Phoenix Suns add two former D1 Head Coaches to staff

Two former D1 head coaches have been added to the Phoenix Suns basketball staff. Brian Gregory, who was the head coach at Dayton, Georgia Tech, and South Florida has been hired as the vice president of player programming while former University of Washington head coach Mike Hopkins has joined the Suns staff at an assistant coach.

The Suns released the following statement on the Gregory hiring:

Gregory begins his role with the Suns following 19 seasons as a head coach in NCAA Division I men’s basketball, most recently serving as the head coach at the University of South Florida from 2017-23. Prior to South Florida, where he won the CBI Championship in 2019, Gregory served as head coach at Georgia Tech (2011-16) and as head coach at the University of Dayton (2003-11), where he won the NIT Championship in 2010. Before his head coaching positions, Gregory was an assistant coach under Tom Izzo at Michigan State University from 1999-03, helping the team to two Final Four berths and the 2000 NCAA Championship. His coaching career began in 1990 as an assistant coach for six seasons at Michigan State followed by assistant coach roles at the University of Toledo (1996-97) and Northwestern University (1997-99) before returning to the Spartans. Gregory is a graduate of Oakland University where he played basketball and was a three-year All-Conference honoree.

Hopkins hiring hasn’t been made official yet, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has confirmed the move. Hopkins has spent the past seven seasons as the head coach at Washington before being released this past spring. Prior to his time with the Huskies, Hopkins spent 22-seasons as an assistant at his alma mater Syracuse.

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