Bob MacKinnon has coached the Colorado 14ers to a D-League best 29-12 record in his first season.
Colorado 14ers head coach/general manager Bob MacKinnon has been to Erie before.
He was an assistant coach at Mercyhurst College from 1982 to 1985. So he’s been looking forward to returning to Erie for tonight’s D-League game against the Erie BayHawks (23-21).
“It’s going to be great,” MacKinnon said. “I’ve already gotten e-mails from people. People calling me and stuff. I think we might have a little fan base there.”
The Buffalo, N.Y., native has also been an assistant at George Washington, Niagara, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Marshall before working for the Los Angeles Lakers as a scout and as the the associate director of the 2005-07 Lakers’ summer camps.
MacKinnon has also been a head coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in the 1990s, but he never envisioned himself coaching in the D-League.
“It’s been a great experience. Obviously we’re a pretty good team so that helps. We have good players. Fun guys to coach and it’s been a great experience this year.”
Leading his 14ers (29-12), who have the league’s best record, to a win tonight would make his experience a little greater, though.