Mark West at Virginia Sports Hall
Mark West at Virginia Sports Hall
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Suns Add ODU Greats West & Gattison To Staff

June 29, 2013
By ODU Athletics

PHOENIX - The Phoenix Suns announced the additions of ODU basketball Hall of Fame greats Kenny Gattison (ODU '86) and Mark West (ODU '83) as assistant coaches.

"I'm very excited to complete my coaching staff with such established, well-rounded basketball people," said Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek. "We were able to add offensive minds, defensive minds, former players and experienced coaches. What they all have in common is a willingness to work hard, communicate well, and help our players and our team get better every day."

Gattison returns to Phoenix, the team that originally drafted him in 1986 with the 55th overall selection (third round), the club's subsequent pick after Hornacek (second round, 46th overall). Gattison spent three seasons with the Suns (1986-89) as a teammate of both Hornacek and West.

A 10-year veteran of the NBA coaching ranks, the 49-year-old most recently served as an assistant with the Atlanta Hawks (2010-12), which followed stints in New Orleans (2003-09) and New Jersey (1996-99), as well as at his alma mater, Old Dominion University (2001-03). He was also selected as an assistant during the 2009 Team USA Summer Camp workouts in Las Vegas.

Gattison's nine-year NBA playing career with the Suns, Charlotte Hornets (1989-95) and Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-96) saw him average 7.9 points and 4.7 rebounds in 494 contests (130 starts). A former teammate of West at Old Dominion, the Wilmington, NC, native was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in 1991 after a standout career in which he was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year as a senior.

He and his wife, Harriet, have four children: Natasha, Kyle, Bryce and Grant.


One of the most popular Suns on the court and in the community, West has been a mainstay in the organization for 20 years, including eight seasons as a player and 12 in the front office.

West's 17-year NBA career saw him play 543 games over eight seasons (1988-94, 1999-00) in a Phoenix uniform, including five seasons as a teammate of Hornacek and three alongside Gattison. In his introductory press conference, Hornacek estimated that he scored 5,000 career points off unselfish screens from West.

Originally acquired along with Kevin Johnson from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Feb. 25, 1988, in one of the biggest trades in franchise history, West averaged 6.9 points and 6.0 rebounds in a Phoenix uniform and started all 106 games (82 regular season, 24 playoff) in the Suns' 1992-93 Western Conference Championship season.

West, who originally joined the Suns executive staff in 2001, has served as the team's Vice President of Player Programs since 2006, responsible for player relations and development, business of basketball training, and community representation. He is a 1983 graduate of Old Dominion with a degree in business administration and owns a master's degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. In 1988, he was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame. Mark and his wife, Elaina, have two sons: Markus and Markyle.

Mark West guarded the basket like no one else during his four years at Old Dominion. The three-time All-American led the nation in blocked shots both as a sophomore and junior. He scored 1,308 career points, grabbed 1,113 career rebounds and shot 56 percent from the field. As a senior he was named to the Sun Belt Conference's first team.

West hauled in a career high 23 rebounds in a game against Texas Wesleyan in 1980. West was named ECAC-South Tournament Most Valuable Player in 1980 and 1982. He performed the triple-double (points/rebounds & blocked shots) three times. West hauled in nine rebounds in the Monarchs 63-62 upset win at undefeated and top ranked DePaul in 1980. In his four seasons at Old Dominion the Monarchs were 80-37 reaching the NCAA's twice and the NIT twice.

He became the school's all-time blocked-shot leader with 446 and was honored by the Associated Press as an Honorable Mention All-American in 1981 and 1982, and The Sporting News in 1981. His career field goal percentage was .559. West graduated with a degree in business administration with an emphasis in financial management.

He was drafted in the second round by the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA, and has also played for Milwaukee, Cleveland, Detroit, Indiana, Atlanta and the Phoenix Suns. West played 17 seasons in the NBA and ranked second in league history in field goal percentage at .580. He led the NBA in field goal percentage (.625) in 1989-90 season. He is currently second in NBA history in field goal percentage (.580),

trailing only Artis Gilmore's .599 rate, and West led the NBA in shooting in 1989-90 when he shot .625 from the field.

In July of 2001, he was named assistant general manager for the Phoenix Suns. West is currently Vice President of Player Programs. In his role, West carries out a wide range of duties focusing on the business of basketball, Player relations and development and community representation. Mark also serves as the team liason for the NBA Player Development program administered by the league.

West was featured in the July 19, 1999 "FORTUNE MAGAZINE" about being a licensed broker since 1992 and partner at Prudential Securities in Phoenix. West was honored by ODU in 2000 as a distinguished alumni. West has been a licensed stockbroker since 1992.

West was very envolved in the Player Association where he served as a "player Rep" and Union Vice President.

West's jersey number 45 was retired in 1984 and the Petersburg, VA. native ws inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. He was inducted into the Hampton Roads African American Sports Hall of Fame in October of 2004. He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame on April 22nd, 2006.

West grew up in Petersburg, Va., but was Born in Fort Campbell, Ky. He and his wife Elaina have two sons, Markus and Markyle.

KENNY GATTISON BIO In December of the 1984-85 season, Kenny Gattison earned All-Tournament honors in the ECAC Holiday Festival. In that two-day tournament he scored 48 points and grabbed 22 rebounds against the likes of St. John's, and Rutgers. From there on, Old Dominion's `G-Man' was in full force.

The Wilmington, NC., native became the Sun Belt Conference's all-time rebound leader with 963 career recoveries. He ranks fourth on the ODU all-time rebound list and 11th in career scoring with 1,623 points.

During his four-year tenure, the Monarchs were 80-42 with two NCAA and two NIT appearances. As a senior, Gattison helped lead the eighth seeded Monarchs to the second round of the NCAA tournament, beating West Virginia and then losing to national runner-up Duke.

Gattison started 18 games as a freshman and averaged 8.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. As a sophomore, he averaged 11.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. During his junior season he earned All-Sun Belt and honorable mention All-American honors with a 16.1 point and 9.2 rebound performance.

As a senior, the Monarchs compiled a 23-8 record led by Gattison's 17.4 point and 7.8 rebound per game average. He was named the Sun Belt Player of the Year and again earned honorable mention All-America honors by the ASSOCIATED PRESS AND THE SPORTS NEWS.

Gattison's highs were many as he grabbed a career high 18 rebounds against Virginia Commonwealth on Feb. 25, 1985. He scored a career high 31 points against Rutgers in Madison Square Garden in 1984, and went over 1,000 career points against William and Mary on Feb. 18, 1985. Gattison also earned the Alumni Association's Male Athlete of the Year that same season.

He broke double figures 87 times, performed 34 double-doubles, and grabbed ten or more rebounds 37 times. He was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the third round of the 1986 draft.

Gattison graduated with a degree in distributive education in 1986. Gattison compete in the 1983 National Sports Festival in Colorado Springs for the East Squad. He also was selected to the U.S. Junior World Cup team in 1983.

Gattison played nine years in NBA for Phoenix, Charlotte and Vancouver. He retired as the Charlotte Hornets leading field goal shooter at .520 (1536-2956).

Gattison served as an assistant coach on John Calipari's staff with the NBA New Jersey Nets from 1996-98. He then returned to his alma mater in 2001 as an assistant coach until 2003 when he was named assistant coach with the New Orleans Hornets until 2009. He then served as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks from 2010-12.

In 2002 Gattison was honored at the Colonial Athletic Association's tournament as an ODU basketball legend. He is a 1991 ODU Sports Hall of Fame inductee, and was named to the Sun Belt Conference's All-Time team. His jersey No. 44 is retired at ODU. Kenny was inducted into the Greater Wilmington, NC Sports Hall of Fame on May 5, 2013.

In 2004, the Kenny Gattison Court was named for him at New Hanover High School. In the summer of 2009, Gattison assisted with the USA National Team. After leaving the New Orleans Hornets he served as Old Dominion's color announcer on the Monarchs men's basketball radio broadcasts during the 2009-10 season.

Gattison was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the third round of the 1986 draft. He graduated with a degree in distributive education in 1986. The Wilmington, NC native has three sons, Kyle, Bryce , Grant along with stepdaughter Natasha and wife Harriet.

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