EL SEGUNDO – The South Bay Lakers have announced the team’s staff for the 2017-18 season by welcoming two new members to the franchise to go along with two internal promotions, it was announced today by General Manager Nick Mazzella.
South Bay hired Sean Nolen as Assistant Coach and Anthony Beaumont as Video Coordinator, and have promoted Dane Johnson to Assistant Coach and Nick Lagios to Basketball Operations Coordinator. These new additions join Head Coach Coby Karl, who returns for his second season at the helm, as well as returning assistant coaches Brian Walsh and Isaiah Fox. Heather Mau also returns as Head Athletic Trainer and Misha Cavaye returns in his multifaceted role as Strength and Conditioning Coach, Massage Therapist and Equipment Manager.
Karl returns to lead the Lakers after guiding the team to a Pacific Division title and the second-best record in team history. Karl and the Lakers tied a G League record for the best start in league history when the team posted a 24-6 record to start the year. A veteran of both the G League and the NBA, Karl helped develop Lakers assignment players and produced three NBA Call-Ups in his first season as a head coach.
Walsh brings experience from around the globe in his third season with South Bay. He has coached internationally in Venezuela, Belarus, China and Vietnam in addition to his experience in the G League that has been crucial to the Lakers success. Fox, a University of Arizona basketball alum, returns for his second season with the team, bringing with him his emphasis in player development and trademark energy.
Nolen, a University of Northern Colorado basketball alum, joins Karl’s staff after previously serving as the head basketball coach at Colorado Academy High School since November 2013. 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.
Johnson’s promotion to assistant coach comes after he spent the previous season as a coaching assistant. 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.
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.
n his third year with South Bay, Nick Lagios starts his new role as Basketball Operations Coordinator after spending last season as the team’s Video Coordinator and Basketball Operations Assistant. Lagios worked with the Austrailian National Basketball Team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and also previously worked with the Stanford men’s basketball team.
The South Bay Lakers open their 11th season with a road matchup against the Santa Cruz Warriors on November 4 before returning home for their first game in the UCLA Health Training Center against the Warriors on November 8.
Single-game or season ticket options are available now. For more information, visit www.sblakers.com.