CLIPPERS COACHING STAFF 46 | CLIPPERS GAMETIME MAGAZINE MIKE WOODSON ASSISTANT COACH Mike Woodson enters his third campaign as an assistant coach with the Clippers after last serving as the head coach of the New York Knicks. Woodson guided the Knicks to their first appearance in the Eastern Conference Semifinals since 2000 and finished his tenure as New York’s coach with a record of 109-79 (.680). He comes to the Clippers with over 18 years of NBA coaching experience after previously serving with the Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons. Woodson previously played for the Clippers during the 1986-87 and 1987-88 seasons. He led the team in scoring both years, averaging 18.0 points per game in 1987-88, the second-highest average in his career. In nine seasons as an NBA head coach with Atlanta (2004-2010) and New York (2011-2014), Woodson has a 315-365 (.463) career record and is the owner of two 50-plus win seasons including a personal high of 54 victories during the 2012-13 season with the Knicks. Woodson joined the Knicks staff following six seasons as head coach of the Hawks over which he compiled a 206-286 (.419) record. He guided the Hawks to the NBA Playoffs in each of his last three seasons (including 2007- 08, ending Atlanta’s eight-year Playoff drought), and into the Eastern Conference Semifinals in his last two seasons. Woodson’s 206 wins with Atlanta are fourth-best in Hawks franchise history, trailing only Hall of Famer Richie Guerin (327), Mike Fratello (324) and Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens (310). In the Playoffs, he piloted the Hawks to back-to-back Game Seven wins in the first round over Miami in 2009 and Milwaukee in 2010. Before joining the Hawks, Woodson served for one season (2003-04) as an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons, where he earned an NBA Championship ring as one of the chief architects behind Detroit’s suffocating defense that helped lift the Pistons to the 2004 NBA title. Prior to his six years at the helm of the Hawks, Woodson logged eight seasons as an assistant coach with Milwaukee (1996-97 through 1998-99), Cleveland (1999- 2000 through 2000-01), Philadelphia (2001-02 through 2002-03) and Detroit (2003-04). Woodson enjoyed an 11-year NBA playing career, averaging 14.0 points over 786 games for the Knicks (1980-81), New Jersey (1981-82), Kansas City/Sacramento (1981-82 through 1985-86), the LA Clippers (1986-87 through 1987-88), Houston (1988-89 through 1990-91) and Cleveland (1990-91). He scored a career-high 18.2 ppg with Kansas City in 1982-83. He also averaged 12.2 points in 13 career Playoff games over five post-seasons. Woodson’s NBA playing career began in 1980-81, when he averaged 4.7 points over 11.7 minutes in 81 contests with the Knicks. Prior to being drafted by New York, Woodson had a standout four-year career at Indiana University under Bob Knight where he was a two-time All-American, averaging 19.8 points in 104 career games with the Hoosiers. Woodson led IU to the 1979 NIT Championship and overcame back surgery in 1980 to earn Big Ten Most Valuable Player honors in leading the Hoosiers to the 1980 Big Ten title. Born on Mar. 24, 1958 in Indianapolis, Woodson attended Broad Ripple HS, whose alumni include David Letterman. Broad Ripple retired Mike’s uniform number in 2006. Mike and his wife Terri have two daughters, Alexis and Mariah, both graduates of Georgia Tech (Alexis in December 2012, Mariah in May 2013). The Woodson family makes its off-season home in Atlanta. SAM CASSELL ASSISTANT COACH Sam Cassell enters his third season with Los Angeles as an assistant coach after previously serving as an assistant for the Washington Wizards. Cassell returned to the Clippers after starting for the team from 2005- 2008. In 2005-06, Cassell was the catalyst in leading Los Angeles to their previous best record (47-35) and the team’s first playoff series win in 30 years. Cassell moved to the bench after an outstanding 15-season NBA career in which he won three NBA championships - two with the Houston Rockets in 1994 and 1995 and one with the Boston Celtics in 2008 where he was coached by current Clippers head coach Doc Rivers. In 993 career regular season games, the former All-Star averaged 15.7 points and 6.0 assists per game. Cassell made his mark as a clutch player in his rookie season in 1994 when he averaged 9.4 points and 4.2 rebounds off of the bench in the playoffs to help the Rockets to their first NBA Championship, and was a key contributor on the Rockets squad that won the title again in 1995. The 2003-04 season marked one of Cassell’s finest seasons as a professional, as he averaged 19.8 points and 7.3 assists per game. Cassell was named to the NBA All-Star game for the first time in his career and was also named All-NBA Second Team during that campaign. Cassell played two seasons at San Jacinto College in Texas before starting at Florida State University from 1991-1993. In 2004, Cassell was inducted into the Florida State Athletic Hall of Fame. BRENDAN O’CONNOR ASSISTANT COACH Brendan O’Connor enters his fourth campaign with Los Angeles as an assistant coach after last serving as an advance scout for the Brooklyn Nets. With more than 12 years of NBA coaching and scouting experience, O’Connor, a New Hampshire native, began his NBA career with the Detroit Pistons as an advance scout in 2000, and was then promoted to assistant coach/advance scout in July 2001. He was a member of the Pistons’ coaching staff in 2004 and 2005 on Detroit’s NBA Championship team and Eastern Conference Championship squad, respectively. He has also worked as an assistant coach for the Kings and Knicks. Prior to his days in Michigan, O’Connor had a long and impressive resume of coaching experience in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), United States Basketball League (USBL), and International Basketball League (IBL). O’Connor was an assistant coach/director of player personnel with both the Grand Rapids Hoops (1997-99) of the CBA and Richmond Rhythm (1999-2000) of the IBL. O’Connor graduated from St. Anselm College in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in history. He and his wife, Marlene, have a daughter, Emily and two sons, Emmet and Desmond.
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