Brett Gunning begins his fourth season with the Houston Rockets and his first as an assistant coach. Gunning began with the Rockets as the team’s Director of Player Development, where he was responsible for improving player performance through on-court, one-on-one skill development and the use of video analysis.
Gunning joined the Rockets in 2008 after seven seasons on Jay Wright’s staff at Villanova University. During his stay with the Wildcats, Gunning played a vital role in recruiting and developing a unit that secured four straight NCAA Tournament berths and made three appearances in the Sweet 16. Gunning was named associate head coach in 2005 and was recognized following the 2007-08 season as one of the top-25 assistants in the nation by rivals.com. His responsibilities with the Wildcats included on-court teaching, recruiting and scouting.
A part of Wright’s staffs at both Hofstra University and Villanova, Gunning was an integral part of the rebirth orchestrated at Hofstra over his seven seasons. He was part of a staff that built the Pride into an America East powerhouse that posted a 72-22 (.766) record from 1998-2001. Gunning, who assisted with recruiting, individual instruction, scouting and film analysis at Hofstra, was also instrumental in the development of Pride players.
A native of Broomall, Pennsylvania, Gunning graduated from Malvern Prep in 1990 and spent two years as a team manager during his undergraduate studies at Villanova before accompanying former Wildcats Head Coach Rollie Massimino to UNLV in 1992. He then served two years as a student assistant with the Runnin’ Rebels, earning his bachelor’s degree in 1994.