Delaware Blue Coats names first head coach

The Delaware Blue Coats General Manager Elton Brand today announced the naming of Connor Johnson as head coach.

Johnson has worked with the 76ers coaching staff for the last four seasons. He will serve as the Blue Coats first head coach since the team changed its name from the Delaware 87ers back in March.

“Connor has been a staple of the 76ers’ coaching staff for the past four NBA seasons, taking on a key role in our player development efforts, while helping drive our culture forward,” Brand said. “Player development, work ethic and culture are the core principles of our program. We know that Connor will strengthen the continuity between the 76ers and Blue Coats and we are excited to have one of the brightest young basketball minds at the helm as we enter a historic first season in Wilmington.”

Johnson will also lead the team through the opening of the new 76ers Fieldhouse on the Wilmington waterfront, where the team will train.

Brett Brown, head coach of the 76ers, said Johnson led the team’s efforts in player development and coaching logistics during a 50-plus win season.

“I am very excited to have Connor Johnson be named the head coach of our G League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats,” Brown said. “Connor has worked very closely with me and my staff over the last four years and has played an important role in developing our culture and our system.”

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