Former South Dakota men's basketball standout Nate Tibbetts has been named an assistant coach with the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, it was announced this week. Tibbetts will serve as an assistant coach under Head Coach Byron Scott.
Tibbetts has spent the past two seasons as the head coach of the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League. He guided Tulsa to its second straight playoff appearance after the 66ers recorded a 33-17 mark in 2010-11.
"Nate comes from an organization that has developed a young core and a similar belief system in creating success with a defense-first mentality," Scott said in a release.
Tibbetts played for South Dakota and Head Coach Dave Boots from 1997-2001. He is second all-time in assists with 678 and also second all-time in steals at 215. He was All-NCC first-team in 2000-01 and Academic All-NCC in 2000. Tibbetts' father, the late Fred Tibbetts, served as Coyote women's basketball coach for four seasons.
Cleveland is slated to open the regular season on Dec. 26 against Toronto.