Thunder announces training team updates

Kameron Woods Named Oklahoma City Blue Head Coach

OKLAHOMA CITY, September 23, 2022 – The Oklahoma City Thunder have named Chip Engelland and Grant Gibbs as assistant coaches, the team announced today. Engelland and Gibbs join current Thunder assistants Dave Bliss, Mike Wilks and David Akinyooye, as well as assistant coach/player development Eric Maynor and assistant coach/program development Connor Johnson, on head coach Mark Daigneault’s team. Furthermore, Kameron Woods was named head coach of Oklahoma City Blue.

Engelland joins the Thunder with 23 years of experience as an NBA head coach. He spent the last 17 seasons with the Spurs as an assistant coach where he won two NBA championships (2007, 2014). The California native began his coaching career as a shooting analyst for the Detroit Pistons before transitioning to work with the Nuggets for two seasons as director of player development. A Duke University graduate, Engelland played four seasons for the Blue Devils, becoming the team’s captain in his senior year. He also enjoyed a nine-year professional career in the Philippines, Canada and CBA.

Gibbs joins the Thunder’s bench after serving as Blue’s coach for the past three seasons. He becomes Blue’s third coach to join the Thunder’s coaching staff. During the 2021-22 season, Gibbs helped lead Blue to the championship game in the first year of the G League Showcase Championship Cup. He originally joined the Thunder organization as Blue’s assistant coach in 2017 after a three-year international playing career that included stints in the Netherlands and Germany. Gibbs enjoyed a successful collegiate playing career at Gonzaga and later at Creighton, where he served as captain of the team.

Woods is expected to take over head coaching duties with the Blue after spending the past four seasons with the organization, most recently serving as an assistant coach for the Thunder. Product Butler played two seasons with Blue (2015-2017) before starting his coaching career. Last July, Woods served as head coach for the Thunder’s summer league team, where he led Oklahoma City to a 5-3 record during summer league competition in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.

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