The Delaware Blue Coats, the Philadelphia 76ers’ G League affiliate franchise, named Connor Johnson the team’s head coach, Blue Coats General Manager Elton Brand announced June 18.

Johnson spent the past four seasons working with the Philadelphia 76ers coaching staff.

Johnson will be the team’s first head coach under the new brand identity and will be at the helm for the opening of the all-new 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington. In March, the 76ers introduced Blue Coats as the team’s new NBA G League brand identity. The moniker was inspired by the 1st Delaware Regiment soldiers who were known for their blue combat uniforms and courage during the American Revolution.

As 76ers director of player development and coaching administration, Johnson played an integral role on Head Coach Brett Brown’s staff in 2017-18 as the team clinched a 50-plus win season for the first time since 2000-01. Johnson led the team’s efforts in player development and coaching logistics.

Johnson spent the previous two seasons, 2015-17, as the team’s video coordinator prior to his promotion last season. He supported the 76ers coaching staff by assisting with on-court development, creating film edits used in team meetings and putting together video playbooks. He originally joined the team in 2014.

Prior to joining the 76ers, Johnson served as a graduate assistant with the Villanova men’s basketball program under Head Coach Jay Wright. A native of San Diego, Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College in Massachusetts and a master’s degree in public administration from Villanova. Johnson was a four-year member of the Amherst basketball team.

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