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Norm deSilva

Norman deSilva
Personal information
Born (1985-08-20) August 20, 1985 (age 38)
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Listed height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Listed weight171 lb (78 kg)
Career information
High schoolDartmouth
(Dartmouth, Massachusetts)
CollegeBabson (2005–2009)
PositionPoint guard
Coaching career2009–present
Career history
As coach:
2009–2010University of New Haven (assistant)
2010–2011Utah Flash (assistant)
2011–2012Iowa Energy (assistant)
2012–2013Foshan Dralions
2013–2014Kumamoto Volters
2014–2017Delaware 87ers (assistant)
2017-2017CB Estudiantes (consultant)
2017-2018Houston Rockets (advance scout)
2018–2020Philadelphia 76ers (advance scout)
2020–2021Boston Celtics (advance scout)
2021–2022San Antonio Spurs (advance scout)

Norman deSilva (born August 20, 1985) is an American basketball coach currently working for the San Antonio Spurs as an Advance Scout. He is also the subject of the feature-length documentary "Jiaolian: Coach".[1]

High school career

Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, deSilva played his high school basketball at Dartmouth High School,[2] and was a McDonald's High School All-American nominee his senior year.[3] He helped lead his school to a Division 1 state semi-final appearance in Eastern Massachusetts.[4][5][6]

College career

In 2005, de Silva signed with Babson College. He started at point guard his freshmen year and led the league in assists in his sophomore season while also leading the nation in turnovers.[7] He went on to earn a degree in finance.

Coaching career

de Silva has been a head coach in both China and Japan.[8] He has served as an assistant coach for the Utah Flash, Iowa Energy and Delaware 87ers, all members of the NBA D-League.[9] Following his graduation from Babson College, he worked in Chicago at Tim Grover's NBA facility Attack Athletics in Chicago.

On October 31, 2014, deSilva was hired by the Delaware 87ers to be an assistant coach.[10]

In 2017, deSilva served as a Consultant for CB Estudiantes in the Spanish ACB.

Since 2017, he has served as Advance Scout for the Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics, and San Antonio Spurs.


de Silva is the subject of the documentary "Jiaolian: Coach" [11] which is produced by Quebracho Productions. It follows de Silva through his turbulent season in China as head coach of the Foshan Long Lions in the Chinese Basketball Association. As the youngest head coach in league history, Jiàoliàn: Coach is a rare time-capsule of what it means for basketball in China at a time where age-old eastern practices are clashing with new western methods. The film has premiered in the New Hampshire Film Festival, Cape Cod Film Festival, Frozen River Film Festival, Sebestapol Film Festival, All Sport Film Festival, and DC Asian American Film Festival.

Head coaching record

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Foshan Long Lions 2012–13 15 10 5 .667 9th - - - -
Kumamoto Volters 2013–14 44 5 39 .114 11th - - - -


  1. ^ "Watch Jiàoliàn [Coach] | Prime Video". Amazon.
  2. ^ "What's In A Name?"
  3. ^ Cowens Nominees
  4. ^ "Indians Advance"
  5. ^ "Oh Brother, Dartmouth Falls"
  6. ^ "Game Lived Up To The Hate"
  7. ^ Babson Athletics Player Bio
  8. ^ "Dartmouth's de Silva a star coach in Chinese basketball league"
  9. ^ "Dartmouth's Norm deSilva still chasing his dream"
  10. ^ "DELAWARE 87ERS ANNOUNCE NEW COACHING STAFF HIRES". October 31, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  11. ^ "Jiaolian: Coach Trailer"
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