Reports had surfaced last week that Charlotte was likely to name Dan Leibovitz and Brian Winters to the coaching staff, but today they made it official. Leibovitz and Winters will now join Rick Brunson and Stephen Silas to complete the assistant coaches next to Mike Dunlap.
Dan Leibovitz has been an assistant at Penn University for the past two seasons and was a head coach at the University of Hartford from 2006-2010. He also served as an assistant to legendary coach John Cheney at Temple University from 1996-2006. Leibovitz, like Dunlap brings a whole of lot collegiate coaching experience to the table. This will be his first gig in the professional basketball ranks.
Brian Winters has a much different coaching background, with most of his coaching experience coming from the NBA. Winters was an outstanding player in the NBA once upon a time- he played for nine season with the Lakers and Bucks and had a career average of 16.2 PPG. Winters was also selected to play in two all-star games during his NBA career. He has attained two head coaching jobs in the NBA and one in the WNBA. Winters was the head coach for the Vancouver Grizzlies from 1995-1997 and the head in Golden State in the 2001-2002 season. Winters most recent head coaching experience came with the Indiana Fever of the WNBA.
Dunlap commented on the completion of his coaching staff with the following statement:
“When I selected my staff I wanted to assemble a group that will care about the players, care about the team and love to teach the game of basketball.”