DELAWARE 87ERS FINALIZE 2017-18 COACHING STAFF
NBA G League coaching veteran David Gale added to Eugene Burroughs’ bench; team hires first strength & conditioning coach
WILMINGTON, DE – OCTOBER 23, 2017 – Delaware 87ers General Manager Elton Brand today announced that the team has named David Gale as Assistant Coach and promoted Mfon Udofia to Assistant Coach, Player Development. The duo joins Head Coach Eugene Burroughs and Assistant Coach Dan Tacheny, both returning from last season.
“We feel extremely fortunate to add someone of Coach Gale’s caliber to our talented and hard-working staff,” said Brand. “His experience as a seasoned, championship-winning coach in the NBA G League is a key addition. Our collective staff – under the leadership and guidance of Coach Burroughs – will be an invaluable resource for our young and developing roster.”
In addition, the team promoted Matt Lilly to Director, Basketball Operations & Scouting and added Cliff Spiller as the team’s first Head Strength & Conditioning Coach in franchise history. Mario Mascioli returns as Head Athletic Trainer.
Gale comes to the Sevens after more than six years with the Raptors organization. He spent the previous two seasons (2015-17) as an Assistant Coach for the Raptors 905 and helped lead the team to the 2017 title. Prior, he worked as Assistant Video Coordinator (2011-13) and Assistant Video Coordinator/Player Development (2013-15) for the Toronto Raptors, aiding the coaching staff with defensive game plans and identifying opponent play calls from the bench. During the summers, Gale was based in Los Angeles and helped organize workouts for DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross and Bruno Caboclo. Prior to joining Toronto, Gale spent four seasons as Assistant Video Coordinator for the Los Angeles Clippers. He played basketball collegiately at Loyola University Chicago and earned a BBA in sports management, economics and communications.
Burroughs enters his 22nd season in coaching and his second season as Head Coach for the Sevens, after leading the team to its first winning season in franchise history with a record of 26-24 in 2016-17. Before coming to the Sevens, he spent two years with the Sixers as the team’s Shooting Coach. Burroughs has also served on the coaching staff of Marist College, Penn State, United States Naval Academy, Hofstra University and American University. As a collegiate basketball player, Burroughs graduated from Richmond ranking sixth all-time in steals (127) and assists (316). He helped make history in the 1991 NCAA Tournament when he, then a freshman, sunk a pair of critical free throws with 21 seconds left in Richmond’s 73-69 upset win over Syracuse. It was the first time in history that a No. 15 seed defeated a No. 2 seed.
Tacheny enters his second season as Assistant Coach with the Sevens. He previously was Coordinator of Player Development for the Washington Wizards (2014-16) after four years as Head Coach of Rayos de Hermosillo of the Circuito de Baloncesto de la Costa del Pacifico (CIBACOPA) in Mexico. Tacheny, a UNLV graduate, has an additional half-decade of NBA experience, having worked as an advance scout for both the Minnesota Timberwolves (2007-09) and the Orlando Magic (2004-07).
Udofia, who was selected by the Delaware 87ers in the 2013 NBA D-League Draft ahead of the team’s inaugural season, returns to the Sevens this season as Assistant Coach, Player Development following his role as Player Development/Video Associate last season. Udofia has also played for Siarka Tanobrzeg (Poland) and the Austin Spurs (NBA G League) after starring collegiately at Georgia Tech from 2009-13.
Lilly spent the 2016-17 season as Basketball Operations Assistant for the Sevens and the 2015-16 campaign as Video Coordinator/Operations Intern. The Towson University graduate brings with him three years of NBA G League experience, including two seasons with the Erie BayHawks, in addition to as stint on staff with Towson’s women’s basketball program.
Spiller most recently served as an Apprentice Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Philadelphia 76ers (2015-17). He has also worked as a Performance Coach at Parisi Speed School in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. He was a member of the men’s basketball team at Wagner College and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in government and politics.
Mascioli, LAT/ATC, returns for his second season as Head Strength & Conditioning Coach. He previously was a Staff Athletic Trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers (2014-16) after interning with the Sixers (2013-14). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from West Chester University.
The Sevens also announced the following business operations staff promotions: Alex Yoh (Senior Director, Marketing & Communications), Melissa Caprice (Senior Account Executive), Gabbi Townsend (Senior Account Executive) and Gabriella Papale (Game Operations Coordinator).