The San Antonio Spurs announced Mitch Johnson has been promoted to an assistant coach while Darius Songalia has been elevated to a player development assistant on Gregg Popovich’s staff.
At the same time the Spurs have announced the following promotions and additions to the basketball operations staff: Brandon James - vice president of basketball administration and deputy general counsel, Dave Telep - director of player personnel, Adam Glessner - senior director of basketball intelligence, Phil Cullen - director of basketball operations and innovation, Niraj Mulji - director of basketball strategy, Nick Repole - director of research and development, Landry Fields - Austin Spurs general manager, Tyler Self - Austin Spurs assistant general manager and Keon Weise - performance informatic scout.
Johnson has spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach for the Austin Spurs, San Antonio’s G League affiliate, where he helped guide the team to the 2018 G League Championship. Prior to joining Austin, Johnson spent one season as an assistant at the University of Portland in 2016. Before his stint with Portland he coached in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League and served as a basketball coaching intern at Seattle University in 2011. Johnson played collegiately at Stanford University and spent three seasons playing in the G League and overseas in Europe.
Songalia enters his second season with the Silver and Black after spending last year as a quality assurance assistant in the video department. Before coming to the Spurs, he played eight seasons in the NBA, averaging 6.9 points and 3.4 rebounds in 495 career games. Songalia also played professionally in Russia, Turkey, Spain, Ukraine and Lithuania. A native of Russia, Songalia made the move to the United States while in high school and played collegiately at Wake Forest University.