Ohio State Hires Former NBA Assistant Brandon Bailey As Full-Time Assistant Coach

By Griffin Strom on June 8, 2023 at 1:57 pm
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Chris Holtmann has made a new assistant coaching hire.

According to a report from The Columbus Dispatch, the Buckeyes have added longtime NBA assistant Brandon Bailey to their staff as a full-time assistant coach alongside Jake Diebler, Jack Owens and Mike Netti. College basketball programs were previously allotted three on-court assistant coaching positions, but an NCAA rule change will allow collegiate staffs to have up to five beginning on July 1.

Bailey began working as a video intern for the Boston Celtics in 2011 and worked his way up in the organization, eventually serving as the head coach of the Celtics' G-League affiliate team, the Maine Red Claws, during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. Bailey was then hired as an assistant coach on Brad Stevens' staff in 2019 and became an advanced scout for the franchise during the 2021-22 season.

Bailey departed from the Celtics staff ahead of this past season, which he spent on the Detroit Pistons' staff as an assistant/player development coach.

Before earning an opportunity in the NBA, Bailey worked with the DePaul women's basketball program from 2005-09 and then served as a graduate assistant for the school's men's basketball team from 2009-11.

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