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Meet Bob Mackinnon

Head Skills Trainer for Flight 22

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BOB MACKINNON has 30 plus years of experience coaching at the Collegiate and Professional levels, with eight seasons in the NBA D/G League.  In his first year in the D-League, MacKinnon coached the Colorado 14ers to a 34-16 regular season record and ultimately the 2008-09 D-League Championship.  MacKinnon then went on to coach the Idaho Stampede and Springfield Armor (in his first season in Springfield he led the Armor to a League record turn around – going from 8 wins the season before his arrival to 29 wins), before landing in Los Angles with the Lakers Affiliate.  In the 2013-14 season, MacKinnon led the development of three Lakers assignees, while boasting four NBA Call-Ups from the D-Fenders.  MacKinnon also served in China as the Head Coach of the CBA’s Tianjin Team in 2010 – 11.  He also was selected to run the D-League’s Elite Mini-Camp and National Tryouts for the seven years.  

MacKinnon completed his third season as the Head Coach of the Dallas Mavericks affiliate, the Texas Legends; in his first season with the Legends he led the team to franchise records in NBA Call-ups (5), wins (25) & attendance.  In his second season, the Legends led the League again in Call-ups (7), had another win’s record (29), & topped their attendance mark yet again.  MacKinnon is the All-time leader in the NBA G League in both Call-ups (28) & Wins (207 – the only coach in NBA G League history to record over 200 wins).

MacKinnon’s career began at the Collegiate level at King’s College in Pennsylvania where he played four seasons and got his first coaching opportunity in 1982.  He would go on to Coach at the Collegiate level for 25 years starting as an Assistant Coach at Mercyhurst College (1982-85), followed by George Washington University (1985-90), and Niagara University (1990-97), before he was named the Head Coach of the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1997.  MacKinnon led the Mariners to two Skyline Conference Championships, securing consecutive NCAA tournament bids, and earning Skyline Conference Coach of the Year in 1999.   He then joined the staff at the University of Notre Dame (1999-2000) as an Assistant Coach, followed by being named an Assistant Coach at the University of North Carolina (2000-03), before becoming the Senior Assistant Coach at Marshall University (2003-07).  

MacKinnon is also a world-renowned Basketball Clinician.  He has Directed or spoken at over 300 camps/clinics in over 18 countries.  He works with the NBA in many of their overseas programs, and with the Tel-Mex foundation in Mexico directing camps for Coaches and youth programs alike.

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