PHILADELPHIA – SEPT. 5, 2023- The Philadelphia 76ers today announced the team’s coaching staff under Head Coach Nick Nurse. Bryan Gates, Bobby Jackson, Rico Hines, Matt Brase, Coby Karl, Mike Longabardi and Doug West will serve as assistant coaches.
John Corbacio (Assistant Coach/Head Video Coordinator), Fabulous Flournoy (Assistant Coach/Player Development) and Jason Love (Assistant Coach/Player Development) also join Nurse’s staff, while TJ DiLeo, Terrel Harris, Toure’ Murry and Reggie Redding will serve as player development associate coaches. Kareem Thawer is the team’s assistant video coordinator.
In addition to his duties as a 76ers assistant coach, Mike Longabardi will serve as the head coach of Philadelphia’s NBA G League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats. Delaware captured the 2022-23 G League championship and 2021 G League Showcase Cup championship under Karl, who joins the 76ers’ bench this season.
"Assembling a great staff with a rich collection of experience was paramount on my to-do list this summer," Nurse said. "I'm proud to have built many relationships in our league that have led me to feel as confident as I am in every member of this group. I can't wait to get to work as we embark on our journey toward an NBA title."
Gates enters his first season with the 76ers and his 15th in the NBA after making stops as an assistant coach in Phoenix, Minnesota, Sacramento, and New Orleans. Gates’ resume also includes back-to-back G League Coach of the Year awards in 2007 and 2008 while with the Idaho Stampede.
Jackson, following a 12-year NBA playing career, joins Nurse’s staff as an assistant coach after coaching the Stockton Kings to a G League-best 25-7 record in 2022-23, his second of two seasons served as the team’s head coach. Prior to accepting the head job with Stockton, Jackson racked up experience in an assistant coach/player development role for the Sacramento Kings (2017-20), and as a player development coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves (2014-16).
Hines comes to Philadelphia after spending the 2022-23 season with Nurse in Toronto as an assistant coach. He has accumulated eight seasons of coaching experience at the NBA level, including stops with the Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings (assistant coach/player development, 2019-22), and Golden State Warriors (player development, 2006-10). Hines has also held the assistant coach title with the Stockton Kings of the NBA G League (2016-19), and St. John’s University (2010-15).
Brase joins Philadelphia’s staff after leading Pallacanestro Varese as head coach for the 2022-2023 season in Serie A of the Italian League. Brase previously served as an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2021-22 season. Prior to that, he spent time with the Houston Rockets’ organization (2011-20), where he worked his way from basketball operations intern to G League assistant coach, then NBA Director of Player Development, to G League Head Coach, and finally NBA assistant coach.
Karl joins the Philadelphia’s bench after previously leading the Delaware Blue Coats, as head coach. During his tenure, Karl led the Blue Coats to become the only G League team to win both a G League title and the Showcase Cup crown while holding an overall record of 42-22, marking a .656 winning percentage, the highest win percentage among head coaches in the team's 15-year existence.
Longabardi, a two-time NBA champion, joins Philadelphia’s staff with 20 seasons of NBA coaching experience including holding assistant positions with the Houston Rockets (2003-07), Boston Celtics (2007-12), Phoenix Suns (2013-15), Cleveland Cavaliers (2015-19), Washington Wizards (2019-21), Sacramento Kings (2021-22) and with the Atlanta Hawks (2022-23).
West comes to Philadelphia with an extensive basketball profile that includes a 12-year NBA playing career, following a four-year run with Villanova. He has also accumulated 20 years of coaching experience in the high school, collegiate, and professional ranks.
Corbacio originally joined the Toronto Raptors video staff in 2017 and added assistant coach to his title prior to the 2019-20 season. Previously, Corbacio served as an assistant coach with the Raptors’ G League affiliate, Raptors 905. He also worked as an assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2012-13.
Flournoy enters his first season with the 76ers after completing four seasons with the Toronto Raptors as an assistant video coordinator and player development coach. He joined Toronto following a decorated 23-year career as a player and coach in the British Basketball League (BBL).
Love joined the 76ers in 2019 as a skill development associate before being elevated to skill development coach. Prior to Philadelphia, Love served as a graduate assistant at the University of Louisville in 2018-19.
DiLeo is entering his third season as a member of the 76ers’ player development staff after joining the team for the 2021-22 season. Prior to coming to the 76ers, DiLeo played professionally in Germany for eight seasons with the Giessen 46ers and Telekom Baskets Bonn following a collegiate career at Temple University (2008-13).
Harris joins Philadelphia after a professional basketball career in the NBA (2011-13) and NBA G League (2009-11); including a championship season with the Miami Heat in 2011-12. Harris also has overseas playing experience in Germany, France, and Israel.
Murry previously served as a player development coach for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the G League. He has 10 years of NBA/European playing experience with the New York Knicks, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards as well as several teams overseas.
Redding is entering his third year with the 76ers’ player development department after joining the staff in 2021. A native of Philadelphia, Redding went on to play for four years at Villanova University and then embarked on a 10-year professional basketball career in Europe.
Thawer began his NBA career in 2022-23 with the Toronto Raptors’ video department. Prior to Toronto, Thawer served as an assistant coach at the University of Toronto and for the Guelph Nighthawks of the Canadian Elite Basketball League.
The 76ers and Head Coach Nick Nurse tip off the 2023-24 season against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 ET p.m. on TNT. Nurse, the 26th head coach in franchise history, joined Philadelphia after spending five seasons with Toronto (2018-23). The Carroll, Iowa native guided the Raptors to an NBA Championship in his first season as head coach in 2019, becoming the ninth person in NBA history to claim a title in his first year as an NBA head coach.