The Delaware 87ers announced Wednesday that Dan Tacheny, Phil Martelli Jr., Curtis Sumpter, Mfon Udofia and Matthew Lilly have been added to the Sevens coaching staff.
Tacheny and Martelli Jr will serve as assistant coaches, Sumpter as as Player Development Coach, Udofia as Player Development/Video Associate, and Lilly as Basketball Operations Assistant.
These five new coaches join newly appointed head coach Eugene Burroughs as the Sevens continue to revamp their staff.
Sevens General Manger Brandon Williams said this of the changes that have happen in the off season for the 87ers:
“The 87ers organization is fortunate to have a balanced coaching roster of NBA, international and collegiate coaching experience to blend with former professional players of leagues across the globe, as well as the D-League itself.” “
We couldn’t be more thrilled to begin a new phase of development, helping young players push their limits while they dream big. I’m confident that this staff will push each other to great accomplishments.”
Dan Tacheny joins the Sevens with head coaching and working at the NBA level experience. Tacheny most recent position was with the Washington Wizards as a Coordinator of Player Development from 2014-2016. His other NBA experiences includes working as an advance scout for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic. Also, Tacheny spent four years as a head coach of Rayos de Hermosillo of the Circuito de Baloncesto de la Costa del Pacifico (CIBACOPA) in Mexico. Tacheny graduated from UNLV.
Phil Martelli Jr. joins the Sevens after serving five seasons as the Assistant coach at the University of Delaware. Martelli Jr. has also coached at Niagara University, Manhattan College and Central Connecticut State University. Martelli Jr. played four seasons at Saint Josephs University under his father, the legendary Phil Martelli.
Curtis Sumpter joins the Sevens from their affiliate the Philadelphia 76ers where he served as Player Development Assistant since 2013. Sumpter started his coaching career with his alma mater, Villanova University where he served as Director of Student Athlete Development. During his four year career as a player at Villanova, Sumpter earned a First Team All-Big East honors in 2007. Then after college Sumpter played in Germany, France, Belgium and Greece. Sumpter’s last stop as a player was in the D-League for the Tulsa 66ers during the 2011-2012 season.
Mfon Udofia might be new a face as a coach to the Sevens but as player he knows what the Sevens are about. Udofia was drafted by the 87ers in the 2013 NBA D-League Draft. As a player, Udofia played at Georgia Tech for four years and then played internationally for Siarka Tanobrzeg ( Poland) and then the D-League’s Austin Spurs.
Matthew Lilly is coming back to the Sevens after serving last season as Video Coordinator/Operations Intern, which now he will be a full time staff member. Lilly has three years of D-League experience, one with the 87ers and the other two with the Erie Bayhawks. Lilly as Towson graduate also had a stint on the staff of Towson’s women’s basketball program.