Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that the team has hired Jerry Sichting as an assistant coach on Randy Wittman's staff. This is Sichting's second stint with the Wolves as he spent 10 years with the organization from 1995-2005. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"I'm thrilled to return to the Twin Cities and the Timberwolves organization and be able to work with Randy Wittman," Sichting said. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for this organization and I'm grateful to have the opportunity to return and help this team improve along with Randy and the staff."
A veteran of 10 NBA seasons with Indiana, Boston, Portland, Charlotte and Milwaukee, Sichting began his pro coaching career with the Timberwolves in 1995 as the director of scouting and player development. Later that year, he added assistant coach to his title and he remained in that role until 2005. Between his departure and return to the Wolves, the Martinsville, Ind. native was an assistant coach with Marquette University.
"Jerry is a phenomenal basketball coach who will add a lot of knowledge and experience to our staff," Wittman said. "He is an intense and dedicated coach and we're happy to bring him back to Minnesota."
Sichting averaged 6.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg and 3.3 apg in 598 games over his 10 seasons in the NBA. In 1986 he teamed with Kevin McHale in winning the NBA title with the Boston Celtics. Following his playing career, he remained in Boston and ran the Jerry Sichting basketball camp for five years and served as an analyst on Celtics radio broadcasts. In 2002, Sichting was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame as a graduate of Purdue University and captain of the 1978-79 Boilermakers club that captured the Big Ten championship. He and his wife, Joni, have four children, Jared, Jason, Jordan and Jenna.