Gregg Popopvich and Becky Hammon aren't the only coaches in the San Antonio Spurs organization having a stellar offseason. In the same month that Pop landed LaMarcus Aldridge and Becky led the Spurs to the top of the Summer League, the Spurs' little brother from the north announce that they have extended the contract of third-year head coach Ken McDonald. Those hoping for details on the deal are met with the usual response: "per club policy, terms of the contract were not announced."
The Austin Spurs' official press release is below.
SAN ANTONIO (July 27, 2015) - Spurs Sports & Entertainment today announced that Ken McDonald has agreed to a contract extension with the Austin Spurs, the NBA D-League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not announced.
In 2014-15, McDonald led Austin to a first-place finish in the Southwest Division with a 32-18 (.640) regular season record. The team would later advance to the conference finals of the NBA D-League Playoffs. In two seasons as head coach, McDonald owns a 51-49 (.510) overall record.
Last season under McDonald, the Spurs saw three players earn GATORADE Call-Ups (Jarell Eddie, Bryce Cotton and JaMychal Green). Additionally, the San Antonio Spurs recently signed Jonathon Simmons, who spent the past two seasons playing for Austin.
Prior to the Spurs, McDonald served as head coach at Western Kentucky University from 2008-12 where he accumulated a 67-48 overall record. His accomplishments with the Hilltoppers included guiding the school to the Sun Belt regular season and tournament championships in 2009.
The Rhode Island native served as an assistant coach for the University of Texas (2004-08) where he helped guide the Longhorns to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. During his four seasons on the Texas bench the Longhorns posted a 106-35 (.752) record. The 106 wins are still the most victories in a four-year period in school history. Texas captured Big 12 Conference regular-season championships in both 2005-06 and 2007-08 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament "Elite Eight" in both of those years as well.
McDonald has also served as an assistant coach at the University of Georgia (2003-04), Western Kentucky University (1998-2003) and Clemson University (1994-98).
A Providence College graduate, McDonald played two seasons with the Friars before competing professionally for the St. Paul Revelles in Killarney, Ireland from 1993-94. Before transferring to Providence he played two seasons at the Community College of Rhode Island.