Skyforce Don’t Have a Head Coach Yet but It’s No Reason to Panic
In case you were wondering about the status of the Sioux Falls Skyforce head coaching position, the announcement has not been made yet. You may find it shocking, but it’s not unusual this season with two other NBA D-League teams in the same boat.
Pat Delany’s departure in July for a position in Charlotte has led to a search and as of mid-September no resolution has arrived for the top position for the ‘Force’s upcoming season. Ironically, the Canton Charge is another team whose bench leader, Steve Hetzel was poached by the Hornets in late May.
Number three on the list is the expansion Westchester Knicks who don’t have a head coach either and they are hosting a tryout camp in four days on September 20th. The “Baby Knicks” have already participated in an expansion draft as well.
Expect all three D-League franchises to have the position filled by the time NBA training camps open in late September.
The following list is the current status of head coach positions in the NBA Development League as of September 16, 2014.
Maine Red Claws named Scott Morrison on 8/27/14 but made official 9/15/14.
Westchester Knicks – none
Delaware 87ers Rod Baker is in his 2nd year.
Erie Bayhawks named Bill Peterson on 8/26/14.
Canton Charge – none and open since May 29, 2014
Grand Rapids Drive named Otis Smith on 9/4/14.
Iowa Energy named Bob Donewald, Jr. on 8/28/14.
Fort Wayne Mad Ants Connor Henry is in his 2nd year.
Sioux Falls Skyforce – none and open since 7/2/14.
OKC Thunder D-League formerly the Tulsa 66ers named Mark Daigneault on 8/22/14.
Austin Toros Ken McDonald is in his 2nd year.
Rio Grande Valley Vipers Nevada Smith is in his 2nd year.
Texas Legends Eduardo Najera is in his 3rd year.
Bakersfield Jam named Nate Bjorkgren on 5/13/14.
Idaho Stampede named Dean Cooper on 8/13/14.
Los Angeles D-Fenders named Phil Hubbard on 8/28/14.
Santa Cruz Warriors Casey Hill is in his 2nd year.
Reno Bighorns Joel Abelson is in his 2nd year.
The Skyforce will begin their season on November 15 at Fort Wayne to take on the defending NBADL champion Mad Ants. Want to recall the playoff clash at the Sanford Pentagon between those two teams? Look out below.