Coaches & Staff

Coby Karl, Head Coach

Coby Karl enters his third season as head coach of the South Bay Lakers in 2018-19.

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.

Karl continued to find success in year two with South Bay, leading the team to the Western Conference Finals. Karl became the first coach in team history to receive Coach of the Month honors when he was named NBA G League Coach of the Month in November, after leading the Lakers to an 8-1 start, the best in franchise history. He also helped develop three NBA Call-Ups, Travis Wear (twice) and Andre Ingram, while helping develop current Los Angeles Lakers Josh Hart and 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 fourth season with the South Bay Lakers as an assistant coach, bringing an extensive background of coaching with him.

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 third 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 second 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 second 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.


Heather Mau, Head Athletic Trainer

Heather Mau enters her third 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 third 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 second season as the video coordinator for the South Bay Lakers in 2018-19.

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, Director, Basketball Operations & Player Development

Nick Lagios enters his fourth season with South Bay, and his first in his new role as Director of Basketball Operations & Player Development. Lagios had previously served as the team’s video coordinator and basketball operations assistant and Basketball Operations Coordinator.

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.