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Coby Karl

Tenure: 2016-present

Highlights

  • A former player for the Los Angeles Lakers and D-Fenders, Karl was officially announced as the team’s head coach on Sept. 12, 2016.
  • Guided the D-Fenders to a 24-6 start to begin his first season, tying the 2009-10 Iowa Energy for the best 30-game start in NBA D-League history
  • Coached NBA D-League All-Stars Vander Blue, Justin Harper and Josh Magette; Was named as head coach of the 2017 NBA D-League Western Conference Team
  • Produced call-ups David Nwaba (Lakers) and Justin Harper (76ers), while helping to develop Lakers assignee Ivica Zubac

Other Coaching Experience:
Westchester Knicks, NBA D-League

Casey Owens

Tenure: 2015-16

Overall Record: 27-23; 5-4 in playoffs

Highlights

  • Owens was named head coach of the D-Fenders on Aug. 4, 2015.
  • Under Owens’ direction, the D-Fenders were one win away from taking the 2016 NBA D-League title, falling in three games to the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the NBA D-League Finals.
  • The D-Fenders put together a franchise-record 14-game home winning streak
  • Coached NBA Call-Up players Justin Harper and Jeff Ayres, while helping to develop Lakers assignees Anthony Brown, Ryan Kelly and Tarik Black
  • Led two NBA D-League All-Stars in Harper and Vander Blue

Other Coaching Experience:
Los Angeles Lakers, NBA; Dakota Wizards, CBA; Colorado 14ers, NBA D-League; Shanghai Sharks, Chinese Basketball Association; Xinjiang Flying Tigers, Chinese Basketball Association; Fujiban Sturgeons, Chinese Basketball Association; Guaiqueries de Margarita, Liga Profesional de Baloncesto [Venezuela]

Connor Henry

Tenure: 2015

Highlights

  • On June 10, 2015, Henry was named head coach of the D-Fenders.
  • On June 25, he left for a role as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic.

Other Coaching Experience:
Claremont McKenna, NCAA; Perth Wildcats, NBL; Fort Wayne Mad Ants, NBA D-League

Phil Hubbard

Tenure: 2014-15

Overall Record: 17-33

Highlights

  • Hubbard was hired as head coach of the D-Fenders on Aug. 28, 2014.
  • The D-Fenders set the D-League single-game scoring record by beating Reno, 175-152. L.A. also broke the marks for points in a quarter (56) and half (94).
  • Coached NBA Call-Up players Jabari Brown, Vander Blue and Jamaal Franklin, and helped develop Lakers assignees Jordan Clarkson, Xavier Henry, Tarik Black and Ryan Kelly
  • Led NBA D-League All-Star selections Brown, Blue and Roscoe Smith

Other Coaching Experience:
Los Angeles Lakers, NBA; Stanford University, NCAA; Utah Flash, NBA D-League

Bob MacKinnon

Tenure: 2013-14

Overall Record: 31-19; 0-2 in playoffs

Highlights

  • Coached NBA Call-Up players Manny Harris, James Southerland, Malcolm Thomas and Shawne Williams, while helping to develop Lakers assignees Elias Harris, Xavier Henry and Ryan Kelly
  • Led NBA D-League All-Stars Manny Harris and Malcolm Thomas

Other Coaching Experience:
Texas Legends, NBA D-League; Springfield Armor, NBA D-League; Tianjin Ronggang, Chinese Basketball Association; Idaho Stampede, NBA D-League; Colorado 14ers, NBA D-League; Merchant, NCAA D-III

Mark Madsen

Tenure: 2013

Highlights

  • Madsen was named head coach of the D-Fenders on May 13, 2013.
  • On July 19, he left the team for a role as a player development coach for the Lakers.

Other Coaching Experience:
Los Angeles Lakers, NBA; Stanford University, NCAA; Utah Flash, NBA D-League

Reggie Theus

Tenure: 2012-13

Overall Record: 21-29

Highlights

  • Guided the D-Fenders to their first triple-overtime game win in franchise history against the Reno Bighorns, 134-124, on Dec. 15, 2012.
  • Coached NBA Call-Up players Lazar Hayward and Malcolm Thomas, while helping to develop Lakers assignees Darius Johnson-Odom, Darius Morris and Robert Sacre.
  • Led NBA D-League All-Star selection Cortney Fortson

Other Coaching Experience:
Cal State Northridge, NCAA; Sacramento Kings, NBA; New Mexico State, NCAA; Las Vegas Slam, ABA

Eric Musselman

Tenure: 2011-12

Overall Record: 38-12; 5-2 in playoffs

Highlights

  • Guided the D-Fenders to a league best 38-12 regular season record en route to their first NBA D-League Finals appearance. L.A. fell in three games to the Austin Toros.
  • Coached NBA Call-Up players Courtney Fortson, Gerald Green, Jamario Moon, Ishmael Smith, Jamaal Tinsley and Malcolm Thomas, while helping to develop Lakers assignees Derrick Caracter, Devin Ebanks, Christian Eyenga, Andrew Goudelock, Darius Morris and Thomas.
  • Earned the NBA D-League Coach of the Year award, the only time a D-Fenders coach has been awarded with the honor
  • The D-Fenders front office earned the league’s first-ever NBA Development League Championship Award during his tenure, an annual recognition given to the team that best embodies the NBA D-League’s goal of developing NBA basketball talent via call-ups and/or assignments.

Other Coaching Experience:
Arizona State, NCAA; Venezuela National Basketball Team; Reno Bighorns, NBA D-League; Dominican National Team; U.S. 2011 Team, Adidas Global Experience; Team China, Adidas Global Experience; Sacramento Kings, NBA; Golden State Warriors, NBA; Florida/West Palm Beach Dogs, USBL; Florida Sharks, USBL; Rapid City Thrillers, CBA

Chucky Brown

Tenure: 2009-10

Overall Record: 16-34

Highlights

  • Led NBA D-League All-Stars Joe Crawford and Diamon Simpson

Other Coaching Experience:
Roanoke Dazzle, NBA D-League; Raleigh Knights, WBA

Dan Panaggio

Tenure: 2006-09

Overall Record: 74-76; 1-1 in playoffs

Highlights

  • Guided the D-Fenders to their first playoff berth in 2008, falling to the Idaho Stampede in the NBA D-League Semifinals
  • Coached the franchise’s first-ever NBA Call-Up players in Stephane Lasme, Jelani McCoy and Joe Crawford, while working with Lakers assignees Jordan Farmar, Coby Karl and Sun Yue

Other Coaching Experience:
Phoenix Suns, NBA; Marquette, NCAA; Portland Trail Blazers, NBA; Indiana University, NCAA; Quad City Thunder, CBA