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Raptors Coaches Open House presented by Tangerine

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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. 

See How Much You Can Learn at the Toronto Raptors Coaches Open House presented by Tangerine!

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 (2016-18), Orlando (2015-16), Chicago (2010-15) and Milwaukee (2008-10). He has coaching experience with the USA Men’s Basketball National Team in 2014 that captured the gold medal at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.

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. He averaged 4.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 16.8 minutes in 477 regular-season appearances. Before entering the NBA, Griffin was undrafted from Seton Hall and went on to play one season in Italy and three seasons with the CBA with the Atlantic City Seagulls, Connecticut Pride, and Long Island Surf.

In 1998-99 Griffin was named CBA Most Valuable Player and Finals MVP while leading Connecticut to the championship.

Earl Watson, Assistant Coach

Earl Watson enters his first season with the Raptors as an assistant coach. Watson enjoyed a 13-year (2001-2014) 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. The Suns retained Watson as their head coach at the end of the year where he led Phoenix for parts of three seasons before being relieved of his duties early into the 2017-18 season.

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. Watson worked as a broadcaster with NBA TV and the Pac-12 Networks from 2017 to 2021.

Trevor Gleeson, Assistant Coach

Trevor Gleeson enters his first season with the Raptors following eight successful seasons (2013-21) as head coach of the Perth Wildcats in the National Basketball League (NBL). Gleeson captured five NBL championships with the Wildcats (2014, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020), accumulated a record of 171-98 (.636) 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 (1997-2000). He moved on to the Continental Basketball Association where he was an assistant coach with the Quad City Thunder (2000-01) and Sioux Falls Skyforce (2001-02). After parting ways with Sioux Falls, Gleeson returned to the Skyforce in January 2003, taking over as head coach for the remainder of the 2002-03 campaign. He continued as head coach of the Skyforce for the 2003-04 season.

Gleeson, 53, coached for two seasons in South Korea (2004-06) before returning to Australia where he was appointed head coach of the Townsville Crocodiles (2006-11). Gleeson led the Crocodiles to consecutive semi-final appearances (2010-11) and for his efforts was named the 2011 NBL Coach of the Year. For the 2011–12 season, Gleeson moved to the Melbourne Tigers as head coach.

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. Prior to joining the Wildcats in 2013, Gleeson spent two seasons in the Australian Football League (AFL) where he was a skills coach with North Melbourne and Hawthorn.

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. Nurse developed a reputation for his work on the offensive end of the court following a successful tenure as a head coach in the NBA Development League. On June 13, 2019, Nurse became the first head coach to win both the NBA and NBA G League (formerly D-League) titles, when the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in the 2018-19 NBA Finals to win the coveted Larry O’Brien trophy.

Nurse coached the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to a 59-41 mark over two seasons and won the 2012-13 NBA D-League championship. Before taking the reins in Rio Grande, Nurse coached the Iowa Energy to an overall regular-season mark of 124-76 (.620) and led the team to the 2010-11 NBA D-League championship. For his achievements that season, Nurse received the 2010-11 Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year award.

In his first season as Raptors head coach, Nurse led the Raptors to the 2019 NBA Finals – first for the franchise - after taking the Eastern Conference Championship by defeating the Milwaukee Bucks. Under his tutelage, the organization won their first championship in franchise history in June 2019. 

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. He moved on to an assistant coach position at the University of South Dakota where his teams recorded a 46-14 mark.

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. During that time, he also gained coaching experience in Italy, Belgium, and the USBL. Additionally, Nurse served as an assistant coach in the 2012 Olympics for the host British National Team.

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