Corey Gaines

Corey Gaines

Corey Gaines
Phoenix Suns
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1965-06-01) June 1, 1965
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Career information
High school Saint Bernard
(Playa del Ray, California)
College UCLA (1983–1986)
Loyola Marymount (1987–1988)
NBA draft 1988 / Round: 3 / Pick: 65th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Position Shooting guard
Number 12, 8, 1, 7, 5
Coaching career 2006–2013
Career history
As player:
1988–1989 New Jersey Nets
1990 Philadelphia 76ers
1990 Denver Nuggets
1993–1994 New York Knicks
1994–1995 Victoria Libertas Pesaro (Italy)
1995 Philadelphia 76ers
As coach:
2006–2007 Phoenix Mercury (asst.)
2007–2013 Phoenix Mercury
2013 Phoenix Suns (asst.)
2015–present Phoenix Suns (asst.)
Career highlights and awards

As coach:

Corey Yasuto Gaines (born June 1, 1965) is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA).


  • Professional career 1
  • Coaching career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Notes 4
  • External links 5

Professional career

Gaines was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 3rd round (65th overall) of the 1988 NBA Draft. A 6'3" (1.90 m) guard from UCLA and Loyola Marymount University, Gaines played in 5 NBA seasons for 4 different teams. He played for the New Jersey Nets (1988–89), Philadelphia 76ers (1989–90, 1994–95), Denver Nuggets (1990–91) and New York Knicks (1993–94). In his NBA career, he played in 80 games and scored a total of 248 points. Gaines also played in a Japanese men's basketball league in the early 2000s.

Coaching career

On November 7, 2007, Gaines became the head coach of the Phoenix Mercury, replacing outgoing head coach Paul Westhead.[1] Gaines had prior experience with Westhead's offense, having played for him at Loyola Marymount University and with the Nuggets. Gaines kept the same offense that Westhead employed, and in 2009, he directed the Mercury to their second WNBA title. Under Gaines' guidance, Diana Taurasi became the second player in WNBA history to win the regular season scoring title, the WNBA MVP Award, the WNBA Championship, and the WNBA Finals MVP Award in the same season.[2]

In November 2011, Gaines was promoted to general manager of the Mercury, taking over a position vacated by Ann Meyers-Drysdale. On August 8, 2013, the Phoenix Mercury announced that they had relieved Gaines of his duties as head coach and general manager, and named former University of Arizona and Grand Canyon University men's basketball head coach Russ Pennell as the team's interim head coach.[3]

During January 2013, Gaines was temporarily promoted to being an assistant head coach for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. However, on July 30, 2015, Gaines would end up being promoted back as a full-time assistant coach for the Suns starting in the 2015-16 NBA season due to some changes with the coaching and player development staffs respectively.[4][5]

Personal life

Gaines' father is African-American and his mother is of Japanese descent.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ Gaines announced as Head Coach of the Phoenix Mercury
  2. ^ "Taurasi, Pondexter lead Mercury to second title in three years". Retrieved 2009-10-10. 
  3. ^ Negley, Cassandra (August 8, 2013). "Phoenix Mercury fire Corey Gaines, hire Russ Pennell as interim coach". Arizona Republic. 
  4. ^ "Suns Announce Basketball Operations Staff Changes". July 30, 2015. 
  5. ^ Coro, Paul (May 29, 2015). "Suns make coaching staff changes, drop Kenny Gattison". 
  6. ^ "Inspire Yourself". Huffington Post. February 9, 2012. 
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External links

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