SALT LAKE CITY — Mike Wells' coaching stint at the University of Toledo will apparently be pretty darned short.
His coaching stint with the Utah Jazz, however, is apparently just beginning.
Jordan Strack, a weekend sports anchor for WTOL-11 in Ohio, broke the news Tuesday morning via Twitter that Wells, who was hired as an assistant coach at Toledo in April, will take a job as an assistant on the staff of new Jazz head coach Quin Snyder.
Wells' position on the Utah coaching staff's pecking order remains to be seen, and when reached by telephone Tuesday afternoon, general manager Dennis Lindsey would not comment on the report regarding Wells' hiring but said that the Jazz would likely be issuing a press release about their coaching staff in the near future.
"I couldn't be happier for Mike Wells," Toledo coach Tod Kowalczyk told the Toledo Blade. "He's one of the best guys I've been around. He had a chance to return to the NBA, and I'm really happy for him.
"Mike has worked for some of the best coaches in the NBA," Kowalczyk said when Wells was hired by Toledo in April. "... One area we really need to get better at is defense, and Mike has a great defensive mind which will help us all grow in that department.”
That last statement would certainly apply as well when it comes to the Jazz, who were one of the worst — if not THE worst — defensive teams in the NBA last season.
Wells and Lindsey have worked together for nearly two decades, going back to their time together with the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs.
Wells' experience in the NBA began in 1995 with Houston, where he started as an assistant video coordinator and worked his way up the ranks to a job as an assistant coach before leaving the Rockets in 2004 to become an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers for one season (2004-05) under head coach Rudy Tomjanovich. Wells then went to work for San Antonio from 2005-09, with the Spurs winning an NBA championship (2007) during his time there.
He also spent two seasons with the Washington Wizards (2009-11) before moving on to George Mason University, where he spent two seasons (2011-13), followed by one season (2013-14) at the University of South Florida before taking the job at Toledo.
Wells also worked as the head scout for Team USA from 1998-2003, helping with a squad which won the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics and a bronze medal at the 1998 FIBA World Championships.
Wells is a 1993 graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene, where he played basketball for two seasons and earned a degree in sports management, then served as an assistant coach for two seasons while earning his Master's Degree in sports science from the United States Sports Academy — where Lindsey also earned a degree in 1994.
Wells and his wife, Jacqueline, are the parents of two sons, Trenton and Troy.
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