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

Green officially named head coach of New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans have hired Willie Green to be the team’s new head coach.

Green and Pelicans were rumored to be close to a deal last week, and it became official on Thursday.

The 39-year-old Green joins the Pelicans after spending the previous two seasons (2019-21) as an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns. As a part of head coach Monty Williams’ staff, Green helped guide the 2021 Western Conference Champions to their first NBA Finals appearance since 1993. As the Suns’ defensive coordinator, Phoenix finished the regular season with the NBA’s sixth-best defensive rating. 

“I want to thank Mrs. Benson, David Griffin, and the entire Pelicans organization for having faith in me to lead this talented group of players moving forward,” said Green via a press release from the team. “It’s a blessing and an honor to get this opportunity in a special place like New Orleans. I look forward to getting to work and immersing myself and my family into the local community.”

Before joining Phoenix, Green spent three seasons (2016-19) as assistant coach/player development for the Golden State Warriors. While on head coach Steve Kerr’s staff, Green helped the Warriors win back-to-back NBA Championships in 2017 and 2018 before returning to the NBA Finals in 2019. He also served as the Warriors’ head coach for NBA Summer League in 2018, leading Golden State to the California Classic’s only 3-0 record.

The Detroit native, who spent 12 seasons in the NBA as a player, was selected with the 41st overall pick by Seattle in the 2003 NBA Draft. He appeared in 731 regular-season games (297 starts) with Philadelphia, New Orleans, Atlanta, the LA Clippers, and Orlando from 2003-15 and qualified for the playoffs seven times in his 12 seasons.