Gattison To Take Position With New Orleans Hornets
June 25, 2003
NORFOLK, VA. - Old Dominion University assistant men's basketball coach and Hall of Famer Kenny Gattison has accepted an assistant coaching position with the New Orleans Hornets, as announced by head coach Blaine Taylor.
"This is a great opportunity for my family and me," said Gattison. "I want to thank Blaine Taylor and Jim Jarrett for giving me the opportunity to return to Old Dominion, the place that is so very dear to my heart. It is alway's tough to leave a place and people you care so much about, especially the many friendships I have made here,that date back to my undergraduate days. The hardest part about leaving is the players and their families, because I came here, to work with those young men. I want to wish the team and the university all the best."
Gattison served as an assistant coach the past two seasons on Taylor's staff. He donned the Monarch uniform from 1982-1986, where he scored a 1,624 career points and hauled in 963 career rebounds. The school's tenth All-Time scorer was a two-time Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American. A native of Wilmington, NC., Gattison was selected in the third round of the 1986 NBA draft by Phoenix. He was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.
Prior to returning to Old Dominion as an assistant coach, Gattison served as an assistant coach on John Calipari's staff with the NBA New Jersey Nets from 1996-98. Gattison played nine years in the NBA averaging 8.0 points and 4.7 rebounds. A six-year member of the Charlotte Hornets, Gattison led the team in field goal percentage in four of his six years, shooting better than 50 percent from the field five times. His best season as a pro was in 1991-92, finishing fifth on the Hornets in scoring with a career high 12.7 scoring average.
"I have greatly appreciated and enjoyed Kenny's time here with our program," said Taylor. We want to wish Kenny and his family well with this new opportunity."
A national search for his replacement will begin immediately.