LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne announced that it has promoted assistant coach T.J. Parker to become the team's newest head coach. He replaces Zvezdan Mitrovic, who was dismissed last month. Frederic Fauthoux will serve as Parker's chief assistant coach. The younger brother of team president Tony Parker, the 36-year-old T.J. Parker has been a member of ASVEL's coaching staff in different capacities since 2013. He served as the club's interim head coach at the end of the 2017-18 season and made his Turkish Airlines EuroLeague debut on the bench against Real Madrid in January of last season when Mitrovic was out sick. Parker played college basketball at Northwestern University before returning to France and playing professionally for Paris-Levallois, SLUC Nancy and ASVEL as a point guard. Injuries forced him into retirement in 2010 at the age of 26.
Fauthoux, 47, arrives from Metropolitans 92, the team he coached for the last five seasons. He started his coaching career with Pau-Nord-Est in the French fifth division and joined Metropolitans in 2015. As a player, Fauthoux played for Pau-Orthez for 17 consecutive seasons, from 1990 to 2007, and helped it win seven French League titles. He also played 47 times with the French national team, with which he won a bronze medal at EuroBasket 2005.