One of the most successful minor league basketball coaches in history, David Joerger will enter his sixth season as an assistant on the Grizzlies’ bench.
Before earning his first NBA assistant coaching job with the Grizzlies, Joerger gained fame as head coach of the 2007 NBA D-League Champion Dakota Wizards, afterward becoming just the sixth head coach in D-League history to join the NBA coaching ranks.
The WizardsÂ¹ championship was Joerger’s fifth as a head coach. With one International Basketball Association (IBA) title and three in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), Joerger also owns two CBA Coach of the Year Awards and a head coaching record of 232-117 (.665).
After finishing his playing career at Moorhead State, Joerger got his start as the Dakota Wizards’ general manager when they were members of the IBA. He received his first opportunity on the sidelines as an assistant coach during the 1997-98 season. After three years as an assistant, Joerger replaced head coach Duane Ticknor and led the Wizards to their first championship during the 2000-01 season. Prior to the 2001-02 season, the Wizards moved into the CBA where Joerger led the team to another title. Continuing his success, Joerger captured his third title in four years after the Wizards defeated the Idaho Stampede to win the 2004 CBA Championship.
During the summer of 2004, Joerger moved to Sioux Falls to become the head coach of the Skyforce and proceeded to win his fourth CBA Championship, giving him more minor league championships than minor league-turned-NBA head coaches Phil Jackson, George Karl, Eric Musselman and Flip Saunders combined.
An excellent teacher of the game, Joerger had 18 of his players called up to the NBA from 2003-07.
Joerger and his wife, Kara, are the parents of two daughters, Alli, 9, and Kiana, 6.