Dallas Mavericks v Minnesota TimberwolvesDavid S. Fogel is a graduate of Emory University and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. David has been the Executive Director of the NBA Coaches Association (NBCA) since 2017. Prior to this, David served as the NBCA’s Associate General Counsel. David currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He also previously served as an Adjunct Professor at Pace University School of Law, where he taught a course titled “Legal Aspects of Professional Sports.” He has also been a guest lecturer at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and New York University School of Professional Studies, where he has taught several courses on labor relations, the duty of fair representation, alternative dispute resolution, and collective bargaining in sports. David also serves as Co-Chair of the Sports Law Committee for the New York State Bar Association’s Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Section.

As Executive Director of the NBA Coaches Association his mission is to ensure that NBA Coaches have a voice within the on-court and off-court business of the League.  David is committed to honoring the past and protecting the future of the NBCA.


Dallas Mavericks v Minnesota TimberwolvesRick Carlisle is the President of the NBA Coaches Association. Carlisle is one of eleven individuals to have won an NBA Championship as both a player (Boston Celtics- 1986) and a Head Coach. Carlisle got his first Head Coaching job in the NBA with the Detroit Pistons in 2001, where he eventually went on to win Coach of The Year honors in 2002. In 2003, Carlisle was hired as the Head Coach of the Indiana Pacers, where he spent four seasons. In 2007, Carlisle resigned as Head Coach and Executive Vice-President of the Indiana Pacers and began working as a studio analyst for ESPN.  In 2008 Carlisle was hired as Head Coach of the Dallas Mavericks, where he eventually went on to win the NBA Championship in 2011 over the Miami Heat. In November of 2015, Carlisle became the winningest Coach in Dallas Mavericks history and in December of 2017, Carlisle recorded his 700th win against the Los Angeles Clippers, becoming the 18th coach in NBA history to reach the milestone. He now joins San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich and Los Angeles Clippers’ Doc Rivers as the only active coaches to reach 700 wins. Carlisle is on pace to pass John MacLeod (707 wins) at 17th place for all time wins as a coach.

Rick, and his wife, Donna, have a daughter, Abby. Carlisle enjoys golf, piano and spending time with family, which includes two dogs, Moe Norman and Zoe.


Erik Spoelstra NBCAErik Spoelstra began his career with 13 years of serving multiple jobs with the Miami Heat as a Video Coordinator, Assistant Coach/Video Coordinator, Assistant Coach/Advance Scout and Assistant Coach/Director of Scouting. After seven seasons as an Assistant Coach and Director of Scouting, he became the head of the Heat’s Individual Player Development Program where he would gain great respect from players for his teaching abilities. Spoelstra then spent three seasons, 2005-2007, as a Head Coach for Miami Heat’s Summer League team. In 2008, Spoelstra made his Head Coaching debut, becoming the first ever Asian American NBA head coach and first Asian American head coach in the history of the four major North American sports leagues. He would lead the Heat to the playoffs in his rookie head coaching year to eventually making four consecutive Finals appearances from the 2010-11 to 2013-14 seasons. In those appearances, Spoelstra helped the team take back-to-back Championships in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. Spoelstra currently remains the Head Coach of the Miami Heat.

Raised in Portland, Spoelstra earned his degree in Communications from the University of Portland in 1992. In addition, Spoelstra had a 4 year stint as a point guard at his school where was recognized as the Western Conference Freshman Player of the Year in 1989. After graduating, he spent 2 years as a player/coach for Tus Herten, a professional basketball league in Germany. In 2016, Spoelstra married his wife Nikki and announced on his recent birthday, November 1, 2017, that they are expecting their first child.


Portland Trail Blazers v Detroit Pistons Nate McMillan began his career in the NBA after the Seattle SuperSonics drafted him with the 30th pick in the 1986 draft, where he spent his whole 12 year playing career. After retiring in 1998, McMillan stayed with the Seattle franchise, earning a place as an assistant coach. He held this role until 2000, when he was named interim coach of the Sonics . After being named Head Coach in 2001, he coached the Seattle SuperSonics from 2000 to 2005. After 19 years with the Sonics, McMillan left Seattle to become Head Coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, where he held that role from 2005 to 2012.

Since 2013, McMillan has been an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers. McMillan has also been an assistant coach under Mike Krzyzewski for the U.S. National Team in the 2006 FIBA World Championship and in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, winning bronze and gold medals, respectively. McMillan again served as an assistant coach under Mike Krzyzewski for the U.S. National Team during the 2012 London Summer Olympics. After the end of the 2015-16 season, McMillan was promoted to the Head Coach position and was able to take the Pacers into the playoffs. In January 2017, McMillan earned his 500th career win as a coach against the Sacramento Kings, where the Pacers made a comeback after a 22 point deficit. McMillan and his wife Michelle have two children, Jamelle and Brittany Michelle.


David Fizdale NBCA David Fizadale began coaching after concluding his collegiate playing career. The Los Angeles native started his career in the NBA assisting in the HEAT’s video room during the 1997-98 season. After the season with Miami, he began coaching at his alma mater, University of San Diego. He was an assistant coach at USD for four seasons (1998-2002). Along with on-court coaching, he was in charge of scheduling, served as the recruiting coordinator and worked in player development. After concluding 4 seasons with the Toreros, Fizdale served as an assistant coach for Fresno State University.

After five years of coaching at the collegiate level, Fizdale moved his sights to the NBA. He began his NBA coaching career as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors for one season (2003-04). Before his tenure in Miami, Fizdale spent four seasons (2004-08) as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks, where he was instrumental in the development of their young players. The Hawks increased their win total in each of his final three seasons and in 2007-08 earned the franchise’s first postseason appearance since 1999.

During his 8 seasons with the Miami Heat, Fizdale’s assistance in game preparation, involvement in player development and rapport with the roster played a major role in the Heat’s championship success. Dating back to his first season on the Heat sidelines in 2008-09, Miami won more playoff games (70) and playoff series (15) than any team in the NBA and compiled the league’s second-best regular season (.623) and fourth-best postseason (.619) winning percentages. His partnership with Spoelstra has included two NBA championships (2012 & 2013).

Following his time spent with Miami, he was hired as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies where he coached for 2 seasons.

David was a three-year starter at point guard while playing at the University of San Diego, Fizdale was selected to the All-West Coast Conference team after his senior season in 1996. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Sociology from USD in 1996.


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Dwane Casey began his coaching career in 1979, as an assistant coach for the University of Kentucky. Casey has been an assistant coach with the Seattle SuperSonics and the Dallas Mavericks, and a Head Coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Toronto Raptors. Since 2011, Casey has been the Head Coach for the Toronto Raptors. On November 1 2015, Casey surpassed Sam Mitchell’s franchise record for wins getting his 157th victory against the Milwaukee Bucks. During the 2015-16 season, Casey led the Raptors to finishing second in the Eastern Conference at 56 wins, which was the highest position and most wins in franchise history. In addition, Casey was able to help lead the Raptors to three consecutive Atlantic division titles from 2013-14 to 2015-16.

A native of Morganfield, Kentucky, Casey earned a degree in business administration from Kentucky in 1979. He and his wife, Brenda, have a daughter, Justine, and son, Zachary.