Marc Iavaroni, who was fired in January as head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, joins the Raptors coaching staff as an assistant. ((Nathan Denette/Canadian Press))

Toronto Raptors head coach Jay Triano will be joined on the bench next season by a pair of assistant coaches who bring a combined 42 years of playing and coaching experience to the Raptors staff.  

Marc Iavaroni and Alex English were named assistant coaches on Friday. English has been an assistant in Toronto the last five seasons.

"I am very excited to continue working with Alex and to add Marc to the staff," Triano said in a statement. "They share our philosophy on the direction of the team, yet possess different skill sets that will be valuable to me."

Triano became Toronto's interim head coach after Sam Mitchell was fired Dec. 3. He signed a three-year contract as head coach on May 11.

Iavaroni was head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies the past two seasons, but was fired in January. Before that, he held assistant positions in Phoenix, Miami and Cleveland.

He played seven years in the NBA with Utah, San Antonio and Philadelphia, where he won the 1983 NBA championship as a rookie. 

Iavaroni and Triano worked together at the annual Eurocamp in Italy.

English returns to the Raptors bench for a sixth season, his eighth as an NBA coach.

The Basketball Hall of Famer and eight-time NBA all-star joined the Toronto coaching staff after a 2003-04 season as an assistant with the 76ers. He was director of player personnel and assistant coach of the Atlanta Hawks in 2002-03.

English played 16 seasons in the NBA and racked up 25,613 career points, ranking him 12th all time.

He played two years each in Milwaukee and Indiana, and spent 11 seasons with the Denver Nuggets before retiring in 1990-91 with the Dallas Mavericks.

With files from The Canadian Press