Pistons add three to coaching staff
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – The NBA world champion Detroit Pistons
Monday announced the signings of Gar Heard, Phil Ford and Pat Sullivan as
assistant coaches. Per club policy, terms of the deals were undisclosed.
Heard, who served as the head coach of the Washington Wizards for a portion of
the 1999-2000 season, will be re-united with Larry Brown, who had the former
NBA player on his staffs at Indiana and Philadelphia. Heard will be making his
second stop as a Pistons assistant, having previously spent the 1998-99 under
former coach Alvin Gentry.
Heard, who will be entering his 14th campaign as an assistant coach, worked
with Brown at Indiana from 1993-97 as well as the 1998-99 season with the
Ford, the 1979 NBA Rookie of the Year while with the Kansas City Kings, has
spent the last four years as vice president of the Rams Club at his alma
mater, North Carolina. The three-time All-American was an assistant at UNC
from 1998 to 2000.
Sullivan, also a North Carolina alumnus, will shift to the bench after serving
as Detroit’s video coordinator last year. He played in three Final Fours
(1997, 1998, 2000) during his tenure as a Tar Heel.