August 4, 2011
Warriors Hire Five Coaches To Complete Head Coach Mark Jackson's Staff
Pete Myers, Wes Unseld Jr., Jerry DeGregorio, Darren Erman & Kris Weems Join Team’s Coaching Staff
The Golden State Warriors have hired Pete Myers, Wes Unseld Jr. and Jerry DeGregorio as assistant coaches, as well as Darren Erman and Kris Weems as assistant coaches/player development, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not announced. The new hires will join lead assistant Michael Malone to complete Head Coach Mark Jackson’s staff.
Myers joins the Warriors having spent the last 12 seasons with the Chicago Bulls as an assistant coach and scout. He originally joined the Bulls as a scout during the 1999-2000 season before joining the team’s coaching staff in the middle of the 2001-02 campaign. After nine seasons on the Bulls bench as an assistant coach – including stints as interim head coach for two games during the 2003-04 season and one game during the 2007-08 season – Myers returned to scouting for Chicago last season.
As a player, Myers appeared in 377 regular-season games over nine NBA seasons with seven teams (the Bulls, Spurs, 76ers, Knicks, Nets, Heat & Hornets) between 1986 and 1998, averaging a combined 4.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He had his finest NBA season in 1993-94, appearing in a career-high 82 games (81 starts) with Chicago and averaging career-highs of 7.9 points, 3.0 assists and 24.8 minutes per contest. In addition to his NBA experience, the Mobile, Alabama, native also played in the CBA and the Italian League.
Wes Unseld Jr.
Unseld comes to Golden State having served 13 seasons with the Washington Wizards, including the last six campaigns as an assistant coach. He began his career with the Wizards in 1997 as a professional and college scout before being promoted to advance scout during his first season with the organization. As the Wizards’ ultimate source of scouting reports on both opposing teams and players, Unseld played a vital role in game planning and preparation during his time in Washington. In 2005-06, Unseld joined the Wizards coaching staff and added a player development role to his scouting duties.
The son of Hall of Famer Wes Unseld, Unseld Jr. played on the men’s basketball team at Johns Hopkins University for three seasons before joining the Wizards organization after graduation.
DeGregorio’s coaching experience includes stints as an NBA assistant coach, as well as head coaching assignments at nearly every other level – including NCAA Division I, Division II, junior college and high school. Most recently, since 2003, he has served as an individual skill development coach based out of Los Angeles, working with a number of high-profile NBA clients. A native of New Britain, Connecticut, DeGregorio previously worked for the Los Angeles Clippers for two seasons (2001-02 & 2002-03), serving as both director of player development and assistant coach. Prior to joining the Clippers, he was the head coach at the University of Rhode Island from 1999-2001 after working as an assistant coach at URI from 1997-99. A 1988 graduate of St. John’s University, DeGregorio’s first head coaching job at the college level came at Mattatuck (Conn.) Community College in 1991-92.
Erman joins the Warriors after spending the last four seasons as a coaching assistant with the Boston Celtics, where he performed scouting duties and worked extensively with players on individual skill development. During his time with the Celtics, the team posted a combined 234-94 (.713) regular-season record, winning an NBA Championship in 2008 and an Eastern Conference Championship in 2010. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Erman began his coaching career as a student coach at Emory University, where he graduated in 1997. Erman also spent two seasons (2003-2005) as an assistant coach for national prep powerhouse St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, New Jersey, and two seasons (2005-2007) as an assistant coach at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, before being hired by the Celtics.
Weems has spent the better part of the last 15 years immersed in the Bay Area basketball scene, beginning with a successful playing career at Stanford University and, most recently, as the head varsity basketball coach at Menlo School in Atherton, California. As a collegiate, Weems played four seasons for the Cardinal from 1996-99, helping the team to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and a trip to the 1998 Final Four during his junior season, a year in which he also earned All Pac-10 First Team honors. After graduating with a degree in sociology in 1999, the Kansas City, Kansas, native played one season professionally with Hapoel-Tel Aviv in Israel before returning to the Bay Area to work for Stanford’s basketball program and athletic department for six years. In seven seasons as the head coach at Menlo School (2004-2011), Weems led his teams to seven Central Coast Section postseason appearances, five league championships and three appearances in the Northern California bracket of the CIF State Championships. For the past two seasons, he has also served as a college basketball analyst for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, providing color commentary for Pac-10 and West Coast Conference telecasts.
Below is a list of the Golden State Warriors’ coaching staff:
Mark Jackson, St. John’s
Michael Malone, Loyola (MD)
Pete Myers, Arkansas-Little Rock
Wes Unseld Jr., Johns Hopkins
Jerry DeGregorio, St. John’s
Assistant Coaches/Player Development
Darren Erman, Emory
Kris Weems, Stanford