Nate Tibbetts, a young and rising star in the coaching ranks, has joined the Trail Blazers as an assistant coach.

Tibbetts, 35, spent the past two seasons as an assistant with Cleveland. He interviewed for the head coaching position in Charlotte last summer, and again earlier this month. Prior to Cleveland, he spent two years as the head coach for Tulsa in the Development League, where he made the playoffs each season and compiled a .610 winning percentage.

With Cleveland, Tibbetts excelled in player development and was singled out by Kyrie Irving during Irving's Rookie of the Year acceptance speech.

"He has been instrumental in developing young players in the D-League and in the NBA,'' head coach Terry Stotts said in a statement. "His successful head coaching experience in the D-League provides a unique ability, which will complement our current staff.''