Kaleb Canales enters his second season as an assistant coach with the Mavericks, where he will be responsible for coordinating the team’s offense. Canales joined the Mavericks after spending nine years working in various capacities for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Canales served as an assistant coach with Portland from 2008-09 to 2012-13. He spent the final 23 games of 2011-12 as interim head coach of the Trail Blazers. Named to that position on March 15, 2012, Canales, 33 at the time, was the youngest active head coach in the league and the 13th head coach of the Trail Blazers. His 8-15 mark at the helm was better than each of Portland’s previous three interim coaches through 23 games (Stu Inman – 5-18 in 1971-72, Rick Adelman – 7-16 in 1988-89, Kevin Pritchard – 3-20 in 2004-05). The first Mexican-American head coach in NBA history, Canales was elected into the National Hispanic Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
Canales joined the Trail Blazers as a video intern in 2004 and spent the next three seasons as the team’s video coordinator. Prior to the 2008-09 season, Canales continued his rise within the organization when he was promoted to assistant coach/video coordinator and was then promoted to assistant coach in September 2009.
Canales guided the Trail Blazers to a 4-1 mark as head coach in each of the last two NBA Summer League entries. Before joining the Portland staff, Canales spent the 2003-04 season at the University of Texas-Arlington as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program. In 2002-03, Canales was an assistant coach for the boys basketball team at United High School in Laredo, Texas.
Born in Laredo, Canales earned his master’s degree in sports leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University and his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Texas-Arlington. A coach at the NBA’s 2011 Basketball Without Borders program in Brazil, Canales is the co-founder of Assist 13, a program committed to serving, contributing, and developing youth in Laredo, Texas through basketball camps. Born July 7, 1978, Canales is the son of Victor and Alicia Canales, and has a sister, Chantall.
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