OREM As the Utah Flash begin their inaugural season in the NBA Development League, they look to a coaching staff and front office with experience to help the team succeed immediately.
Brad Jones, who had been a regional scout for the Utah Jazz since 2001, will coach the team. Jones' background in coaching stems from his tenure as head coach of the men's basketball team at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn.
During Jones' time at Lambuth, he was awarded Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year twice, won two conference championships, won at least 20 games five straight seasons, and led the team to its first national tournament appearance in school history.
Jones is joined on the coaching staff by assistant coach Dale Osbourne, who has the D-League experience that Jones lacks, and director of basketball operations Kevin Young, who was recently the head coach of a professional team in Ireland and an assistant at UVSC.
"I knew Brad Jones from before (with the Jazz), and I thought, philosophically, that it was important that we have the same philosophy starting off," Flash general manager David Fredman said. "I think he's been very positive. His teaching is good. I probably didn't know how good of a teacher he might be."
Fredman is a veteran of the NBA, with 28 years of service to the Jazz alone. After spending time in a variety of positions, he was named the director of scouting and an assistant coach in 2000 before joining the Denver Nuggets in 2002 as the assistant general manager. He rejoined the Jazz as a scout in 2006 before joining the Flash.
"I'm happy with the dynamic that we've put together with our general manager, Dave Fredman, with his experience and background and connections," Flash president Joe Brown said.
Brown is a 2002 graduate of BYU. He earned his degree in business management, began working at uSight LLC in 2001 and has been the chief operations officer since 2002. He has worked with Flash owner Brandt Andersen at uSight and now with the Flash.
Andersen is a BYU alumnus with a degree in communications. Andersen founded uSight, a leading provider of software and services for small businesses, in 1999 while attending BYU. He has since expanded into real-estate development. He and Brown have been working on the Flash project for over a year.
The team's staff has impressed the players. Forward Brian Jackson said he thinks that the Flash is the best organization in the D-League.
"They try to run it as much like an NBA team as possible," Jackson said. "So far, I haven't seen them try to cut corners and everything else. They try to take care of things."