Lloyd Pierce was on April 22 named as an assistant coach for the 2019-20 USA Basketball Men's National Team. The USA coaching staff will lead the USA National TEam in 2019 and 2020, which will include the 2019 FIBA World Cup Aug. 31-Sept. 15, 2019, in China, and, if the USA qualifies, at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan July 24-Aug. 9.
The USA Men's National Team will begin its pre-World Cup training on Aug. 5 in Las Vegas.
“It's an honor to receive this opportunity to represent our country and to work with such great coaches and staff,” said Pierce. “My family and I are excited about and committed to enjoying this journey.”
Completing in 2018-19 his first season as an NBA head coach, Pierce was named the 13th full-time head coach in Hawks history on May 11, 2018. In his first season with Atlanta, he led the club to a five win improvement over 2017-18 and he and his staff were instrumental in the development of rookies Trae Young, Kevin Huerter and Omari Spellman, along with second-year big man John Collins.
Pierce, 42, came to the Hawks following five years as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers, who finished the 2017-18 season third in the Eastern Conference with a 52-30 mark and advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Under Pierce’s guidance, the Sixers’ defense led the NBA in field goal percentage defense (.434), ranked second in 3-point percentage allowed (.342) and was third in defensive rating (102.0). Two Philadelphia players, Robert Covington (First Team) and Joel Embiid (Second Team), earned NBA All-Defensive selections.
Pierce joined the Sixers after two seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, where he was assistant coach- player development, helping lead the Grizzlies to back-to-back playoff appearances and the Western Conference Finals in 2013.
He spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors after three years as assistant coach-player development with Cleveland (2007-10), where the Cavaliers made three playoff appearances and a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2009.
Prior to his NBA coaching career, Pierce was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Santa Clara University, from 2002-07. The San Jose, California, native played four seasons for the Broncos, where he teamed with two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash.