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Raptors Coaches Open House presented by Tangerine


Coaches! Thank you for attending the 11th annual Coaches Open House presented by Tangerine. We hope to see you in the arena next season!

What is the Raptors Coaches Open House?

Raptors Coaches Open House presented by Tangerine offers coaches across all levels a unique opportunity to listen and learn from experienced individuals who know what it takes to successfully teach the game. 

The Toronto Raptors, we recognize the impact that a coach can have in their players' lives at all levels. The goal of this event is to help you as a coach, build a positive team atmosphere while helping young players develop and enhance not only their skills and basketball experience on and off the court. 

The 2022 Coaches Open House is hosted by Canadian Sportscaster, Paul Jones. Paul brings the energy, enthusiasm, hoops knowledge and that personal touch to every conversation bringing us closer to the Raptors staff than ever before!


Update: This event is now complete. See you next season!

9:45am - 10:00am Log in + Trivia
10:00am - 10:45am "D WHAT! and other stuff" with Coach Adrian Griffin
11:00am - 11:25am "Meet the new guys!" with Coach Trevor Gleeson & Coach Earl Watson
11:40am - 12:10pm "Film Session: PNR & Post Doubles" with Coach Jon Goodwillie
12:30pm - 1:00pm "Chalk Talk" with Head Coach Nick Nurse

After each Coach session we will hold a KAHOOT! where the top three winners will be mailed a signed Raptors jersey courtesy from our friends at Tangerine!

What do I get?

- 3 NCCP PD Points*

- Chance to win 1 of 12 Raptors signed jerseys!

- Opportunity to learn from AND get to know our staff from your couch!

*Please refer to page 11 of the Coaches Manual for details on how to claim the points

Meet the speakers

Nick Nurse, Head Coach

Nick Nurse enters his ninth season in Toronto, his fourth as head coach. Nurse was awarded the 2019-20 NBA Coach of the Year award in his second season leading the Raptors. On June 13, 2019, Nurse became the first head coach to win both the NBA and NBA G League titles, when the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals in his first year as head coach of the Raptors.

Nurse coached the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to the 2012-13 NBA D-League championship. Prior to Rio Grande, Nurse coached the Iowa Energy to the 2010-11 NBA D-League championship. Nurse received the 2010-11 Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year award.

A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Nurse began his coaching career at the age of 23 when he became the head coach of Grand View College, making him the youngest college basketball coach in the United States. 

Nurse coached in Europe for 11 years starting in 1996, winning nine championships and two Coach of the Year awards while earning six All-Star head coach selections in the British Basketball League. 

Adrian Griffin, Assistant Coach

Adrian Griffin rejoins the Raptors for his fourth season. His assistance was instrumental in leading the Raptors to their first NBA championship in franchise history in June 2019.

Griffin has previous assistant coaching experience with Oklahoma City, Orlando, Chicago and Milwaukee. 

Before his first coaching debut with the Bucks, Griffin played nine seasons in the NBA with Boston, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, and Seattle. The Wichita, Kansas native advanced to the postseason in five of his nine seasons in the NBA. Before entering the NBA, Griffin was undrafted from Seton Hall and went on to play one season in Italy and three seasons.

Earl Watson, Assistant Coach

Earl Watson enters his first season with the Raptors as an assistant coach. Watson enjoyed a 13-year playing career with Seattle/Oklahoma City, Memphis, Denver, Indiana, Utah and Portland. He was chosen 40th overall by the SuperSonics in the 2001 NBA Draft.

A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Watson began his coaching career as an assistant with the Austin Spurs (2014-15) in the NBA G League. He served as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns the following season before being named interim head coach midway through the 2016-17 campaign. 

Watson graduated from UCLA in 2019 with a degree in history and was named Alumni of the Year by the UCLA Latino Alumni Association. He founded the Earl Watson Elite AAU program – now West Coast Elite – and co-founded the Earl Watson Early Childhood Centre in his hometown of Kansas City. 

Trevor Gleeson, Assistant Coach

Trevor Gleeson enters his first season with the Raptors following eight successful seasons as head coach of the Perth Wildcats in the National Basketball League (NBL). Gleeson captured five NBL championships with the Wildcats and was named the NBL 2021 Coach of the Year. 

A native of Warrnambool, Victoria, Gleeson received his first coaching opportunity in the NBL as a development coach with the Brisbane Bullets. He was appointed head coach of the Townsville Crocodiles. Gleeson led the Crocodiles to consecutive semi-finals and was named the 2011 NBL Coach of the Year. 

On the international stage, Gleeson has served as an assistant with the Australia Boomers (2014-16) and was part of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship and 2016 Rio Olympics. 


Jon Goodwillie is entering in his 17th season with the 2019 NBA World Champions and his third season as an assistant coach. He joined the Raptors in 2005 as a video and administrative intern and was later hired as an assistant video coordinator in 2006 before being elevated to head video coordinator in 2011.

The native of Etobicoke, Ontario, graduated from Brock University in 2003 with a degree in Sport Management. 

Most recently, Goodwillie was an assistant coach on Nurse’s staff with Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. He was also the head coach for the Raptors’ entry at 2019 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, guiding the team to a 2-3 record, after serving as an assistant the previous five years.

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