After a standout career as a player lasting 18 seasons in the NBA and two years at UNC, Jerry Stackhouse is starting to make a name for himself as a coach.
The 42-year-old Kinston native served as an assistant for the Toronto Raptors last season, before taking a job as the head coach of Toronto’s NBA D-League affiliate–a squad called Raptors 905.
On Wednesday, Stackhouse was named the D-League’s Coach of the Year for the work he’s done guiding his own team.
Under Stackhouse’s leadership, Raptors 905 posted an Eastern Conference best 39-11 record in the regular season–and are currently playing in the conference finals.
The team also set a new D-League record with 21 road victories, while posting the league’s top defense in both points allowed (98.8) and field goal percentage (42.8).
With his eyes likely set on earning an NBA head coaching job in the future, this honor should help prove Stackhouse’s credentials as teams begin their annual search processes in the upcoming offseason.