With Jerry Sichting moving on to Phoenix, the Wizards have promoted former advance scout Pat Sullivan to the role of full-time assistant. Sullivan replaces Sichting, who left two weeks ago to become the lead assistant with new Suns Coach Jeff Hornacek.
“Gives us a guy that’s good with working with guys on the floor, and that’s why I brought him in last year initially,” Coach Randy Wittman said of Sullivan on Friday at the news conference for draft pick Otto Porter Jr.
Sullivan joined the Wizards last season after having previous stints as an assistant with the Detroit Pistons and the New Jersey Nets. A native of Bogota, N.J., Sullivan played college basketball at North Carolina, where he was one of just eight Tar Heels to reach three Final Fours (1991, 1993 and 1995). He later worked as an assistant at North Carolina and North Carolina-Wilmington before joining Larry Brown’s staff with the Pistons, serving as assistant coach/video coordinator when the team won the championship in2004.
Don Newman, Don Zierden and Sam Cassell with continue to sit next to Wittman on the bench, while Sullivan and Ryan Saunders are expected to stay behind the bench. After the Wizards selected Porter and Glen Rice Jr. in the draft, Wittman said the team remains relatively young, which might lead him to add another developmental coach to his staff.
“I’m not going to just hire anybody, but if I find a situation like that, I might tweak something there,” Wittman said.
Wittman said he is excited about the possibilities to experiment with his roster after the addition of the 6-foot-8 Porter.
“What he brings to the table is just not a one-trick pony…He’s not going to be a guy that’s going to be labeled. He’s a rebounder; he blocks shots; he’s a shooter — he’s a basketball player, and we need basketball players.”