Duane Ticknor He is a former assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies and a former NBA D-League head coach for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Sioux Falls Skyforce and Sacramento Kings.[1][2][3]

Duane Ticknor
Career information
CollegeSouth Dakota
PositionAssistant coach
Career history
As coach:
1989–1992Rapid City Thrillers (asst.)
1995–1998Black Hills Posse
1998–1999Rapid City Thrillers
1999–2000Dakota Wizards, Yankton Timberwolves
2000–2001Siouxland Bombers
2002–2005Gary Steelheads
2005–2007Marquette Catholic HS
2007–2009Dakota Wizards
2009–2011Sioux Falls Skyforce (asst.)
2012–2013Fort Wayne Mad Ants
20132016Memphis Grizzlies (assistant)
20162019Sacramento Kings (assistant)



Ticknor is a native of Vermillion, South Dakota where he played basketball at Vermillion High School. He initially played basketball at Southern State College before transferring to the University of South Dakota where he played for the USD Coyotes. He graduated in 1978.

Ticknor became an assistant at Southern State and later, its head coach. After the college closed in 1984, Ticknor moved on to National College.[4]

Fort Wayne Mad Ants


The Mad Ants hired Ticknor in 2012.[5] Ticknor guided the Mad Ants to a 27-23 record and helped the team make their first NBA D-League playoff appearance.[6]

Memphis Grizzlies


Ticknor joined the Grizzlies just before the 2013–14 NBA season. During his first year with the team, the Grizzlies made the 2014 NBA Playoffs, but they lost in the first round to the Oklahoma City Thunder in seven games.[7]

Sacramento Kings


On June 3, 2016, Ticknor joined the Sacramento Kings as an assistant coach.[8]


  1. ^ NBA Development League:Duane Ticknor
  2. ^ NBA Developmental League : Mad Ants Name Duane Ticknor Head Coach
  3. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies Make Excellent Hire in Duane Ticknor". Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "Ticknor Continues Successful Coaching Career". Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan. April 26, 2003.
  5. ^ Mad Ants hire longtime minor-league coach duane Ticknor | FortWayne.com - Fort Wayne, IN
  6. ^ Ants coach Ticknor hired by Memphis Grizzlies | The Journal Gazette Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ NBA Development League: Ticknor to Join Memphis Grizzlies Coaching Staff
  8. ^ "Kings Announce Coaching Staff for 2016-17 Season". NBA.com. June 3, 2016. Retrieved June 3, 2016.
  • An interview with Ticknor can be found here