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Coach Bios

Phil Hubbard:
Entering his first season as head coach of the D-Fenders, Phil Hubbard brings more than 20 years of coaching and scouting experience at the NBA, NBA D-League and International levels to Los Angeles.

The Canton, Ohio native returns to the D-Fenders after serving as assistant coach for the team during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. Most recently, Hubbard served as an assistant coach for the Santa Cruz Warriors last season, guiding the team to an NBA D-League Finals appearance in addition to helping three players earn Gatorade NBA call-ups and assisting in developing five Golden State Warriors assignees.

The Canton, Ohio native returns to the D-Fenders after serving as assistant coach for the team during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. Most recently, Hubbard served as an assistant coach for the Santa Cruz Warriors last season, guiding the team to an NBA D-League Finals appearance in addition to helping three players earn Gatorade NBA call-ups and assisting in developing five Golden State Warriors assignees.

Previous to his work in the NBA D-League, Hubbard spent 12 seasons in the NBA as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks (1995-98), Golden State Warriors (1998-2003) and Washington Wizards (2003-09). Hubbard tallied seven playoff appearances as an NBA assistant, posting three with the Hawks and four-straight with the Wizards, the team’s first back-to-back playoff appearances since 1988. Originally, Hubbard broke into the NBA ranks as a college scout for the New York Knicks (1990-95). As well as having success domestically, Hubbard has also had a prosperous coaching career internationally in China and the Dominican Republic. Most notably, he led Caneros de la Romana, of the Dominican LNB, to the Division Championship in 2012 serving as the team’s head coach.

Gene Cross:
Gene Cross enters into his first season in Los Angeles after serving as head coach of the Erie BayHawks last season. Cross, a 20-year coaching veteran, has extensive experience at the collegiate and professional levels.

In his first season as a head coach professionally, Cross led the BayHawks to a 26-24 record with two Gatorade NBA Call-Ups in his first season. Cross developed 10 assignment players in his two seasons with the BayHawks. Prior to joining the BayHawks, Cross was an assistant coach with the Iowa Energy. He helped the Energy clinch a playoff spot and was named an assistant coach on the NBA Development League East All-Star team. Cross first made the jump to the professional ranks as an assistant coach for the Utah Flash in 2010 where he developed one Gatorade NBA Call-Up and helped the Flash reach the playoffs and tie a franchise record with nine wins in a row. Cross coached collegiately for 15 seasons with stints at UIC, DePaul, Virginia, Notre Dame and Toledo. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Cross played collegiately at the University of Illinois.

Jordan Brady:
Jordan Brady enters into his first season in Los Angeles after serving as assistant coach with the Bakersfield Jam. Brady adds a unique combination of playing and coaching experience at the professional level. Brady joins the D-Fenders after spending last season as an assistant coach with the Bakersfield Jam and the previous season with the Iowa Energy in the same capacity. Prior to his role with the Energy, Brady played professionally for four seasons. He spent his rookie campaign overseas with Luxembourg Racing of the DBBL. He then played the next 3 seasons in the NBA Development League, including 2 seasons with the Utah Flash and splitting a third season between the Los Angeles D-Fenders and Idaho Stampede. As a player, Brady also participated in several international basketball tours to promote the game globally including the China Hoops Tour and the Estonia Professional Tour. Brady played collegiately at Utah Valley University.

Brady and his wife Brooke are the proud parents of three children; Wyatt 6, Chamberlain 4 and daughter Elsie, 2. They are expecting their child in December.

Jermaine Byrd:
Jermaine Byrd enters into his first season in Los Angeles. Byrd hails from Houston, Texas and joins the D-Fenders after one season as an assistant coach with the Sioux Falls Sky Force. Byrd worked his way up with the Tulsa 66ers before joining the Sky Force. He served as an assistant coach for the 66ers during the 2011-12 season and was the team’s video coordinator the two seasons prior. In 2011, Byrd served as an assistant coach on the USA Men’s Basketball team during the Pan American Games, helping the team to a bronze medal. Byrd played collegiately at the University of Sioux Falls and led the team to its first NAIA Final Four appearance in school history. Byrd graduated from the University of Sioux Falls with a bachelors degree in Social Science and has one daughter, Jasmine Byrd (16).

Will Scott:
Will Scott moves into his fourth season as the D-Fenders video coordinator and will also serve as a special assistant coach. Scott’s primary responsibilities include video editing, scouting upcoming opponents and assisting in on-court development. Working as student manager at Indiana University from 2009-11 under current head coach Tom Crean, Scott acted as an assistant to the entire coaching staff on a day-to-day basis and handled an array of responsibilities such as video editing video for scouting purposes, supporting practice drills and aiding with in-game operations. A graduate of Indiana, Scott has a degree in Sports Marketing and Management along with a minor in Business.

Nina Hsieh:
Entering into her sixth season with the D-Fenders as Head Athletic Trainer, Hsieh has totaled 13 years of athletic training experience. In her role with the D-Fenders, Hsieh monitors the health of the team and is responsible for injury prevention, care and treatment of the players. Throughout her career in athletics, the Huntington Beach, Calif. native has also functioned as athletic trainer for the UC Santa Barbara men’s soccer team (2010-11) along with the women’s basketball team (2004-08). Hsieh is a graduate from Cal State Fullerton (B.S., Kinesiology, 2000) and the Arizona School of Health Sciences (M.S.,
Sports Health Care, 2003).