66ers Basketball Operations
DARKO RAJAKOVIC | Head Coach
Darko Rajakovic (RYE-ahk-oe-vich) is in his second year 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 35-year-old boasts a diverse coaching background with an emphasis in player development.
Rajakovic holds a career NBA D-League record of 51-49. During his two seasons with the 66ers, Tulsa has seen seven players assigned to them from the Oklahoma City Thunder a total of 50 times (the most in the league during that stretch). Rajakovic has also seen five of his 66ers players receive NBA GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA, including four to the Thunder (Grant Jerrett, Daniel Orton, Mustafa Shakur and Reggie Williams). He coached 11 Tulsa players over the past two years who have been on an NBA roster in the 2013-14 season.
In 2012-13, Rajakovic worked closely with the Thunder staff in developing Oklahoma City players on a record 40 NBA D-League assignments. Rajakovic led the 66ers to a 27-23 record, tying the franchise record for most wins under a first-year head coach. By winning 25 times in the first 43 games, Rajakovic became the fastest Tulsa coach to achieve 25 career wins with the 66ers. Under Rajakovic, the 66ers advanced to their third NBA D-League Semifinals appearance in the past four years. Of the four coaches in the NBA D-Leagueís 2013 ďFinal FourĒ, Rajakovic was the only head coach to reach the Semifinals in his first year in the league.
Along with his duties in Tulsa, Rajakovic also works closely with the Thunder coaching staff, attending numerous home games throughout the season and traveling with the team during training camp and the NBA Playoffs. Rajakovic was asked by Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks to serve as an assistant coach for the Western Conference at the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.
During the 2012-13 offseason, Rajakovic was as an assistant coach for Oklahoma Cityís Summer League Squad, helping lead the Thunder to a 5-0 record at the Orlando Pro Summer League.
Prior to joining the 66ers, Rajakovic had spent the previous three years as the head coach of Espacio Torrelodones of the Spanish EBA League. In his first season (2009), 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 years 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 from 2004-2011.
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.
BRANDON BARNETT | Director of Minor League Operations/Pro Scout
Brandon Barnett is in his sixth season with the Tulsa 66ers. Barnett oversees the minor league operations for the 66ers, including scouting talent, player contracts and working to execute the Thunder system in Tulsa. In 2012, Barnett was also named a pro scout by Oklahoma City, scouting NBA games for the Thunder basketball operations staff in addition to his 66ers duties.
Barnett joined the organization after working for the NBA League office in New York City for the previous five years. 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.
ANTHONY GOLDWIRE | Assistant Coach
An NBA veteran, Anthony Goldwire is in his first season with the Tulsa 66ers as an assistant coach. Prior to joining the 66ers, Goldwire spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Goldwire enjoyed an eight year NBA career after playing collegiately at the University of Houston. A second round selection (No. 52 overall) by the Phoenix Suns in 1994, Goldwire appeared in 266 career NBA games (72 starts) as a member of Charlotte, Denver, San Antonio, Washington, Minnesota, New Jersey, Detroit, Milwaukee and the Los Angeles Clippers. Goldwire owns career averages of 6.3 points, 2.8 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 18.6 minutes per game.
A native of West Palm Beach, Goldwire played overseas in Greece and Spain at the conclusion of his NBA career.
STEVE SCALZI | Assistant Coach/Video Analyst
Steve Scalzi is in his first season as a video analyst and assistant coach for the Tulsa 66ers. Scalzi joined the 66ers prior to the 2013-14 NBA D-League season after spending seven seasons with Northeastern Universityís menís basketball program.
In his seven seasons as Northeasternís director of basketball operations, Scalzi coordinated team travel arrangements and was responsible for managing film exchanges for scouting purposes. He also assisted with NCAA compliance, on-campus recruiting, team academics, and served as the direct liaison with numerous departments on campus, including alumni relations and community relations. Scalzi was promoted to an assistant coaching position with the Huskies in June 2013. During his tenure, Northeastern clinched postseason NIT appearances in 2010 and 2013.
A 2006 graduate of Boston College, Scalzi spent four seasons as a student assistant on the Eagles staff, where he was awarded the Mary Kaye Waldron Award for outstanding dedication to BC basketball. During his time at BC, the Eagles earned three NCAA tournament berths, made one trip to the NIT and claimed the 2005 Big East regular-season title.
Scalzi holds a dual bachelor's degree from Boston College in history and human development and earned his master's degree in corporate leadership and organizational communications from Northeastern in 2009.
DR. SEBASTIEN POIRIER | Athletic Trainer
Dr. Sebastien Poirier is in his first year as the 66ersí athletic trainer. Poirier is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the health and wellness of Tulsa players through analysis, treatment, recovery, and medical operations.
Poirier joined the 66ers prior to the 2013-14 NBA D-League season after working as a full-time physical therapist and part-time athletic trainer and personal trainer at Marathon Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in his hometown of Newton, Mass. In addition to his practice, Poirier served as an assistant athletic trainer for the NBA D-Leagueís Springfield Armor and a consultant for the New England Colonials international basketball club. Poirier was also a strength and conditioning coach for TD Athletes Edge in Swampscott, Mass.
Poirier received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 2012 after earning his bachelorís degree in athletic training from Salem State University in 2009, where he competed on the Vikings swimming team. The son of French immigrants, Poirier is fluent in the French language.
KURTIS RAYFIELD | Athletic Performance Coordinator
Kurtis Rayfield is in his first year as the athletic performance coordinator of the 66ers. Rayfield 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 training program.
Rayfield joined the Tulsa staff after two years at Stanford University as a graduate assistant sports performance coach. While at Stanford, Rayfield was responsible for training the Cardinal's women's basketball, men's swimming and sailing teams while assisting with men's basketball. Prior to his time at Stanford, Rayfield participated in internship programs with the Chicago Bulls, University of Wisconsin hockey, University of Pittsburgh football, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Winona State University.
Rayfield is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has Level 1 Sports Performance Coaching Certification from USA Weightlifting. He holds a bachelor's in exercise and sport science with a concentration in strength and conditioning and a minor in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a master's in kinesiology from San Jose State University. He is a native of Elkhorn, Wis., and an Eagle Scout.
BEN COLDAGELLI | Public Relations Manager
Ben Coldagelli is in his second year with the Tulsa 66ers as the club's public relations manager. Coldagelli handles all day-to-day basketball communications and corporate communications for the team, serving as the primary liaison between the 66ers and local and national media. He also provides content for the 66ers website and oversees all player-involved community relations.
Prior to his time with the 66ers, Coldagelli served as a member of the University of Oklahoma's athletics communications department for three years. While at OU, Coldagelli worked with the Sooners' men's gymnastics and women's golf programs, promoting individual NCAA champions from both programs and multiple members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team. He also served as a training camp public relations assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Coldagelli originally joined the Thunder organization as an analytics game-night intern in the 2009-10 before becoming a member of the Thunder's game-night public relations staff for the following two seasons. He began his current role with the organization in September 2012.
A native of New Berlin, Wis., Coldagelli earned his bachelorís degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma with a minor in classical culture.