The Atlanta Hawks have added a pair of new additions to their coaching staff with the hires of Charles Lee and Ben Sullivan, it was announced by Head Coach Mike Budenholzer on Wednesday.
“Charles and Ben bring unique skills and abilities to our staff. Both have strong backgrounds in player development that will complement our emphasis on internal team improvement,” Budenholzer said. “We feel very fortunate to add them and are excited to see how they positively impact our group.”
Lee, 29, spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater Bucknell University. As a player, he was the 2006 Patriot League Player of the Year. After graduating that same year, the 6’3″ guard played with the San Antonio Spurs during the summer league and preseason, but did not make the regular season roster. He has played professionally in Israel, Belgium and Germany.
Sullivan, 30, most recently worked for the San Antonio Spurs in basketball development and as an assistant video coordinator last season. He is a graduate from the University of Portland and played professionally overseas with stops in China, Germany and Chile. The 6’10” big man began his coaching career in 2009 with his alma mater, then went on to become an assistant coach at Lewis & Clark College in Portland before joining the Spurs.
Lee and Sullivan join current assistant coaches Kenny Atkinson, Darvin Ham, Taylor Jenkins and Neven Spahija, who was hired in early August, on the Hawks’ coaching staff.