Bucks hire two new assistant coaches, one with Wisconsin ties
MILWAUKEE - Just days after releasing five assistant coaches, the Bucks have announced two new coaching additions.
Bob Bender and Nick Van Exel, who is from Kenosha, will join Larry Drew’s staff as assistant coaches for the Milwaukee Bucks.
"Bender joins the Bucks after nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, including the last three with Drew as head coach," according to NBA.com. "Van Exel also worked with Drew as a member of the Hawks staff from 2010-12 as the player development instructor."
“Bob and Nick were both important pieces of my staff in Atlanta, and I’m excited that they are joining me on the bench in Milwaukee,” Drew said. “Bob’s merits as a coach have been proven through his past experience, and Nick’s successful career in the NBA gives him a strong platform to mentor and coach our players. They will be dedicated to the task of teaching and building up our young men in order for the Bucks to put a hard-working, committed team on the court.”
Larry Drew did not renew the contracts of assistant coaches Sidney Moncrief, Chris Gilmartin, Anthony Goldwire, Bill Peterson and Joe Wolf on June 12, the same day Bender and Van Exel joined Drew in practice.