Tyler Gatlin

Lancaster, Texas, United States


After graduating from the University of San Diego in 2010, I returned home to Dallas to begin my career in professional basketball. In August 2010 I was hired as the General Manager for the Dallas Impact of the ABA. In addition to my role as GM, I spent significant time at practice, coaching drills, reviewing scouting reports, and working individually with our players. This experience gave  me the confidence and motivation to continue coaching at an advanced level.  
After a successful ABA season, that ended with a surprising playoff run, I began working on the basketball operations staff for the Texas Legends.  I spent the 2011-2012 season as the Video Coordinator for Head Coach Del Harris. The following season I was promoted to assistant coach, under the guidance of Head Coach Eduardo Najera. In addition to my work with the Legends, I continued my coaching career in the ABA. I spent the 2011-2012 season as the assistant coach for the North Dallas Vandals, where we advanced to the final 4.  In the 2012-2013 season I was promoted to head coach of the Vandals, and we made a return trip to the final four, coming just short of a Championship, losing a hard-fought series to the Jacksonville Giants.
I also have experience coaching abroad. In the fall of 2011, with help from WCBL league commissioner Curt Pickering, I organized, trained, and coached a group of Dallas-area free agents on a 3 week tour in China, where we competed against CBA, Serbia, and Australia teams, compiling a record of 8-3. In the Summer of 2012 I served as the sole representative for the US in the Euroleague Basketball Institute Coaching Clinic, held over 4 days in Barcelona. Learning from coaching greats, Ettore Messina, Xavier Pascual, Zeljko Obradovic, and Aito Garcia Reneses. Experiences like these have only strengthened my knowledge and served as more motivation to advance my career in coaching and team/player management. I am making a return trip to China in May, taking a team of D'League veterams on a tour, and I will be attending the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain, where I will participate in various athletic related events, as well as scouting the games.

The 2013-2014 season was a successful one. The Texas Legends finished with a with a franchise best 24 wins, as I continued to expand my role with the team, both as an assistant coach, and in the basketball operations department.