With Media Day set for Sept. 27, new Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd did some housekeeping today by putting the finishing touches on his coaching staff. Here’s the press release.
DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks announced today that head coach Jason Kidd has finalized his coaching staff. Per team policy, terms of agreements are not released.
Igor Kokoskov (EEE-gore KO-kosh-kov) joins the Mavericks after having spent the last year as head coach of the Turkish League’s Fenerbache. Kokoskov led Fenerbache to a 20-16 EuroLeague record. The team fell to CSKA Moscow in the EuroLeague playoffs. In Turkish League play, the team tallied a 22-8 record before losing to EuroLeague champion Anadolu Efes in the league finals.
Kokoskov, who owns the distinction of being the first non-American to be a full-time NBA assistant coach, has more than two decades of NBA coaching experience. He joined the L.A. Clippers as an assistant in 2000 before spending five years (2003-08) in Detroit, where he won the 2004 NBA championship. He also served assistant coaching stints with Phoenix, Cleveland, Orlando and Utah before being named head coach of the Suns, a post he held for the 2018-19 season. Prior to returning to Europe, Kokoskov spent the 2019-20 season in Sacramento. The University of Missouri hired Kokoskov to their full-time coaching staff in 1999 as he became the first European to hold that position in NCAA Division I men’s basketball.
The Serbia native is the head coach of the Serbian National Team. He also coached the national teams of Georgia and Slovenia, coaching Mavericks All-Star Luka Dončić and leading the team to the 2017 EuroBasket title.
Sean Sweeney previously worked with Kidd in Milwaukee and Brooklyn. He most recently spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Pistons and the prior four as an assistant with Milwaukee. Sweeney’s NBA career began with the Nets, where he started as video coordinator before being named assistant coach in advance of the 2013-14 season.
Earlier in his career, Sweeney was the video coordinator for the University of Northern Iowa and the director of basketball operations at the University of Evansville. He also held assistant coaching positions at the Anoka Ramsey Community College (Cambridge, MN) and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. The Saint Paul, Minnesota, native played one season at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay before transferring to the University of St. Thomas (Saint Paul) where he was a three-year starter and earned all-conference honors as a senior in 2005-06.
Jared Dudley transitions to an assistant coaching role following a 14-season NBA career. Dudley spent the last two seasons of his playing career with the L.A. Lakers, winning the 2020 NBA title.
Over his career, Dudley played for Charlotte (2007-08), Phoenix (2008-13, 2016-18), the L.A. Clippers (2013-14), Milwaukee (2014-15), Washington (2015-16), Brooklyn (2018-19) and the Lakers (2019-21). Dudley, who grew up in San Diego, owns career averages of 7.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 22.3 minutes in 904 games (286 starts). He was selected 22nd overall by the Bobcats in the 2007 NBA Draft.
Dudley was a four-year starter at Boston College and averaged 15.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals in 36.4 minutes over 130 games for the Eagles. As a senior, he was the ACC Player of the Year, Second Team All-America and All-ACC First Team. Dudley garnered Big East Most Improved Player and All-Big East First Team honors following his sophomore season after being selected to the Big East All-Freshman Team a season earlier.
Greg St. Jean (j-EE-n) comes to Dallas after spending two seasons as a player development coach and advance scout with the L.A. Lakers, helping the organization to the 2020 NBA championship alongside Kidd.
St. Jean was an assistant coach for St. John’s University for four seasons. Prior to his time with the Red Storm, St. Jean spent two years with the Kings as an assistant player development coach and two summers with the Nets. St. Jean recently coached the Mavericks summer league team in Las Vegas.
The Bay Area native was a three-year team captain at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT). His father Garry St. Jean was head coach of the Kings (1992-97) and the general manager of the Golden State Warriors (1998-2004).
Kristi Toliver began her NBA coaching career with the Washington Wizards, where she spent two seasons (2018-20) while concurrently playing for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. Toliver, a 12-year WNBA veteran, has played more than 350 games (275+ starts) with Washington, the Chicago Sky and the Los Angeles Sparks. This season, she’s averaging 9.7 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 18 games (all starts) with the Sparks.
Toliver, who hails from Harrisonburg, Virginia, won two WNBA championships with L.A. (2016) and Washington (2019). She’s garnered several league honors and is a three-time WNBA All-Star (2013, 2018, 2019), 2012 Second Team All-WNBA and the 2012 WNBA Most Improved Player.
Toliver also played professionally in Europe during the WNBA offseason, including stints with Raanana Hertzeliya (Israel), MKB Euroleasing Sopron (Hungary), Samsun Canik Belediyesi (Turkey) and Dynamo Moscow and UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia). She’s been part of six Russian League championships with Dynamo (2013, 2014) and UMMC (2015-18). Toliver was a standout for the University of Maryland, winning the NCAA championship in 2006. Among her many accolades, Toliver finished her career as the 2009 ACC Player of the Year.
Darrell Armstrong, God Shammgod and Peter Patton complete Kidd’s coaching staff. Armstrong will begin his 13th season with the Mavericks, while Shammgod and Patton begin their sixth and fourth seasons, respectively, with the organization.