Slowly but surely, head coach Brett Brown is filling out his coaching staff. After adding player development specialists Lloyd Pierce from Memphis and Chad Iske from Denver, as well as UTEP assistant Greg Foster, Brown has plans to add one more assistant.
Sources close to Liberty Ballers tell us that "all signs are pointing to" Villanova assistant coach Billy Lange joining the Sixers in a somewhat similar role. His official title would be assistant coach, but would also have other responsibilities, the source said.
The New Jersey native has been a hot commodity this week, as the Houston Rockets offered Lange the opportunity to coach their D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. According to Dana O'Neil of ESPN.com, Lange turned down the offer Monday.
The 41 year-old began his coaching career at Bishop Eustace Prepatory School in 1995, then bounced around several local colleges (as well as becoming the Merchant Marines Academy Mariners head coach for two seasons), but finally landed a longterm job in 2004. He became head coach of the Naval Academy, staying at the university until 2011, and posted a 93-113 record.
Lange left for Villanova at the end of the 2011 season, and has been an integral part of head coach Jay Wright's staff ever since. His absence would be a big blow to Villanova, but a strong addition for Philadelphia.