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6/5/2009 11:50:35 AM
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Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - The Toronto Raptors have named Marc Iavaroni and Alex English as assistants to new full-time head coach Jay Triano.

Triano had his interim tag with the club removed on May 11 when the two sides agreed to a three-year contract. He was initially handed the reins when Sam Mitchell was dismissed on December 3, 2008. Triano had served as an assistant to Mitchell, alongside English, while Iavaroni most recently served as head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies.

"I am very excited to continue working with Alex and to add Marc to the staff," said Triano. "They share our philosophy on the direction of the team, yet possess different skill sets that will be valuable to me."

Iavaroni and English bring a combined 42 years of NBA coaching and playing experience to Toronto. Iavaroni spent the past two seasons guiding the Grizzlies, who fired him on January 23, and previously served as an assistant with Phoenix (2002-07), Miami (1999-2002) and Cleveland (1997-99). He also served as director of player development for the Heat and played seven seasons in the league for Philadelphia, San Antonio and Utah.

English returns for a sixth season as an assistant coach for Toronto, having previously served in the same capacity with Philadelphia (2003-04). He held the title of both director of player personnel and assistant coach with Atlanta during the 2002-03 campaign.

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997, English ended a 16-year playing career with 25,613 points, ranking 12th all-time in league history. The eight-time NBA All-Star played two seasons for Milwaukee, two for Indiana and 11 with the Denver Nuggets before finishing his career in 1990-91 with the Mavericks.

Marc Iavaroni (Photo: Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

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