The Washington Wizards announced they have hired Don Newman to join the team’s coaching staff. Newman, who will be Coach Randy Wittman’s top assistant, spent the past seven seasons with the San Antonio Spurs and was a part of Coach Gregg Popovich’s staff that won two NBA titles.
“Don is an outstanding coach and a great addition to our staff,” Wittman said in statement. “He brings championship experience from his time with the Spurs and has been very successful in every stop of his career.”
Newman began his NBA coaching career in 1999 as an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks. In his four seasons with the Bucks, Milwaukee made three playoff appearances and won the Central Division title in 2000-01.
Newman served as an assistant with the New Jersey Nets during the 2003-04 season, when they captured the Atlantic Division title and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals. He also served as an assistant for USA Basketball during the 2002 world championships.
Newman spent 10 years in college basketball prior to his time in the NBA, including as a head coach with Sacramento State (1992-97) and as interim head coach at Arizona State in 1997, leading the Sun Devils to an 18-14 record and a trip to the NIT.