Brooklyn Nets to replace coaching staff after Jacque Vaughn request

Jacque Vaugh, who had been in charge on interim basis at first, astonished the owners by impressing them to get the full-time position.

Jacque Vaughn in a file photo [Image Credits: Twitter/@BrooklynNetcast]
By Niranjan Shivalkar | May 2, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Brooklyn Nets have parted ways with assistant coaches Igor Kokoskov, Brian Keefe, and Tiago Splitter. According to Wojnarowski’s sources, head coach Jacque Vaughn is remaking the coaching staff to his liking now that he is the man in control and appears to be emboldened by the Nets to fill out his staff as he sees appropriate. 

In his first year on the staff, Kokoskov was Brooklyn’s offensive leader this year. Having mentored the two-time MVP in Phoenix from 2008 to 2012, the 51-year-old has a deep close connection with Steve Nash, who was sacked eight games into the season. In Oklahoma City during the initial eight seasons of the 13-time All-Star’s career, Keefe was Kevin Durant’s coach. In 2021, he was hired by the Nets as a defensive assistant, and most recently, he participated in a head-coaching interview with the Detroit Pistons. Splitter played in the NBA for seven seasons before his 2019 hire with Brooklyn. The former Spurs center largely collaborated with the Nets’ centers.

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Ryan Forehan-Kelly, Trevor Hendry, Royal Ivey, and Adam Caporn are the current four assistant coaches for Brooklyn. Caporn, an Australian native who attended St. Mary’s University during his collegiate career, served as the Long Island Nets’ head coach the previous year before being promoted to Brooklyn this past season.

Forehan-Kelly signed with the Nets in 2017–18 and spent most of the previous summer and this season collaborating with Nic Claxton. Claxton had a breakthrough season, leading the NBA in field goal % and stocks (steals + blocks). Ivey played in the NBA for ten seasons before joining Brooklyn in 2019. Hendry signed on with the Nets in 2015 and served as the team’s head video coordinator for four years before being elevated to assistant coach.

Jacque Vaugh, who had been in charge on a temporary schedule at first, astonished the owners by impressing them enough to get the full-time position. Despite a lot of instability, he had a 43-32 (.573) record as the Nets’ coach this year, and he guided them to the playoffs (where they were swept by the Philadelphia 76ers in the opening round). Vaughn will now have the chance to select his own team for the upcoming season.

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