DARKO RAJAKOVIC | Head Coach
Darko Rajakovic (DAR-ko Rahj-a-KOE-vich) enters his first season as the head coach of the Tulsa 66ers. A Serbian native, Rajakovic is the first head coach born outside of North America in NBA D-League history. The 33-year-old boasts a diverse coaching background with an emphasis in player development.
Rajakovic has spent the past three years as the head coach of Espacio Torrelodones of the Spanish EBA League. In his first season (2007), Rajakovic led Torrelodones to the Primera Division de Baloncesto title, promoting the team to the Liga EBA. During Rajakovicís tenure, Torrelodones saw numerous players receive invitations to the youth national teams of Spain, Serbia, Montenergro, Denmark and Congo.
Rajakovic began his coaching career at 16 years old with BC Borac Cacak in Cacak, Serbia. As the youngest head coach in the teamís history, Rajakovic coached Borac Cacak to two national tournaments. Multiple Borac Cacak players represented Serbia in international youth tournaments and two of Rajakovicís players were selected to Serbiaís Senior National Team, competing at the European Championship and World Championship.
Following his three year stint in Cacak, Rajakovic was named the head coach of the U-20 and U-18 teams of Red Star Belgrade in Serbiaís capital and largest city. At 19 years old, Rajakovic was again the youngest head coach in team history. The Serbian native focused his coaching efforts on developing and preparing his players to compete for Red Starís top team. Rajakovic also scouted and signed many of the players in Red Starís system. During his eight-year stint in Belgrade, Rajakovic led Red Star to two Serbian championships and several international club tournaments.
In 2007, Rajakovic left Red Star to begin his own basketball academy in Belgrade, focusing on individual development. Rajakovic would work with European players during their off months to improve their skills, primarily shooting, through video analysis and individual and group workouts. After three years of owning and managing the academy, Rajakovic accepted the head coach position with Espacio Torrelodones and moved to Madrid.
The Serbia native has also been active in many international tournaments and events including Basketball Without Borders, NBA and FIBA Camp and the Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy, in 2003 and 2004. In addition to his experience in Europe, Rajakovic has served as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spursí NBA Summer League teams since 2004.
In his free time, Rajakovic enjoys jazz music, theatre and hiking. He received a basketball coaching degree from the Belgrade Basketball Academy in 2004 and a degree in sports management from BK University in Belgrade in 2006.
Rajakovic speaks Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian languages as native, but is also fluent in English, Spanish and basic Greek.
TYRONE ELLIS | Assistant Coach
Tyrone Ellis comes to Tulsa after spending 10 years playing professionally in Europe, most recently with Lucentum Alicante in Spain. The Texas native spent four years as a member of the Republic of Georgiaís National Team, helping the team advance to EuroBasketís A Division. In addition, he has worked as a coach at the Steve Nash Nike Skills Academy, Reebok Breakout Challenge, Pride Performance and Court Vision Consulting as well as serving as an assistant coach of the Phoenix Sunsí NBA Summer League squad in both 2009 and 2010.
Before playing overseas, Ellis was drafted by the NBA D-Leagueís Huntsville Flight as the 42nd pick in the 2001 draft, the leagueís inaugural season. Ellis received both a Masters in Education-Kinesiology and Bachelor of Science-Sports Management and Marketing from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla.
BRANDON BARNETT | Director of Minor League Operations/Pro Scout
Brandon Barnett begins his fifth season with the Tulsa 66ers. Barnett joined the organization after working for the NBA League office in New York City for the previous five years. Barnett brings an extensive background in minor league basketball to Tulsa. While with the league office, Barnett served most recently as Senior Coordinator of Basketball Operations for the NBA Development League.
He joined the D-League during the 2004-05 season as an intern and quickly solidified his value to the Basketball Operations department. Barnettís role in the D-League, among other things, involved evaluating, recruiting and signing players for the league.
A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Barnett graduated cum laude from Emerson College in Boston, Mass., in 2003, with a Bachelorís degree in Broadcast Journalism.
GLENN WONG| Video Analyst
Glenn Wong enters his first season with the Tulsa 66ers as Video Analyst. Wong recently concluded a three year professional playing career in Ireland.
Wong has served in various capacities for USA Basketball since 2007, most recently serving as the video coordinator for USA Basketballís Under 18 Team that competed in the FIBA Americas Tournament in Brazil.
Wong attended Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., and also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Dublin Business School. Glenn played four years of basketball while at Amherst and was a member of its 2007 NCAA Division III National Championship Team.
TONY KATZENMEIER | Minor League Athletic Trainer
Tony Katzenmeier enters his third season as the Athletic Trainer for the Tulsa 66ers. Katzenmeier came to Oklahoma from Santa Monica, Calif., where he was most recently employed by Athletesí Performance and Core Performance.
He received his Bachelorís degree from Kansas State University, where he gained experience working with the Wildcatsí basketball, baseball and football teams as a student trainer. He then earned his Masterís degree at Eastern Illinois University before being hired on full-time as the institutionís athletic trainer.
Katzenmeier has also served as an athletic training intern with the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots.
Jordan Webb enters his second season as the teamís Athletic Performance Coordinator. Webb is responsible for the development and implementation of strength and nutritional programs for the 66ers, as well as assisting each player in establishing a personalized diet and offseason training program.
Prior to joining the 66ers staff, the Tiffin, Ohio native served as the Assistant Fitness Coach for the Seattle Sounders FC during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Webb graduated from Missouri Valley College where he double-majored in Sports and Exercise Science and Sports Business Management.
Ben Coldagelli enters his first season with the Tulsa 66ers as Public Relations Manager. Coldagelli handles all day-to-day basketball communications and corporate communications for the team, as well as all community relations efforts. He also provides content for the 66ers website and is the primary media contact for the organization.
Coldagelli comes to the 66ers after working in the athletics communications office of the University of Oklahoma. He also served as a three-year member of the Oklahoma City Thunderís game night staff.
A native of New Berlin, Wisc., Coldagelli earned his Bachelorís degree in Journalism-Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma.