Corey Gaines

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Coach Corey Gaines
Born (1965-06-01) June 1, 1965 (age 48)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
College UCLA (1983–1986)
Loyola Marymount (1987–1988)
WNBA career 2008–2013
Profile WNBA coach profile
WNBA head coach of
Phoenix Mercury (2008–2013)
WNBA assistant coach of
Phoenix Mercury (2006–2007)
Coaching record
Regular season 88–98 (.473)
Postseason 11–9 (.550)
Championships 1 (2009)

Corey Yasuto Gaines (born June 1, 1965) is an American former professional basketball player.

Gaines was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 3rd round (65th overall) of the 1988 NBA Draft. A 6'3" (1.90 m) guard from UCLA and Loyola Marymount University, Gaines played in 5 NBA seasons for 4 different teams. He played for the New Jersey Nets (1988–89), Philadelphia 76ers (1989–90, 1994–95), Denver Nuggets (1990–91) and New York Knicks (1993–94). In his NBA career, he played in 80 games and scored a total of 248 points. Gaines also played in a Japanese men's basketball league in the early 2000s.

On November 7, 2007, Gaines became the head coach of the Phoenix Mercury, replacing outgoing head coach Paul Westhead.[1] Gaines had prior experience with Westhead's offense, having played for him at Loyola Marymount University and with the Nuggets. Gaines kept the same offense that Westhead employed, and in 2009, he directed the Mercury to their second WNBA title. Diana Taurasi became the second player in WNBA history to win the regular season scoring title, the WNBA MVP Award, the WNBA Championship, and the WNBA Finals MVP Award in the same season.[2]

In November 2011, Gaines was promoted to general manager of the Mercury, taking over a position vacated by Ann Meyers-Drysdale.

During January 2013, Gaines was temporarily promoted to being an assistant head coach for the Phoenix Suns after both Dan Majerle and Elston Turner would resign from their roles. He would then continue working under the organization throughout the 2012-13 NBA season until the Suns hired replacement assistant head coaches to replace their old staff, although Gaines would still find work for the organization as a new player developmental coach as of the 2013–14 NBA season.

On August 8, 2013, the Phoenix Mercury announced that they had relieved Gaines of his duties as head coach and general manager, and named former University of Arizona and Grand Canyon University men's basketball head coach Russ Pennell as the team's interim head coach.[3]

Gaines' father is African-American and his mother is of Japanese descent.[4][5][6]

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Preceded by
Paul Westhead
Phoenix Mercury Head Coach
2007–2013
Succeeded by
Russ Pennell