Coby Karl, Head Coach
Coby Karl enters his fifth season as head coach of the South Bay Lakers in 2020-21, owning an 83-67 (.553) record for his career.
Among his notable accomplishments, Karl is a former G League Coach of the Month that has developed nine Gatorade Call-Ups. He helped guide the Lakers to their first Pacific Division title in 2016-17 and that season was named head coach of the Western Conference All Star Team, following a G League-record-tying 24-6 record to start the year. In 2017-18, Karl guided the Lakers affiliate to the Western Conference Finals.
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, while also playing professionally in Spain, Italy and Germany. He stepped into his first coaching role as an assistant with the Westchester Knicks in 2015-16, following the conclusion of his playing career.
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, where he earned First Team All-WAC honors for the Broncos during his senior season in 2007. He is the son of NBA veteran coach George Karl.
Brian Walsh, Assistant Coach
Brian Walsh enters his sixth season with the South Bay Lakers in 2020-21, bringing an extensive background of coaching with him.
A teacher of the game at virtually every level, Walsh gained a wealth of experience at the international level by working in a coaching capacity in countries such as Venezuela, Belarus, China and Vietnam. Before joining the South Bay Lakers staff , he helped develop
younger players at Albuquerque (NM) High School.
Walsh got his start at the professional level with the New Mexico Slam of the International Basketball League, serving as head coach and director of player personnel. He has served as an assistant at the G League level with the Lakers, Dakota Wizards, Colorado 14ers and Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Eventually ending the 2007-08 as the Vipers’ head coach, Walsh closed the season with a 4-0 record and continues to hold the G League’s highest career win percentage in a head coaching role. Internationally, Walsh took over as head coach of the Al Ahli Professional Sports Club in 2009-10, winning the SBL U19 Championship, while reaching the semi-finals of the Arab Nations Cup.
He also served as head coach of Gambusinos De Fresnillo in Mexico (2006) and was an assistant for Guaiqueries in Venezuela (2012-13).
Sean Nolen, Assistant Coach
Nolen enters his fourth season as an assistant coach with the South Bay Lakers in 2020-21.
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 fourth season as an assistant coach with the South Bay Lakers in 2020-21.
Prior to joining the Lakers affiliate, Johnson previously served as a coaching assistant with the team in 2016-17. He entered the coaching ranks while working at The Hoop in Salem, Oregon, a competitive basketball training facility that works with young basketball players.
Johnson played a year at Western Oregon University, earning Great Northwest Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year honors, before transferring to Portland State, where he led the Vikings in assists in his final season in 2011-12. His basketball career dates back to his days at St. Francis DeSales (OH) High, where he led his team to two undefeated league championships and was a first-team all-league selection for three years. He went on to play a year in the International Basketball League before transitioning to a coaching and mentorship role. He is a native of Columbus, Ohio.
Misha Cavaye, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Massage Therapist & Equipment Manager
Misha Cavaye enters his fifth 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 fourth season as the video coordinator for the South Bay Lakers in 2020-21.
Beaumont joined the Lakers affiliate after previously serving in the same capacity for the Indiana Fever of the WNBA and the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA G League. He has also held roles as an assistant video coordinator with the WNBA’s Chicago Sky and a statistics coordinator for the Chicago Bulls. A native of Chicago, Beaumont earned his Bachelor’s in Sports Management from Loyola University.