The San Antonio Spurs today announced that Mitch Johnson has been promoted to an assistant coach while Darius Songalia has been elevated to a player development assistant on Gregg Popovich’s staff.
At the same time the Spurs have announced the following promotions and additions to the basketball operations staff: Brandon James – vice president of basketball administration and deputy general counsel, Dave Telep – director of player personnel, Adam Glessner – senior director of basketball intelligence, Phil Cullen – director of basketball operations and innovation, Niraj Mulji – director of basketball strategy, Nick Repole – director of research and development, Landry Fields – Austin Spurs general manager, Tyler Self – Austin Spurs assistant general manager and Keon Weise – performance informatic scout.
Johnson has spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach for the Austin Spurs, San Antonio’s G League affiliate, where he helped guide the team to the 2018 G League Championship.
Songalia enters his second season with the Silver and Black after spending last year as a quality assurance assistant in the video department. Before coming to the Spurs, he played eight seasons in the NBA.
James enters his eighth season in the Spurs front office as in-house counsel for basketball operations responsible for strategy and innovation, legal affairs and CBA, salary cap and other administrative matters.
Telep is now in his seventh season with San Antonio. He was promoted to director of scouting in August 2016 after spending the past three seasons as the team’s scouting coordinator.
Glessner is set to begin his second season with the Silver and Black. Prior to joining the Spurs he spent four seasons with the Detroit Pistons as the team’s director of player personnel after being promoted from pro scout in 2016.
Cullen enters his fourth season with the Spurs after spending the last three years as the team’s director of basketball strategy.
Mulji enters his sixth season with the Spurs. He’s spent the past three seasons as basketball operations manager after joining the Silver and Black in 2014 as a basketball operations quality assurance assistant.
Repole is set to begin his fourth season in San Antonio after previously serving as director of basketball information systems.
Fields makes the move to Austin after spending the past three seasons serving as a college scout. He originally joined the Spurs in 2016 after a five-year NBA playing career.
Self enters his third season in San Antonio after spending the last two seasons as a quality assurance assistant in the basketball operations department.
Weise joins the Spurs after spending 16 seasons with the Orlando Magic in various different roles, most recently head athletic trainer from 2010-18.
2019-20 San Antonio Spurs Basketball Operations Staff Additions and Promotions
Mitch Johnson – Assistant Coach
Darius Songalia – Player Development Assistant
Brandon James – Vice President of Basketball Administration and Deputy General Counsel
Dave Telep – Director of Player Personnel
Adam Glessner – Senior Director of Basketball Intelligence
Phil Cullen – Director of Basketball Operations and Innovation
Niraj Mulji – Director of Basketball Strategy
Nick Repole – Director of Research and Development
Landry Fields – Austin Spurs General Manager
Tyler Self – Austin Spurs Assistant General Manager
Keon Weise – Performance Informatics Scout