The Cleveland Cavaliers announced today that Paul Pressey, Chris Jent, Jamahl Mosley and Joe Prunty have been named assistant coaches on Head Coach Byron Scott's staff. The announcement was made by Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant and Head Coach Byron Scott.
Pressey comes to Cleveland with 27 seasons of NBA experience, including spending the last three seasons with the New Orleans Hornets on Coach Scott's staff. Prior to joining New Orleans, he was an assistant coach with the Celtics as a member of Doc Rivers' staff from 2004-06 and served as advance scout during the 2006-07 season. Pressey also spent time with the Orlando Magic (2000-04), Golden State Warriors (1992-94) and the San Antonio Spurs (1994-2000) as an assistant coach, helping the Spurs win their first-ever NBA Championship in 1999. The Richmond, VA native was selected as the 21st overall pick in the 1982 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and averaged 10.6 points, 5.6 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game over his 11-year NBA career. Pressey graduated from the University of Tulsa and helped lead the team to a 50-13 record in his two seasons with the Golden Hurricanes, including the 1981 NIT Championship.
Jent returns to the Cavaliers coaching staff for his second season as an assistant coach. He spent the previous two seasons as the director of player development/assistant coach. Before joining the Cavaliers, he was an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic during the 2004-05 season before being named Orlando's interim head coach for the final 18 games of the season. Jent spent the 2003-04 season with the Philadelphia 76ers as assistant coach/player development. He was a member of the 1994 NBA Champion Houston Rockets and also played for the New York Knicks during the 1996-97 season. He played four seasons (1988-92) at Ohio State and helped lead the Buckeyes to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments and back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 1991 and 1992.
Mosley spent the last five seasons with the Denver Nuggets, including the final three as assistant coach/player development. Most recently, he coached the 2010 Denver Nuggets Summer League team to a 4-1 record. Mosley was a four-year letterman at the University of Colorado from 1997-2001. Following his collegiate career, he played professionally for two years in Australia for the Victoria Titans, one year in Spain with Baloncesto Leon and one year in Korea.
Prunty brings 14 years of NBA coaching experience to the team and spent the last two seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers. He served as an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks from 2005-08, after spending the previous nine seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. During his time with the Spurs from 1996 to 2005, they won three NBA Championships (1999, 2003 and 2005) and Prunty held three different positions including video coordinator, advance scout and assistant coach. He played collegiately at De Anza College in Cupertino, California.