Coach Jermaine Barnes (ex Cibao Immortals) agreed terms with Taipei Pirates


The Taipei East Pirates (TAT) will be led by Jermaine Barnes , a 40-year-old American coach. He most recently coached at Immortals de Cibao in the Dominican LDC Superior League.

He coached the US Senior National Team in 2016 winning a silver medal in the William Jones Cup.

Barnes has also coached professionally in Germany (Rheinland), Mexico (Pioneras de Delicias), Morocco (AMIB), Lebanon (Chabibeh), Spain (SG Bergishe Loewen), France (Chiyah) and Dominican Republic (GIE Cibao Immortals).

In 2020, he was voted All-German 2.Bundesliga Coach of the Year after leading his club to the finals with a 18-2 record.

"I'm very excited to return to Taiwan", said Barnes. The best moments of my career were in Taiwan at the Jones Cup. So I am very excited to return. Jeff Joseph was responsible for me playing in Taiwan and now also for me coaching in Taiwan. I am ready to work!

Barnes is entering his seventh season as a professional coach. A native of Atlanta, Ga., he played collegiately for Point University, earning first-team All-American & Player of the Year honors his senior season. Barnes spent 15 seasons of professional basketball across globe including Japan (Renova), Saudi Arabia (Al Ahli), Urugay (Universitario), Mexico (Frayles), Taiwan (US National Team), Germany (Loewen), Spain (Parc Boet), Costa Rica (Liberia), Cyprus (Yenicami), Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), Morocco (AMIB), Dominican Republic (Titanes de Miramar), Lebanon (Chabibeh).

In 2012, he won a silver medal at the FIBA William Jones Cup as a member of the Men's US National Team. He was voted All-Jones Cup Defensive First Team and All-Tournament honors. He would later sign a non-guaranteed contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Head Coach: USA Women National Team -2016
William Jones Cup for Women in Taiwan -2016 (Silver)
Head Coach: Copa Mitchell Cup (Gold) -2015,16,17
Copa Mitchell Cup in Dominican Republic -2018
Lebanese Cup Finalist -2017 All-Mediterranean Cup Best Coach -2018, 19, 20
Mediterranean Cup in Barcelona (Spain) Winner -2018
Coach: Lebanese WLBL All-Star Game -2017, 18 All-Liga Catalonia Cup Best Coach (Spain) -2018
Liga Catalonia Cup Winner in Barcelona -2018 All-German 2.Bundesliga Coach of the Year -2019
German 2.Bundesliga Finalist -2019, 20
Mediterranean Cup Winner (France) -2019
Moroccan Throne Cup Winner (Africa) -2021 All-Moroccan Throne Cup Best Coach -2021 All-Moroccan DEX-D Coach of the Year -2021 All-United Cup Coach of the Year -2020, 21, 22, 23
United Cup Winner -2020, 21, 22
Head Coach: Dominican Republic LDC All-Star Game -2021, 22, 23, 24 All-Dominican Rep. LDC Coach of the Year -2021, 22, 23
Dominican Rep. LDC Regular Season Champion -2022
United Cup Superior Champion -2022 All-Dominican Republic LDC Superior Coach of the Year -2023
Dominican Republic LDC Superior Finalist -2023
Dominican Republic LDC Lopez Cup Best Coach -2022, 23