Today we finally got the confirmation that Billy Donovan is the new coach of the Bulls. Almost all of them are new faces for the NBA staff at police level. Joe Cowley announced the full list of names this morning.
Your new team of police coaches: Maurice Checksy, Josh Longstaff, John Bryant, Damien Cotter and Billy Schmidt as assistant coaches of the staff of Billy Donovan Henry Domercant, Ronnie Burrell, Ty Abbott and Max Rothschild have been invited as coordinators of the player’s development.
– Joe Cowley (@JCowleyHoops) 14. November 2020.
The bull coaching team consists of… Maurice Cheeky, Josh Longstaff, John Bryant, Damien Cotter and Billy Schmidt. Stakeholder development coordinators : Henry Domercant, Ronnie Burrell, Ty Abbott and Max Rothschild.
Chris Fleming was retained as assistant coach of the previous team.
John Bryant (above) played ball at St. Thomas University. Joseph and coached the Nigerian national team at the 2016 Olympics.
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For more information about Maurice Checks, Josh Longstaff and John Bryant you can read our previous articles.
John Longstaff has extensive experience as an assistant coach in the American basketball program.
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Damien Cotter was coach of the bullfighter last year. Before that he had an extensive coaching career in Australia, where he worked as head coach and assistant coach.
From 1999 to 2007 he worked for the Knox Basketball Company as manager and head coach. From 2006 to 2009 he also worked as an assistant coach for the Australian Development Group. He then became head coach of the Australian Emus (U-19). During this period he won the World Championships in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013.
Damien Cotter has trained all over Australia and has won four world championships.
From 2013 to 2014 Mr. Kotter began his career as a professional coach and worked as an assistant at NBL Sydney King’s and as head coach of the New South Wales Basketball Sport Institute. Cotter has been appointed head coach of the Kings of Sydney for the 2014-2015 campaign. During this time, he served as assistant coach of the Australian women’s basketball team and helped the team win third place at the 2014 World Cup and fifth place at the 2016 Olympics. In 2016, Cotter was hired to advise the Sri Lankan basketball federation on the men’s and women’s teams.
At the beginning of the 2017-18 season Cotter traveled to North America and was hired by the Brooklyn Nets – Long Island Nets G-League team as assistant coach. At the end of the season, he was hired for the same role by the Washington Wizard G-league team, Capital City Go-Go. He then went over to the G-League Bulls team as head coach.
Billy Schmidt’s been following Billy Donovan since they moved to Florida. During the 2014-2015 season he was assistant coach of the alligators. Donovan subsequently joined the NBA in Thunder where he held the positions of Quality Control Coach (2015-2019), Assistant Coach (2018-2020) and Director of Quality Control (2019-2020).
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Before joining Donovan in Florida, Schmidt spent the last 11 seasons as an assistant at the University of Dayton (2003-2011) and Georgia Tech (2011-2014) under head coach Brian Gregory. Schmidt started his career as a student manager at Wake Forest (1988-92).
In the years 1992-1994, Schmidt worked as an assistant coach at the renowned Oak Hill Academy. Oak Hill has won the championship every season he’s been there. Schmidt further developed his assistant coaching career in Tennessee (1994-97), Northwestern (1997-2000), Seton Hall (2000) and Michigan (2001-03).
We must not forget the development coordinators of the actors.
Henry Domercant, a graduate of North Naperville and the University of East Illinois Basketball, has experience in the G-League and other European countries. His coaching career has spanned 2017-2018 with the Maine Red Claws and 2018-2020 with the Windy Bull City of the G-League as assistant coach.
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Ronnie Burrell had almost the same playing experience as Domercant. During his playing career he went abroad, but his only coaching experience was a year as assistant coach with the Long Island G-League Network.
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Tai Ebbot previously held the positions of player development manager and player development specialist for the Sixers G-League and the NBA team respectively. As a player, he was the first All Pac 12 team in Arizona and then played professionally in Europe.
Arizona State Guard Tai Abbott (3) is on the baseline during the first half of the NCAA basketball game against Washington State on Thursday 20. January 2011, in Pullman, Washington. Abbott leads the state of Arizona by 16 points. Washington State won 78-61.
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Last year Max Rothschild also came from the Sixers organization as head of player development. Prior to his role in the Sixers he was team captain and a striking star of the Penn Quakers.
Photo : University of Pennsylvania
It is interesting to note that both Abbott and Rothschild were snatched from the Sixers by Marc Eversly, who worked for the organization, before he was appointed CEO of Bull.
This coaching staff has a long list of playing and coaching experiences, both here in the United States and abroad. I hope that all this knowledge will be sewn together and that the bulls will bring the best product on the ground this year.
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