The RGV Vipers are ready to install a new head coach.
Mahmoud Abdelfattah is expected to be named the new coach of the RGV Vipers within the next few days or possibly a week, sources close to the situation have confirmed to The Monitor. Abdelfattah takes the place of Joseph Blair, who took a job with the Philadelphia 76ers not long after the Vipers won the 2018 G League championship.
Abdelfattah was an assistant coach under Blair last season and originally joined the Vipers’ staff during the 2017-18 season as a basketball operations assistant. He worked under former RGV head coach Matt Brase before working with Blair.
In addition to working with RGV, Abdelfattah also served as an assistant coach for the Jordanian national team in 2018. Prior to RGV, Abdelfattah worked as an assistant coach at his alma mater St. Cloud State for four seasons, where he oversaw the player development program and led the recruiting efforts for the Huskies. He was also an assistant coach at Perspective Charter School from 2011-13.
Abdelfattah began his coaching career as a student assistant coach at St. Cloud State in 2010.
Sources said that they were excited to come to terms with Abdelfattah and watch his ascension from the team’s “offensive coordinator” for a team that was explosive offensively.
In his first season as a head coach, Blair led the Vipers to their third league title, becoming the winningest team in the league. RGV averaged 128.4 points during the 2018-19 G League playoffs, 18 3-pointers made, 56.2 rebounds, 24 assists, 10 steals and five blocks per game.
Blair was the fourth coach in Vipers history to be called up to the NBA. He joined Nick Nurse (Toronto Raptors), Chris Finch (New Orleans Pelicans) and Matt Brase (Houston Rockets).
Training camp for the Vipers begins Oct. 28. The G League Draft is Oct. 26.