Bryan Gates

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Bryan Gates
Minnesota Timberwolves
PositionAssistant coach
Personal information
BornAnchorage, Alaska
Career information
CollegeBoise State
Coaching career1997–present
Career history
As coach:
1997–2001Idaho Stampede (assistant)
2001–2004Oklahoma Storm
2004Florence Flyers
2004–2005Beirut Blue Stars
2005–2006Austin Toros (assistant)
2006–2009Idaho Stampede
2009–2010Sacramento Kings (assistant)
20102015New Orleans Pelicans (assistant)
2015–2016Minnesota Timberwolves (assistant)
20162019Sacramento Kings (assistant)
2019–presentMinnesota Timberwolves (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

Bryan Gates is an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Before joining the Timberwolves, Gates was an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans. Outside of the National Basketball Association, Gates was the head coach of the Beirut Blue Stars, Oklahoma Storm, and Idaho Stampede, and while with the Stampede twice won the NBA G League Coach of the Year Award.

Early life and education[edit]

Gates spent his childhood in Anchorage, Alaska as a ball boy during the Great Alaska Shootout tournaments. After completing his post-secondary education at Boise State University, he declined a job in technology to work in basketball.[1]


Gates began his D-League career as an intern with the Idaho Stampede in 1997.[2] He was promoted to assistant coach for the Stampede in 1997 and worked with the team until 2001.[3] During this time period, Gates also was an assistant coach for the Rapid City Thrillers when the team was a member of the International Basketball Association.[4]

In 2001, Gates became a member of the United States Basketball League as the Oklahoma Storm's head coach. He remained with the Storm until 2004 and won the Western Conference division title three times.[5] When the Florence Flyers became an USBL team in 2004, Gates was chosen as their head coach.[6] He resumed his D-League career in 2005 as an assistant coach for the Austin Toros. The following year, he became head coach of the Idaho Stampede in 2006 and led his team to win the 2007-08 D League Championship.[3]

In 2009, Gates went to the National Basketball Association and became an assistant coach for multiple teams. He started with the Sacramento Kings in 2009.[4] He then worked with the New Orleans Pelicans from 2010 to 2015 and the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2015 to 2016.[7] In 2016, Gates returned to the Sacramento Kings until he rejoined the Timberwolves in 2019.[8][9] Outside of the United States, Gates coached the Beirut Blue Stars of the Lebanese Basketball League from 2004 to 2005.[5] He was also an assistant coach for the Canada men's national basketball team that played at the 2015 Pan American Games.[10]


Gates was named the NBA G League Coach of the Year with the Stampede in 2007 and 2008.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Gates is married with three children.[12]


  1. ^ "NBA insider: Wolves assistant Bryan Gates doing what he loves". Star Tribune. 28 February 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Gates to be Recognized on Court Before Tonight's Season Opener". Our Sports Central. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b Ratke, Kyle (5 March 2016). "Bryan Gates Is Enjoying The Journey". NBA. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b Berger, Ken (24 September 2014). "For many NBA assistants, the road to glory is well-traveled". CBS Sports. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Bryan Gates". NBA. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Florence Flyers announce Brian Gates as head coach for inaugural season". OurSportsCentral. 20 February 2004. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Senior Mens Assistant Coach Bryan Gates to Co-headline Friday night at NCCP super clinic". Canada Basketball. May 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  8. ^ Ham, James (1 June 2016). "Source: Ex-Kings assistant Gates set to join Joerger's staff". NBCS Bay Area. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  9. ^ Ratke, Kyle (5 July 2019). "Minnesota Timberwolves Name Bryan Gates Assistant Coach". NBA. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Canadian Men's Basketball Team Announced for Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games". Canada Basketball. 18 July 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Kings add Bryan Gates to Coaching Staff". Sacramento Kings. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  12. ^ Eichenhofer, Jim (24 August 2011). "The 'Little Three': Gates Triplets Have Incredible Story". New Orleans Pelicans. Retrieved 23 November 2018.