Pelicans’ Green adds D’Antoni, Collins to coaching staff

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Willie Green got his first coaching job, and now he has a staff. On Wednesday, the team announced that they had hired Jarron Collins as an assistant coach and Mike D’Antoni as a coaching advisor.

They join assistant coaches Casey Hill, Fred Vinson, Teresa Weatherspoon, and player development coaches Corey Brewer, Darnell Lazare, and Beno Udrih.

“This is a cohesive group of high-character individuals with diverse backgrounds and skillsets,” said Green. “I’m confident that their coaching and playing experience at the highest professional and collegiate levels, combined with their work ethic and team-focused approach, will help build the foundation we need to be successful.”

Collins begins his first season with the Pelicans after serving the previous seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors. Green and Collins were both assistants in Golden State together.

D’Antoni joins New Orleans after serving as an assistant coach with the Brooklyn Nets during the 2020-21 season. 

Hill returns for his second season as an assistant coach with the Pelicans. Hill previously served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers (2018-20). 

Vinson begins his 12th season as an assistant coach in New Orleans. Before joining the Pelicans, Vinson was an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers from 2007-09. 

Weatherspoon returns for her third season with the Pelicans, including her second season as an assistant coach after serving as a two-way player development coach in 2019-20.

Lazare begins his third season as a player development coach in New Orleans. 

Udrih returns for his second season with the Pelicans as a player development coach. 

Ormandy returns for his seventh season with the Pelicans, including his fifth as video coordinator after serving as the team’s assistant video coordinator from 2015-17. 

Below is the Pelicans’ coaching staff for the 2021-22 season:

Head Coach

Willie Green

Assistant Coaches

Jarron Collins

Casey Hill

Fred Vinson

Teresa Weatherspoon

Coaching Advisor

Mike D’Antoni

Player Development Coaches

Corey Brewer

Darnell Lazare

Beno Udrih