Steve Kerr‘s assistant coaching staff is set for his inaugural season at the helm of the Golden State Warriors, and it is a solid list of names, a mixture of experience and grizzled NBA veterans.
In a press release released Thursday, the Warriors formally announced the previously reported hirings of Alvin Gentry as associate coach, Ron Adams and Luke Walton as assistant coaches, and Jarron Collins and Bruce Fraser as player development coaches.
The two hirings that were unknown before today were of the player development coaches, Collins and Fraser.
Collins is the twin brother of Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in a major American sport. Collins spent 10 seasons in the NBA, averaging 3.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in his career. A second round pick in 2001 by the Jazz, Collins spent his first eight seasons in Utah.
Fraser, meanwhile, most recently was a scout with the Suns from 2004-2010. He has been coaching in either the college or professional ranks since 1987.
“We’ve assembled a terrific coaching and player development staff that will feature a solid mix of experience and youth,” said Kerr. “Alvin and Ron are two highly-respected coaches who provide a wealth of NBA bench experience, which is extremely important to me as I enter my initial season. Luke and Jarron completed productive NBA careers in recent years that were highlighted by an abundance of winning, while Bruce has garnered well-rounded experience and expertise at both the NBA and collegiate levels. I’m really excited about the intangibles these gentlemen will bring to our team and I know they will serve as tremendous assets to me and our players.”