We have assembled a talented group of coaches with a track record of winning and successful player development. —Quin Snyder
SALT LAKE CITY — Quin Snyder has himself a coaching staff.
Brad Jones and Alex Jensen will be retained by the Utah Jazz, as has been reported. Both have also received promotions, with Jones moving up into the lead assistant position, and Jensen, the former University of Utah standout, becoming a full-time assistant, according to sources.
Ex-Duke basketball player Antonio Lang will round out Snyder's bench staff. He has vast overseas experience, including his most recent stints as the head coach of Japan's national team and the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins.
Former Ute guard Johnnie Bryant will also remain with the Jazz as a player development coach. Mike Wells, who's coming to Utah from Toledo, will join Bryant on that behind-the-scenes development staff.
"We have assembled a talented group of coaches with a track record of winning and successful player development," Snyder said in a statement released by the team. "They are high-character individuals with a diversity of experience ranging from playing professionally to coaching in the NBA, D-League, collegiately and overseas, and will be invaluable in building a strong foundation for this team."
This will be the third season with the Jazz in this stint for Jones, who was on Tyrone Corbin's staff as an assistant last season and as a player development coach in 2012-13. Jones, the nephew of Jerry Sloan, previously worked for Utah as a regional scout from 2001-07 before moving on to the D-League where he had successful runs as head coach of the Utah Flash and Austin Toros.
Jensen cut his teeth in the coaching ranks under the late Rick Majerus at St. Louis from 2007-11 before guiding the Canton Charge for two seasons. The Centerville native, a former Mr. Basketball who helped lead the Utes to the 1998 NCAA championship game, was named the D-League coach of the year in 2013. He joined the Jazz staff as a player development coach last offseason.
Like Snyder, Lang played for Duke from 1990-94 when he was part of the winningest graduating class in NCAA history. He was drafted 29th overall by the Phoenix Suns in 1994, and played for five different teams in a six-year NBA career. Most of his coaching experience has happened in international hoops, including in Japan since 2006.2 comments on this story
Wells began his NBA career in the video room in Houston (a la Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey). He has 17 years of experience at various levels in the league, including with the Rockets, Spurs and Lakers. He was hired by Toledo in April after coaching at South Florida and George Mason.
This will also be Bryant's third season with the Jazz. Following his playing days at Utah, the Utes' all-time 3-point-percentage leader helped train athletes at his Bryant Sports Academy.