Grant Gibbs enters his third season as the head coach of the Oklahoma
City Blue and has amassed an 28-29 overall record at the helm. In the
shortened 2020-21 season, he led the Blue to an 8-7 record in the G
League bubble and posted a 20-22 record the previous year when the
season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
Gibbs became the seventh head coach in franchise history after he spent
the previous two seasons as an assistant coach for the Blue from 2017-
2019. In his time on the bench, the team went 62-38 (.620) and advanced
to the playoffs in both years.
Gibbs joined Oklahoma City after a three-year international playing career
that included stints in the Netherlands and Germany after he graduated
from Creighton with a degree in journalism.
The Iowa native began his collegiate career at Gonzaga and then
transferred to Creighton after two seasons with the Bulldogs. He played
in 100 games and averaged 7.6 points, 5.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds as
the Bluejays appeared in the NCAA tournament in each of his seasons
with the team.
Gibbs replaced Mark Daigneault as head coach of the Blue, who became
the fourth-straight head coach of the Thunder’s G League affiliate team
to make the move to an NBA bench.
ASSISTANT COACHING STAFF
Daniel Brady is set to return for his third season as an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Blue.
He joined the Oklahoma City organization in the 2018-19 season as a player development coach. He previously worked in video/player development with the Atlanta Hawks for three seasons, as well as stints with the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers. He graduated from University of Missouri–Kansas City with a degree in Business Management.
Sam Newman-Beck joins the Oklahoma City Blue for his first season with the organization.
Newman-Beck most recently served as the Head Coach of the Iowa Wolves, the Minnesota Timberwolves G League affiliate, during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. He spent eight seasons with the Timberwolves organization (2010–2018) as a coaching associate/video scouting director. Prior to his NBA experience, Newman-Beck played college basketball at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, graduating in 2009.
Darnell Foreman enters his first season as an assistant coach with Blue and second with the organization following his stint as a performance analyst for the Thunder during the 2020-21 season.
The New Jersey native played four years at the University of Pennsylvania, earning All-Ivy Honorable mention his senior year (2017-18), before playing two seasons in Germany with Uni Baskets Paderborn and Erdgas Ehingen.