BROOKLYN – The New York Liberty announced Wednesday that Kelly Raimon and Dustin Gray have been added as assistant coaches, joining Shelley Patterson on Head Coach Walt Hopkins’ coaching staff.
“We are extremely excited about the diversity of experiences, skills, and ideas that Kelly and Dustin bring to the Liberty organization,” said Hopkins. “Between Dustin’s elite understanding of player development and team “X’s and O’s”, and Kelly’s valuable perspective as both a coach and former player, we’re rounding out our coaching staff with a pair of very talented, high-character people.
Raimon joins the New York Liberty coaching staff after two seasons as the assistant coach for the Las Vegas Aces. Under the direction of former Liberty head coach, Bill Laimbeer, Raimon and the Aces had a combined record of 35-32, including a 2019 WNBA Playoff run where they made the Conference Finals.
Prior to joining Las Vegas, she served as a Team Development Coach and Advanced Scout for the Chicago Sky in 2017. Raimon also had a nine-year career in the W with stops at the Indiana Fever (2001-2005), New York Liberty (2006), Phoenix Mercury (2007) and Detroit Shock (2008). She won back-to-back WNBA Championships with the Mercury in 2007 and the Shock in 2008.
A four-year women’s basketball letter winner at the University of Connecticut, Raimon is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, but she was raised in Quyon, Canada.
Dustin Gray is a certified Performance Enhancement Specialist through National Academy of Sports Medicine. Gray has worked as a contractor with world-renowned EXOS, where he was responsible for designing and conducting performance enhancement programs for future NBA players Kevin Love, Luc Mbah a Moute, Chase Budinger, Brandon Jennings and DeMar DeRozan in preparation for the NBA Draft.
He went on to found his own player development and training organization, Playmakers Basketball Club, where he has worked extensively with NBA players including Rudy Gay, Quincy Pondexter, Ish Smith and Kendall Marshall.
Gray, a native of Sparks, Nevada, received his degree in Kinesiology from Arizona State University.