NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Hornets hired former Charlotte assistant coach Dave Hanners to complete their coaching staff Tuesday.
Hanners, who was the lead assistant under Larry Brown for 2-1/2 seasons with the Bobcats, filled a vacancy created when Hornets lead assistant Mike Malone took a similar job with Golden State in the spring.
New Orleans coach Monty Williams promoted assistant Randy Ayers to lead assistant shortly after Malone’s departure and Hanners filled the ensuing vacancy.
Terms of the contract were not released.
“Dave is an experienced coach both on the collegiate and professional level who has won a championship on each level,” Williams said in a team news release. “He brings many tools that will help strengthen our coaching staff and help grow our players. Dave has learned from two of the best coaches in the game, Larry Brown and Dean Smith, and will be a valuable resource to our organization.”?
Hanners also served as an assistant with Brown for six seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers (2000-03), Detroit Pistons (2003-05) and New York Knicks (2005-06). Hanners spent two additional seasons on the Knicks bench (2006-2008), was an assistant coach for Detroit’s 2003-04 NBA Championship team, as well as the 2000-01 76ers and 2004-05 Pistons teams that won Eastern Conference titles.
“I am extremely happy to be a part of the Hornets organization,” Hanners said in the release. “Monty is a gifted, young coach in this league who is a tireless worker and always strives to be better. I was fortunate enough to coach him for a season and now will be fortunate to work with him as he continues to build the Hornets into a consistent, winning organization.”
Hanners and Ayers worked together as assistants under Brown with Philadelphia from 2000-03. Williams played with the 2002-03 76ers in his final professional season.