Coby Karl, Head Coach
Coby Karl enters his second season as head coach of the South Bay Lakers in 2017-18.
Karl found great success during his first season leading the team. He helped guide the Lakers to their first Pacific Division title with a record of 34-16, second best in team history, and was even named head coach of the Western Conference All Star Team. Karl guided the Lakers to a 24-6 start to the year, which is tied for the best 30-game start to a season in G League history. In his first year, he helped develop three NBA Gatorade Call-Ups, David Nwaba (twice) and Justin Harper, and helped with the development of Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac.
A former player for the South Bay organization, Karl appeared in 17 games for the team during the 2007-08 season while on assignment from the Lakers. On February 19, 2008, he became the second player in league history to play in an NBAGL and NBA game in the same day, following former Lakers guard Jordan Farmar. As a player, Karl saw action with the Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors of the NBA, as well as with South Bay, Reno Bighorns, and Idaho Stampede of the NBAGL.
The former guard most recently served as an assistant coach on the Westchester Knicks staff during the 2015-16 season at the conclusion of his playing career, helping the Knicks to earn their first playoff berth in franchise history as the team improved from 10-40 in 2014-15 to 28-22 just a year later.
Along with his domestic experience, the son of NBA veteran coach George Karl also knows the international game, having played professionally in Spain, Italy, and Germany.
A native of Great Falls, Montana, Karl attended Homestead High School in Mequon, Wisconsin, before graduating from Boise State University with a B.A. in Communications. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard led the Broncos in points (17.2) and assists (4.0) as a junior, and he averaged 14.8 points and 4.0 assists during his senior season en route to First Team All-WAC honors in 2007.
Brian Walsh, Assistant Coach
Brian Walsh begins his third season with the South Bay Lakers as an assistant coach, bringing an extensive background of coaching with him.
Walsh enjoyed plenty of success in his first year with the team in 2015-16, helping to lead a team that came one win away from an NBA G League Championship. As an integral part of South Bay’s gameplanning, Walsh played a large role in developing one of the league’s most efficient units.
A teacher of the game at virtually every level, Walsh played a role in developing younger players as an assistant at Albuquerque High School in 2014-15. Prior to that, Walsh gained a wealth of experience at the international level, working in a coaching capacity in countries such as Venezuela, Belarus, China and Vietnam.
Walsh got his start at the professional level with the New Mexico Slam as head coach/director of player personnel, before joining the Baylor University staff as an assistant coach and lead scout. Prior to the 2004-05 season, Walsh joined the Dakota Wizards staff as assistant coach under head coach Casey Owens, who would later take over as head coach for the D-Fenders. In 2006, Walsh got his first head coaching experience with Gambusinos De Fresnillo in Mexico, before joining the Colorado 14ers staff later that year. With Walsh solely responsible for scouting and player development, the 14ers reached the Finals. Walsh’s G League experience continued as he spent the 2007-08 season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in an associate head coaching role, eventually closing out the season as interim head coach. Prior to the 2009-10 season, Walsh took over as head coach of the Al Ahli Professional Sports Club, winning the SBL U19 Championship, while reaching the semi-finals of the Arab Nations Cup. In 2012-13, he once again sat alongside Owens as an assistant for Guaiqueries in Venezuela.
Isaiah Fox, Assistant Coach
Isaiah Fox begins his second season as an assistant coach with the South Bay Lakers.
Specializing in player development, Fox has mentored players at various levels and prior to joining the Lakers for the 2016-17 season, he was most recently instructing student-athletes at Monrovia High School in nearby Monrovia, California. He has also been a sports program coordinator at a local YMCA chapter in Monrovia, served as an assistant coach with Victor Valley Junior College and founded PDX Basketball, an organization focusing on the development of young players in the community.
A former McDonald’s All-America nominee, the 6-foot-9 Fox lettered for the University of Arizona basketball team from 2002-06. At the conclusion of his collegiate career, Fox was drafted by the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League in 2008 before gaining international experience in Australia, Mexico and Japan.
Sean Nolen, Assistant Coach
Nolen enters his first season as an assistant coach with the South Bay Lakers in 2017-18.
Nolen, a University of Northern Colorado basketball alum, joins Karl’s staff after previously serving as a basketball coach at Colorado Academy High School since November 2013. Nolen started as an assistant and was named Head Coach in the Spring of 2017 before joining South Bay. Nolen led the team to a school record of 24 wins in his first season and brought his team to State Championship Games in 2013-14 and 2014-15. Nolen is also the founder of the Colorado Elite Basketball Academy which he started back in August 2009. The academy is geared toward kids looking to improve their skills while giving them a platform to showcase their talents on the AAU circuit. Nolen served as a coach at the academy and twice led the top teams to National Tournament Championships. Nolen had an accomplished collegiate career, leaving his alma mater having broken 10 school records upon graduation, including most assists in school history (427), a record that remains today.
Dane Johnson, Assistant Coach
Dane Johnson enters his first season as an assistant coach with the South Bay Lakers, after previously serving as a coaching assistant with the team.
Johnson’s basketball career stretches back to his days at St. Francis DeSales High School where he led his team to two undefeated league championships and was a first-team all-league selection for three years. Johnson then played a year at Western Oregon University before transferring to Portland State, where he led his team in assists in his final season. Johnson would then play a year in the International Basketball League before working in Salem, Oregon at The Hoop, a competitive basketball training facility that works with young basketball players.
Metta World Peace, Player Development Coach
Metta World Peace enters his first season as a player development coach for the South Bay Lakers in 2017-18.
World Peace comes to South Bay as a seasoned veteran of the Lakers organization, having spent six seasons as a player with the Los Angeles Lakers (2009-14, 2015-17). World Peace was a key player on the 2010 NBA Champion Lakers and ranks ninth all-time in three pointers made (420) in franchise history. The four-time All-Defensive team selection posted career averages of 13.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in his 17-year career with the Bulls, Pacers, Kings, Rockets, Knicks and Lakers. Originally selected with the 16th overall pick in the 1999 Draft by the Chicago Bulls, World Peace was also named an All Star in 2004, the same year he was named to the All-NBA Third Team and awarded the Defensive Player of the Year.
Originally from Queens, New York, World Peace attended La Salle Academy (New York City) before playing two season at St. Johns (1997-99). World Peace led the Red Storm to the Elite Eight in 1999, and left the university with career averages of 13.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 69 career games.
World Peace also played for the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association and the Pallacanestro Cantu of Italy, before spending his last two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Heather Mau, Head Athletic Trainer
Heather Mau enters her second season as head athletic trainer for the South Bay Lakers.
In her role, Mau will be in charge of monitoring the health of the team and is responsible for injury prevention and treatment of all players. She most recently worked at Cal State Northridge, where she provided services for up to five varsity sports. A graduate of Adelphi University, Mau holds a B.S. in Exercise Science and a Masters in Athletic Training from California Baptist University
Misha Cavaye, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Massage Therapist & Equipment Manager
Misha Cavaye enters his second season with the South Bay Lakers in the multi-faceted role of strength and conditioning coach, massage therapist and equipment manager.
A native of London, England, Cavaye has an extensive history with the Los Angeles Lakers organization, having served as an assistant equipment manager with the team since 2011. Since 2014, Cavaye has been a performance coach with Velocity Sport Performance and a posture therapist for Myodetox, specializing at in-home pain treatment, rehabilitation and other manual therapies. He is a graduate of Cal State Northridge and Concordia University.
Anthony Beaumont, Video Coordinator
Anthony Beaumont enters his first season as the video coordinator for the South Bay Lakers in 2017-18.
Anthony Beaumont will join South Bay as the team’s video coordinator after previously serving in the same capacity for the Indiana Fever of the WNBA and the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Beaumont has also previously served as an assistant video coordinator with the WNBA’s Chicago Sky and a Statistics Coordinator for the Chicago Bulls. Beaumont earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.
Nicholas Lagios, Basketball Operations Coordinator
Nick Lagios enters his third season with South Bay, and his first in his new role as Basketball Operations Coordinator. Lagios had previously served as the team’s video coordinator and basketball operations assistant.
Prior to joining the organization, the University of Colorado graduate, served as a team assistant with the Australian National Basketball Team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. He has also previously worked with the Stanford men’s basketball team and the Sydney Kings.