Jay Triano has agreed to become the top assistant on James Borrego's new coaching staff with the Charlotte Hornets, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 20, 2018
Triano was named interim head coach of the Toronto Raptors in 2008, becoming the first, and only until this offseason, head coach born outside of the United States to parents also not from the United States. He was promoted to full time head coach following the season. After three seasons as head coach, he was relieved of his coaching duties but was given a job as the Vice President of Pro Scouting for the Raptors.
He was then an assistant for the Portland Trail Blazers for four years before becoming Earl Watson’s top assistant in Phoenix. After Watson’s firing just three games into his second season as head coach, Triano again stepped in as interim head coach, manning the ship for the remainder of the Suns season.
Triano is also the current head coach for the Canadian Men’s Basketball Team.
It’s not uncommon for first time head coaches like James Borrego to hire assistants with head coaching experience to their staff. Triano will bring a wealth of experience to Borrego’s staff and should be a fine addition to the team.