Damian Cotter
Chicago Bulls
PositionAssistant coach
Personal information
Coaching career2000–present
Career history
As coach:
2000–2007Knox Basketball Incorporated
2007–2014New South Wales Institute of Sport
2007–2009Australia (U-19) (asst.)
2010–2013Australia (U-19)
2013–2016Australia (women's) (asst.)
2013–2014Sydney Kings (asst.)
2014–2015Sydney Kings
2017–2018Long Island Nets (asst.)
2018–2019Capital City Go-Go (asst.)
2019–2020Windy City Bulls
2020–presentChicago Bulls (asst.)

Damian James Cotter (born 1971) is an Australian basketball coach who currently serves as an assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls of the NBA.

Coaching career

Cotter's coaching career began in 1999 with the Knox Basketball Incorporated as a director of coaching (1999-2007) and head coach (2000-2007). From 2006 to 2009, Cotter was the assistant coach to the Australian Development Team, head coach of the under 18 NSW Metropolitan State team and assistant coach to the Australian Emus, who named him as their head coach in 2009. Cotter led the Emus to the 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 World Championships, finishing between 5th, 4th and 6th positions, respectively. He also won the gold medal at the prestigious 2010 Albert Schweitzer Tournament (Germany).[1]

From 2013 to 2014, he was the assistant coach of the NBL team Sydney Kings and head coach to the NSW Institute of Sport Basketball Program, where he was responsible for the identification and development of both male and female players in the state of New South Wales. This program produced 22 Australian representatives between 2009 and 2014.[2]

Cotter was named Sydney Kings' head coach for the 2014-15 NBL season.[3]

Before the 2017–18 season, the Brooklyn Nets added Cotter to the Long Island Nets coaching staff as assistant coach.[4]

Cotter was hired as head coach of the Windy City Bulls of the NBA G League for the 2019–20 season.[5]

On November 14, 2020, the Chicago Bulls announced Cotter would be joining Billy Donovan's staff as an assistant coach.[6]

International coaching career

Cotter has trained numerous Australian teams for World Championships and Basketball Competitions in China (FIBA Stanković Cup).

From 2013 to 2016, he was the assistant coach of the Australian Opals, finishing 3rd place at the 2014 World Championships and 5th place at the 2016 Olympic Games.

In 2016, he served as a consultant for the Sri Lankan Basketball Federation, helping both the National Senior Women and Male teams prepare for the South Asia Games.

Professional international clinics

Cotter has conducted coaching and players clinics on an international and national level, including:

Recognition and awards

Coach of the Year Nominee

(NSW Sports Federation)

Albert Schweitzer Tournament

(World Championship)

Coach of the Year Nominee

(NSW Institute of Sport)

Coach of the Year Winner

(NSW Sports Federation)



  1. ^ "Canberra Capitals to prepare coaching shortlist as former Kings mentor applies",
  2. ^ "Sydney Kings Assistant Damian Cotter could take over from departing coach Shane Heal". Sydney Morning Herald Sun. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Sydney Kings appoint Damian Cotter head coach". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Long Island Nets Announce Coaching and Basketball Operations Staff Additions". Long Island Nets. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Chicago Bulls Announce Windy City Coaching & Basketball Operations Staff". OurSports Central. 6 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Bulls add to 2020-21 coaching staff". NBA.com. 14 November 2020. Retrieved 14 November 2020.