Atkinson was recently named the Brooklyn Nets' newest Head Coach although currently serving an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks through the rest of the season. He joined the Hawks after serving as an assistant for the New York Knicks for 4 years. Before joining the Knicks, Atkinson spent the 2007-08 season as the Director of Player Development with the Houston Rockets where he was responsible for improving player performance through on-court, one-on-one skill development and the use of video analysis.
Atkinson joined the Rockets after three years serving as the Director of Player Development/Assistant Coach with the Paris Basket Racing Club in France from 2004-06. While in Europe, Atkinson also was a Reebok EuroCamp Coach in Treviso, Italy during the summers of 2005 and 2007. He spent the 2006 summer as the Director of Player Development for the national team of the Republic of Georgia.
Following a standout collegiate career at the University of Richmond where he led the Spiders to a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the Northport, NY-native and St. Anthony's HS (South Huntington) graduate played professionally in Italy, France, Holland, Germany and Spain from 1991-2004.
Head of NBA Africa
Amadou Gallo Fall, a native of Senegal, is Executive Director and Founder of SEEDS Academy (Sports for Education and Economic Development in Senegal), and knows firsthand what it's like to be a promising young athlete in Africa. In the late 1980s, he was serendipitously discovered by a member of the Peace Corps, leading to a basketball scholarship in the United States. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of the District of Columbia with a B.S. in Biology, Fall went on to work for the Senegalese Basketball Federation, mentoring players and providing assistance to bring them to the United States to further their education. In 1998, while accompanying the Senegalese National team to the World Championships, he was hired to be a scout for the Dallas Mavericks, where he rose to serve as Director of Player Personnel and Vice President of International Affairs.
Fall is Head of NBA Africa located in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he leads the NBA's efforts to develop and promote basketball in Africa.
COACH BOB HURLEY
National Championship Coach for the St. Anthony Friars and Naismith 2010 Hall of Fame Inductee
Legendary St. Anthony's high school basketball coach, Bob Hurley, has helped win his teams over 930 games, including 25 state and 3 national championships throughout his 35 year career. Coach set the modern-day New Jersey state high school record with 66 consecutive victories. He has coached 3 NCAA All-Americans and also coached 5 NBA players.
Coach Hurley was a finalist for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Father of Bobby Hurley (former Duke player #7 overall draft pick of the Sacramento Kings in 1993) and Danny Hurley (former Seaton Hall player and current coach at St. Benedicts Prep coach), each of whom played under Coach Hurley at St. Anthony's High School.
Forward for WNBA Connecticut Sun
Chiney, younger sister of Nneka, is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player for the Connecticut Sun. She is 6' 3" and plays power forward. She attended Cypress Fairbanks High School in Cypress, Texas, winning the 5A State Championship in her sophomore and senior seasons as well as playing in three Final Fours with Stanford University. As of January 3, 2014, she holds the record for most rebounds in the history of Stanford Women's Basketball and the Pac-12 Conference. Since her debut in the WNBA in 2014, Chiney was selected 2014 WNBA Rookie of the Year. Chiney and her older sister, Nneka, are the only siblings other than Eli and Peyton Manning to be selected #1 in a draft in any sport.
Forward for WNBA Los Angeles Sparks
Nneka is an American basketball player of Nigerian descent, currently playing for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, after being drafted #1 overall in 2012. She also plays for Dynamo Kursk of Russia. She is 6'2" and plays power forward. Nneka attended Cypress-Fairbanks High School in Cypress, Texas and led them to a 5A State Championship in her senior season. While at Stanford University, she helped the Cardinal reach the Final Four four times. Since arriving in the WNBA, Nneka has been earned numerous accolades including 2014 All-WNBA Second Team selection, 2014 WNBA All-Star, WNBA Player of the Week for games played June 24-June 29, 2014, 2013 WNBA All-Star and 2012 WNBA Rookie of the Year. Nneka and her younger sister, Cheney, are the only siblings other than Eli and Peyton Manning to be selected #1 in a draft in any sport.
Forward for the Miami Heat
Kelly is a Canadian-born professional basketball player for the Miami Heat. He was an NCAA All-American while playing for the Gonzaga University Bulldogs. He was studying for a Master of Business Administration at Gonzaga University, having earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in December 2012.
He announced on April 19, his 22nd birthday, that he would skip his senior year and declare for the NBA draft.He also represents the Canadian national basketball team. Olynyk was selected with the 13th overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2013 NBA Draft and immediately traded to the Boston Celtics. Now with the Miami Heat, Olynyk undoubtedly has a very bright future ahead.
Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder
Sam Presti recently completed his ninth season with the Oklahoma City Thunder after being named the 11th General Manager in club history on June 7, 2007. A year into his tenure with the Thunder, Presti was promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager by Professional Basketball Club Chairman, Clayton Bennett. After his third season at the helm of the Thunder, Oklahoma City experienced one of the largest turnarounds in NBA history. After capturing the franchise's first playoff berth in Oklahoma City, Presti was named NBA Executive of the Year by The Sporting News.
Prior to joining the Thunder, the 35-year-old Presti held a variety of roles with the San Antonio Spurs. After starting in 2000 as a video intern for Gregg Popovich, Presti most recently served as the team's vice-president and assistant general manager from 2005 through 2007. As a member of the Spurs, Presti was part of NBA Championship teams in 2003, 2005, and 2007 as well as five division titles.
Presti earned his bachelor's degree in 2000 in communications, politics and law from Emerson College in Boston, where he was the first Rhodes Scholar nominee in school history. The Concord, Mass. native served as team captain of the Emerson College basketball team during both his junior and senior seasons. In addition, Presti earned All-Academic honors two times and was also twice selected to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference All-Tournament team. He was honored with the Emerson College Young Alumnus Award in 2005.
An accomplished drummer, Presti has produced three music CDs with all proceeds benefiting the Extra Ordinary Needs Fund at Children's Hospital in Boston. In addition, Presti established the Keenan Smith-Anthony Halls Scholarship Fund at his former high school, Concord-Carlisle, to assist students with their college tuition.
Assistant NBA Coach Phoenix Suns and Head Coach for Canadian National Team
Jay Triano is a retired Canadian professional basketball player, a former head coach of the NBA's Toronto Raptors, and currently an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Triano gained recognition during his tenure as coach of the Canadian men's national team. He is also a former national team player, who competed in two Olympics, starting in 1984. He was born in Tillsonburg, Ontario and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario.