When George Karl took the helm of the Sacramento Kings last week, he said that he wouldn't be looking to make wholesale changes to the coaching staff but that one or two additions could be seen. One of those additions is now in place as the Kings announced the hiring of Vance Walberg as an Assistant Coach. Walberg previously served with Karl in Denver. Chris Haynes first reported Karl's interest in bringing over Walberg earlier this month.
From the press release:
SACRAMENTO, CA ---- The Sacramento Kings today hired Vance Walberg as an assistant coach, according to General Manager Pete D'Alessandro. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
A veteran of the coaching ranks with more than three decades of experience at the prep, collegiate and professional levels, Walberg joins George Karl's staff after spending the last two seasons in a similar capacity with the Philadelphia 76ers. Prior to his tenure with the 76ers, he was an assistant for Karl on Denver's bench.
Walberg is known for his innovative offensive ideas and credited with developing the dribble drive motion offense-implemented by John Calipari at the University of Memphis and later Kentucky. His coaching resume includes three seasons at UMass as an assistant coach (2008-2011) after serving two seasons as the head coach at Pepperdine University (2006-2008).
Prior to joining Karl in Denver for the 2011-12 campaign, Walberg led Fresno City College to a 133-11 (.924) record in his four seasons at the helm, including a perfect 34-0 mark culminating in a California state community college championship in 2005. His extensive head coaching background at the prep level includes stints at Clovis West, Newark Memorial, Los Altos and Mountain View High Schools. In 13 years at Clovis West (Fresno), Walberg guided his teams to a 343-68 record with nine league titles, 10 CIF Central Section Championship appearances, and three trips to the Southern State Championship Game.
An alumnus of Cal State Bakersfield, the College of Belmont and Saint Mary's College, Walberg and his wife, Rose have four children: Jason, Heather, Jaimie-Rose and Ian.