OAKLAND — Ahead of Monday’s official media day, the Golden State Warriors announced a slew of promotions throughout the organization, including the elevation of Bruce Fraser to assistant coach, and player development coach Chris DeMarco to assistant coach/Director of Player Development.
During four years as a player-development coach, Fraser was Stephen Curry’s personal shooting coach. DeMarco, who coached the Warriors’ summer league team in 2017, has worked closely with Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney over his last three seasons with the team.
“One of the areas where we want to improve, because of the number of young players on our roster, is the player development aspect,” said head coach Steve Kerr. “The past couple years, we’ve been in recovery mode for much of practice, and our top six or seven guys. Beyond that, we’ve had veteran guys in David West and JaVale McGee and Zaza [Pachulia], so we haven’t being in the position where we have six, seven very young players who need work.”
Having more youth on the roster, Kerr said, made the move natural for DeMarco.
“There’s a clear delineation on the roster between youth and experience,” Kerr said. “The youth need work. We’re going to revamp the way we practice for those guys, and we wanted to put Chris DeMarco in charge of that program.”
As for Fraser, he’s taken on more responsibility with the team in terms of designing offensive schemes, so, again, Kerr said, “it seemed like a natural fit.”
Nick Kerr — Steve Kerr’s son and a former member of the Cal Golden Bears men’s basketball team — has been promoted to assistant video coordinator, after spending last season as a quality assurance assistant for the San Antonio Spurs. He was with the Warriors during the offseason, and the summer leagues.
“He stole all of [Greg Popovich]’s secrets and brought all of that information back, a whole binder full of stuff, which is great,” Kerr joked. “I sort of felt bad when I called Pop telling him I wanted Nick back, because he had such a great experience down there. he’ll be working with Jacob and Khalid and James, those guys probably work the longest hours of any of us on the staff, and it’ll be good for Nick to be in there. Same thing he did in San Antonio, and it’ll be a good role for him, and fun for me to have him.”
Golden State also hired Mike Dunleavy Jr. as a professional scout, and promoted David Kelley to “chief cap-ologist,” general manager Bob Myers said.
Dunleavy, a 15-year NBA veteran, played four years with the Warriors (2002-07), after being drafted by Golden State with the third overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, and played with the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks during his career.
“We’ve been a little short in pro scouting,” Myers said. “You want to have a better understanding of who you’re signing. A lot of teams are getting more involved in pro scouting, and we’ve got some great college scouts, as well. We want to grow organically, we want to reward our people, and we want to keep hiring good people.”
Nick U’Ren was elevated to Director of Basketball Operations, Jonnie West was promoted to Director of Basketball Operations, James Laughlin to Director of Video Operations, Khalid Robinson to Special Assistant to the Head Coach, David Fatoki as Assistant Manager of Basketball Operations, Chloe Walkup to Assistant Manager of Basketball Operations and Jacob Rubin to Basketball Operations Assistant.
In terms of the training staff, along with the previously-announced hiring of Tick Celebrini as the Director of Sports Medicine and Performance, Golden State announced Carl Bergstrom as the performance coach, Gerry Ramogida as the performance therapist and Brett Ballesteros as the Assistant Athletic Trainer and Assistant Performance Coach. Kyle Barbour was promoted to Assistant Performance Coach, while Drew Yoder (head athletic trainer) and Roger Sancho (assistant athletic trainer) return to the staff.
Bergstrom spent the last five seasons as the Assistant Performance Coach for Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps, and in the past has worked with the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks and the Canadian Women’s Olympic Soccer team.