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Raptors promote Brittni Donaldson and Jon Goodwillie to coaching staff

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The pair join five returning assistants on the Raptors bench behind Nick Nurse with just a few weeks remaining until training camp kicks off.

Brittni Donaldson, who worked in the Raptors’ video room and in analytics is being promoted to an assistant coach role with club Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The Raptors are expanding their world-class coaching staff heading into the 2019-20 season by promoting the team’s first female assistant, Brittni Donaldson, and Open Gym regular Jon Goodwillie. The Raptors also stayed in-house to fill their open positions, moving John Corbacio to head video coordinator, and Tyler Marsh to assistant video coordinator.

Jon Goodwillie has been with the Raptors for 15 years. He began on the technical side of things, first as an assistant video coordinator in 2006, before being named head of the department in 2011 where he saw a big spike in prominence over the next eight years. He most recently joined Nick Nurse’s Canadian team coaching staff for the FIBA World Cup tournament in China, while serving as head coach of the Raptors’ Summer League team in Las Vegas — where he sported a 2-3 record.

Read up on a fun Q&A our guy Mitch Orsatti had with Goodwillie while in Las Vegas here.

In addition to becoming the first female assistant in Raptors’ history, Donaldson becomes the league’s youngest assistant at just 26 years old. Donaldson was most recently a data analyst for Toronto for the last two seasons, while also serving on the coaching staff of the same Summer League team that Goodwillie ran.

Toronto hired Donaldson from Stats LLC just two years ago after being thoroughly impressed with her work as it corresponded to them. Her rise through the Raptors coaching ranks speaks wonders to her abilities as a basketball mind.

For more information on Donaldson, check out Zach Lowe’s post up on ESPN about her role.