Raptors 905 announced Wednesday that Patrick Mutombo has been named the fourth head coach in franchise history. John Bennett and Brittni Donaldson will join Mutombo, serving as assistant coaches for Raptors 905. Jama Mahlalela will return to the Toronto Raptors as a member of Nick Nurse’s coaching staff.
Mutombo, 40, has spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors. He began his coaching career at his alma matter Metro State in 2011 as an assistant. After one year, he joined the Denver Nuggets, where he served as the player development coordinator for the 2012-13 season, before being promoted to assistant coach and serving in that capacity for two seasons. Prior to joining the Raptors, he was a member of the Austin Spurs as an assistant coach.
A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mutombo developed his
basketball skills while growing up in Belgium, and he later played under coach Mike Dunlap at Metro State in Denver. Mutombo spent six years playing professionally in Italy, Greece and the NBA G League. He played four seasons in the top league in Italy, one season for Trikala 2000 in Greece’s top league, and the 2009-10 season with Bakersfield in the NBA G League. Mutombo turned pro after a distinguished career at Metro State (1999-2003). He helped the Roadrunners win two NCAA Division II national championships (2000 and 2002) and was named second-team All-America in 2001 and first-team All-America in 2002. Mutombo ranks second in school history in career free throw percentage (.853), fifth in field goals made (571) and ninth in points (1,360). He was inducted into the Metro State Athletics Hall of Fame in February 2011.
Bennett, 31, has worked in various capacities with the Toronto Raptors over the last seven seasons. He began as a basketball operations assistant for two seasons, before assuming the responsibilities of assistant video coordinator for the 2015-16 campaign. In addition to his role as assistant video coordinator, he was named coordinator of player development for the 2017-18 season.
Donaldson, 27, joined the Toronto Raptors as a data analyst for the 2017-18 campaign, a position she held for two seasons. Prior to the 2019-20 season, Donaldson was promoted to assistant coach, the youngest in the league to hold the title. The Sioux City, Iowa, native played collegiately for four seasons at the University of Northern Iowa before graduating with a degree in statistics and actuarial sciences.
Mahlalela returns to the Raptors with a 51-42 record over two seasons with Raptors 905. During his tenure, he was instrumental in the development of current Toronto Raptor Chris Boucher, who captured League MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards during the 2018-19 season.