Bradley Handwerger / Sports Writer

The Hornets have hired Dave Hanners as an assistant coach, filling out the team's coaching staff after losing an assistant to Golden State in June.

Hanner has spent the past two and a half seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats, where he was the lead assistant under Larry Brown.

'(Hornets coach) Monty (Williams) is a gifted, young coach in this league who is a tireless worker and always strives to be better,' Hanners said. 'I was fortunate enough to coach him for a season and now will be fortunate to work with him as he continues to build the Hornets into a consistent, winning organization.'

He also has coached with Philadelphia, Detroit and New York, all stops on the Larry Brown train.

Hanners will match up again with assistant Randy Ayers, whom he coached with in Philadelphia from 2000-03. Additionally, Williams was on that Philadelphia staff during the 2002-03 season.

'Dave is an experienced coach both on the collegiate and professional level who has won a championship on each level,' Hornets coach Monty Williams said. 'He brings many tools that will help strengthen our coaching staff and help grow our players. Dave has learned from two of the best coaches in the game, Larry Brown and Dean Smith, and will be a valuable resource to our organization.'

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