Coach Bio

Rick Mahorn
College - Hampton
Rick Mahorn begins his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Shock, bringing over 20 years of professional basketball experience to the bench including a championship season with the Pistons in 1989 and WNBA title runs with the Shock in 2006 and 2008. Besides his extensive 18-year NBA playing experience, Mahorn served as head coach of the Rockford Lightning of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) for the 1999-2000 season. He led the Lightning to a 15-7 overall record and the American Conference title, which earned them a No. 2 seed in the 2000 CBA Playoffs. Mahornís coaching excellence was recognized in two CBA Coach-of-the-Month Awards. He then joined the coaching staff of the Atlanta Hawks under Lon Kruger during the 2000-01 season.

As a player, Mahorn was drafted by the Washington Bullets (now Wizards) in the second round of the 1980 NBA Draft. He joined the Detroit Pistons family prior to the 1985-86 NBA season and helped the franchise win its first championship in 1989. The 6-foot-10 power forward earned All-NBA second team defensive honors the very next season, his first with the Philadelphia 76ers. Mahorn averaged 5.8 points and 5.5 rebounds during his playing career with Washington, Detroit, Philadelphia and New Jersey.

For the past five years, Rick Mahorn has stayed active in Detroit serving as a color analyst for the Pistons radio broadcasting on WDFN. Mahorn joins George Blaha and Mark Champion to deliver insightful commentary during Pistons home games. Mahorn also works with the Palace Sports & Entertainment marketing department during the Pistonís season.

A Hartford, Connecticut native, Mahorn was a four-year letter winner at Hampton Institute (VA). He was a three-time NCAA Division II and NIAA All-American and owned 18 school records. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1980.