Jimmy Alapag moved closer to his dream of coaching in the NBA after being named an assistant coach of the Stockton Kings, G League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings.
The announcement came a week after Alapag helped Sacramento win the Summer League title in Las Vegas as part of the coaching staff headed by Bobby Jackson.
Alapag will serve as assistant anew to Jackson, former Kings guard who has been tasked to mentor the franchise’s development team.
"Words can't express how grateful I am for this opportunity to join the Stockton Kings for the upcoming NBA G League season," Alapag said in an Instagram post. "Looking forward to connecting with the entire Stockton community. Time to get to work!"
Aside from Alapag, the Stockton Kings also named Will Scott as associate head coach, Akachi Okugu as an assistant coach, Sydney Haydel as director of basketball operations, and Kaiti Jones as a performance coach.
Prior to his NBA Summer League and G League coaching stints, Alapag served as Alab Pilipinas head coach in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) for three seasons and San Miguel Beermen assistant in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) for one season.
The six-time PBA champion and former Gilas Pilipinas captain moved back to the U.S. with his family last year.
Below is the official release from the Stockton Kings.
Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Kings, NBA G League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, announce the completion of Bobby Jackson’s coaching staff and multiple hirings within the Basketball Operations group.
Will Scott is tabbed as the Associate Head Coach after spending the past two seasons as the Head Video Coordinator and Player Development Coach under Kings Head Coach Luke Walton. Prior to joining the Kings, Scott served as the Head Video Coordinator with Coach Walton and the Los Angeles Lakers (2016-19). The Indiana University alum began his NBA career with the Lakers in 2011-12, starting in the video room with the L.A. and South Bay Lakers, going on to serve eight seasons with the organization in several capacities.
Jimmy Alapag is named an Assistant Coach after most recently serving as the head coach for Alab Pilipinas of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) in the Philippines. Alapag, a Filipino-American native of San Bernadino, Calif., played 14 seasons in the Philippines and enjoyed a storied career as a six-time Philippines Basketball Association (PBA) champion, two-time PBA Finals MVP, PBA MVP in 2011 and an 11-time PBA All-Star. As a head coach, Alapag won the ABL championship in 2018.
Akachi Okugo joins the Stockton Kings as an Assistant Coach after spending the past four seasons in the player development department with the Sacramento Kings and was most recently named the Player Development Manager during the 2020-21 season. Okugo is a graduate of California State University, San Marcos where he was a basketball standout, ranking second in school history for threes made. He garnered Honorable Mention All-Conference as a senior.
Sydney Haydel will serve as Director of Basketball Operations for the Stockton Kings and Player Development Coordinator for Sacramento. Haydel will assist Paul Johnson, Kings Vice President of Player Development and General Manager of the Stockton Kings, and joins the Kings after spending the past five years at the NBA league office in the Basketball Strategy and Analytics department where she played a key role in the completion of the NBA restart bubble. Haydel, a former Division 1 athlete at the University of Hawaii, also taught basketball at the grassroots level around the globe working with the Jr. NBA teaching in India, China and Leading Youth Sports and Development (LYSD) while in West Africa.
Kaiti Jones will serve as the Performance Coach and Sport Scientist for the Kings. Jones arrives in Stockton after spending the previous five seasons at the University of Louisville and four of the five seasons as the women’s basketball strength and conditioning coach. At Louisville, Jones led the development, implementation and analysis of sport-specific preparation, training, assessment, testing, screening and monitoring for athletes. Jones will join Katie Babcock, who is returning to the Stockton Kings for her fourth season as the Head Athletic Trainer.