a Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) property, announced today that Jeff Terrell has been named the team’s first-ever head coach. Terrell will oversee the team’s player management, practice schedule and day-to-day performance.
“We are excited to name Jeff Terrell as the head coach of 76ers Gaming Club,” 76ers GC General Manager Michael Lai said. “Jeff stood out to us immediately, having both an intimate knowledge of the competitive NBA 2K scene and extensive experience coaching traditional basketball. Beyond his experience, Jeff demonstrated a thoughtful approach to the game that will put our players in a position to succeed. We are delighted to have him as our coach, and I look forward to working with him toward our goal of winning a championship.”
Terrell, a former college point guard at Roane State and Murray State, joins 76ers GC after coaching basketball for the past three years at the youth, high school and AAU levels. He most recently served as an assistant coach at Hennessey High School in Oklahoma. The Eagles finished last season with a 25-3 record, No. 4 ranking in the state and an appearance in the state tournament.
The Nashville, Tennessee native started playing NBA 2K after a car accident left him unable to exercise for eight months in 2015. Missing the sport of basketball, Terrell transitioned his game to esports as a point guard under the gamer tag “TheWhiteKite23.” On NBA 2K18's Pro-Am scene, the 28-year-old developed into one of the better point guards in NBA 2K.
“I am beyond grateful to be 76ers Gaming Club’s head coach,” Terrell said. “The chance to coach this team and see the NBA 2K League’s rise in the city of Philadelphia is something special. I look forward to combining my gaming and coaching experience and applying it to this dynamic group of players.”
Terrell is currently working to complete his degree in Business and Human Resources online at Trevecca University. He and his wife, Bailey, have a son, Paxton.
ABOUT 76ERS GAMING CLUB:
76ers Gaming Club (GC) is one of 17 esports teams competing in the NBA 2K League founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software. Based in the Greater Philadelphia region, 76ers GC draws inspiration from the history of the nation’s revolutionary city, fused with the modern esports fan and player. The team joins Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment’s dynamic portfolio of leading sports and entertainment properties around the world. For more information, go to https://NBA.2K.com/2KLeague/.
ABOUT HARRIS BLITZER SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
Founded by Josh Harris and David Blitzer, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) includes in its portfolio the Philadelphia 76ers, the New Jersey Devils, leading venue Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center, the Delaware Blue Coats, the Binghamton Devils, the Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball, renowned esports franchise Team Dignitas and NBA 2K League Team, 76ers Gaming Club (GC). Led by some of the best and brightest minds across a diverse spectrum of industries, HBSE positions itself as one of the most pioneering, innovative sports and entertainment businesses in the world. HBSE also strives to positively impact the local communities in which it operates through the powerful platform of sports. For more information, visit www.hbse.com.
ABOUT THE NBA 2K LEAGUE:
The NBA 2K League is a professional esports league co-founded by the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO). Launching in 2018, the league will feature the best NBA 2K players in the world. Each of the league’s 17 teams will draft players to compete as unique characters in 5-on-5 play against the other teams in a mix of regular-season games, tournaments and playoffs. The league hosted tryouts in early 2018, followed by a draft in April and the season tip-off in May. For more information about the NBA 2K League, visit www.NBA2KLeague.com.