In Memoriam (1943 – 2017)

Michael H. Goldberg

In 1980, four years after the National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) was founded, Michael Goldberg became its first Executive Director. Michael built on the existing foundation of the NBCA and guided it during the years of explosive growth of professional basketball. During his tenure as Executive Director, Michael gained increased benefits for NBA coaches and unique marketing opportunities in partnership with the NBA. He represented numerous coaches in contract negotiations and secured marketing and broadcasting opportunities for the Association’s membership. Prior to joining the NBCA, Michael served as General Counsel for the American Basketball Association where, along with its late Commissioner, Dave DeBusschere, he guided the League until its merger with the NBA in 1976.

In 2017, Michael received the coveted John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award was instituted by the Board of Trustees of the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1973 and is the most prestigious award presented by the Hall of Fame outside of Enshrinement.

Since 2017, the NBCA has honored its first Executive Director through the Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award. The Award recognizes the dedication and hard work of NBA Head Coaches. It is presented annually to a Head Coach who helps guide his players to a higher level of performance on the court and shows outstanding service and dedication to the community off the court. The Award honors the spirit of Michael H. Goldberg who set the standard for loyalty, integrity, love of the game, passionate representation, and tireless promotion of NBA Coaching. It is unique in that it is the only award voted upon by the winners’ peers, the Head Coaches of all 30 NBA teams.

Executive Director & General Counsel, NBCA

David S. Fogel


David S. Fogel joined the NBCA in 2013 and became the Executive Director in 2017. David currently manages core areas of the day-to-day legal and business operations of the NBCA. His main responsibilities include representing and promoting coaches both within and outside the NBA, serving as liaison between the coaches and the NBA, managing and overseeing the Pension, 401(k), Disability, and Annuity benefit packages, engaging in marketing and other promotional opportunities, conducting the NBCA fine appeals process, reviewing employment contracts and severance disputes, and overseeing all responsibilities and duties in connection with a labor organization.

Director of Communications, NBCA

Karen Marrero


Karen Marrero joined the NBCA in 1998. As the NBCA’s Director of Communications, Karen handles multiple responsibilities for the NBA Coaches Association such as everyday coaching staff communication, working on the Association retirement benefits (including the Coaches Enhanced 401K Program, Long Term Disability Program and the Supplemental Retirement Annuity Program). In addition, she is responsible for compiling and distributing the annual NBCA Salary Survey and tracking Coaches Dues and marketing payment distributions. Karen also assists with various NBCA marketing initiatives including the NBA Coaches Joseph Abboud Apparel Program, Allen Edmonds Shoe Program and Shinola Watch Program.

Director of Business Operations, NBCA

Brandon Wheeler


Brandon Wheeler joined the organization in the fall of 2020. At the NBCA, Brandon works alongside Executive Director David S. Fogel in managing all day-to-day business operations for the Coaches Association. These duties include: directing NBCA long-term strategic growth initiatives, driving data, and financial analysis around maximizing salary, incentives, benefits, and marketing opportunities for NBCA members, as well as evaluating new business opportunities for the NBCA.

NBCA Officers

RICK CARLISLE – Indiana Pacers

Vice President:

Vice President/Treasurer:

Vice President /Secretary:
JACQUE VAUGHN – Brooklyn Nets

Vice President /Assistant Secretary:

Trustee for the Coaches’ Retirement Plan:
WILL HARDY – Utah Jazz

NBCA Division Vice Presidents

V.P. Atlantic Division:
DAVID VANTERPOOL Washington Wizards

V.P. Central Division:
DARVIN HAM – Los Angeles Lakers

V.P. Northwest Division:
SCOTT BROOKS – Portland Trail Blazers

V.P. Pacific Division:
MONTY WILLIAMS – Detroit Pistons

V.P. Southeast Division:
WES UNSELD JR. – Washington Wizards

V.P. Southwest Division:
STEPHEN SILAS – Detroit Pistons


George Mundell – Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley

George Mundell and his predecessor, Delight Green, have worked with the NBA for over 27 years. He has assisted in all aspects of the NBA Coaches Association Supplemental Retirement Annuity Program for the past 20 years. He has developed a lasting relationship largely based on the confidence his clients place in his personalized portfolio management approach. George is both a Certified Financial Planner, as well as a Certified Investment Management Analyst.