The Jazz made some staff additions. Utah announced in a press release today that the team will be bringing back assistant coaches Alex Jensen, Lamar Skaterand Brian Baileywho all operated as assistants under the former Jazz head coach Quin Snyderto work under the new head coach Will Hardy.
They will join a strong staff of assistants who understand the Jason Terry, Evan Bradd, Irv Roland, and Sean Sheldon. Other staff discussed in the statement include player development coaches Chris Jones and Sanjay Lumpkin, who previously had various gigs under the Snyder regime. Utah is recruiting Neighborhood Becca as the team’s new director of operations. The team video coordinator will be Anthony Beaumontassisted by Andre Warren and Matthew Temple.
In terms of other new additions, the Jazz also announced that the former longtime Utah wing Jeff Hornacek will return to the team as a coaching consultant. Hornacek worked as an assistant coach for Utah from 2011 to 2013 under head coach Tyrone Corbin. Most recently, he was an assistant coach on Stephane SilasRockets staff from 2020 to 2022.
Utah is rebuilding its seismic roster, after already offloading veterans Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Royce O’Neale and Patrick Beverly this summer in separate offers. The team appears to be prioritizing a long-term rebuild, hoarding heaps of future draft picks and young players into its trades this summer and building a coaching cadre intended to nurture its youth for years to come.