CLIPPERS COACHING STAFF 47 | CLIPPERS GAMETIME MAGAZINE JOHN WELCH ASSISTANT COACH John Welch begins his first season as an assistant coach for the Clippers after spending the previous season with the Sacramento Kings. Prior to coaching with the Kings, Welch spent two seasons with the Brooklyn Nets. Welch arrived in Brooklyn in 2013, following eight seasons as an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets under George Karl. Before joining the Nuggets, Welch spent two seasons as an assistant coach/workout coach for the Memphis Grizzlies. Prior to his arrival in Memphis, he spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at Fresno State, serving under head coach Jerry Tarkanian. Welch joined Fresno State in 1995 and helped the Bulldogs to two consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, six consecutive 20-win seasons and seven straight postseason appearances. Welch began his coaching career with a three-year stint as a graduate assistant at UNLV, including when they advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1986-87. When the Rebels’ season ended, Welch also played in the New Zealand Professional Basketball League from 1986-89. Welch then served as an assistant coach under Seth Greenberg at Long Beach State from 1993-95. As a player, Welch spent three seasons at the University of Nevada, Reno before transferring to UNLV for his senior year. Welch played under Tarkanian for one year when the Rebels compiled a 33-5 record and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Welch was born on Feb. 17, 1963 in Portland, Maine. He attended Ranch High School in Las Vegas where he was an All-State selection. He and his wife, Jean, have a daughter, Haley, and a son, Riley. PATRICK SULLIVAN ASSISTANT COACH Patrick Sullivan begins his first season with the Clippers. Prior to coming to Los Angeles, Sullivan served as an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards for three seasons (2013-2016) and as an assistant with the Detroit Pistons for three seasons (2008-2011). Sullivan has also served as an assistant coach for the New Jersey Nets from 2005-08. Sullivan was promoted to the bench with the Pistons under Larry Brown in 2004-05, after serving as assistant coach/video coordinator during the club’s 2003- 04 NBA Championship season. The Bogota, New Jersey native brings a wealth of basketball experience with him as either a player or a coach. As a player at North Carolina, Sullivan played in three NCAA Final Fours (1991, 1993 and 1995) and coached in three as an assistant coach at UNC (1997, 1998 and 2000). Following his stint at UNC, Sullivan moved to North Carolina-Wilmington, where he was an assistant coach from 2001-03. Sullivan graduated from North Carolina in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in communications. ARMOND HILL ASSISTANT COACH Armond Hill brings over 30 years of coaching experience as either a head or assistant coach at the high school, collegiate and professional level to Los Angeles. He begins his fourth campaign on the Clippers coaching staff after spending nine seasons as an assistant coach under Doc Rivers in Boston. Prior to his time in Boston, Hill was an assistant for the Atlanta Hawks during the 2003-04 season. The Brooklyn, NY native spent eight years as the head coach at Columbia University, where his 2001-02 team led the nation in scoring defense, holding opponents to 57.0 points per game. Hill’s coaching career began as an assistant coach at the Lawrenceville School, in Lawrenceville, NJ in 1985. He became the head coach three years later. Hill won two Coach of the Year Awards and in 1990, led Lawrenceville to the New Jersey State Prep School Championship. He returned to his alma mater in 1991 as an assistant coach, helping guide Princeton to a 71-35 record over four seasons, winning the Ivy League title and advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 1992. After being named Ivy League Player of the Year in 1976, Hill was drafted ninth overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1976 NBA Draft. He played eight seasons in the NBA, six of which were with the Hawks. In 2009, Hill was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.
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