Portland Trail Blazers add 14 staff members

Portland Trail Blazers normal supervisor Joe Cronin on Tuesday introduced the addition of 14 new hires to the basketball operations staff, boosting the group per week earlier than coaching camp opens in Santa Barbara, Calif.

(*14*)The additions:

Jonah Herscu: Herscu joins as an assistant coach after spending the previous three seasons with Sacramento. Herscu began with the Kings as an advance scout in 2019 earlier than turning into an assistant coach in 2021. Herscu spent three seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers previous to becoming a member of the Kings. He labored for the Lakers as an advance scout and participant improvement assistant in 2018-19, and as an assistant video coordinator in 2016-18.

David Adkins: Adkins, who has 29 years of expertise in teaching and participant improvement, joins as director of participant improvement. Adkins spent the 2021-22 season in Los Angeles as a participant improvement coach for the Clippers and was the highest assistant for the crew’s G League affiliate, the Agua Caliente Clippers. Before that, Adkins labored for seven seasons with the Washington Wizards as an assistant coach and director of participant improvement.

Tina Thompson: Thompson enters her first season as a scout for the Trail Blazers after serving as the top coach of the Virginia Cavaliers ladies’s basketball crew from 2018-2022. Thompson, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, was a four-time WNBA Champion with the Houston Comets, a nine-time WNBA All-Star and an eight-time All-WNBA honoree. The former USC star additionally earned gold medals with Team USA on the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

Dale Boyd: Boyd shall be an assistant power coach for the Blazers. Boyd spent the 2021-22 season because the assistant power and conditioning coach and sports activities scientist for Overtime Elite after beforehand holding an internship with P3 in Atlanta. Boyd has additionally labored within the G League and spent the 2019-20 season because the assistant power and conditioning coach for the Oregon males’s basketball program.

Swenge Lomani: Lomani joined the Blazers staff in March as an International Scout. A French native, he performed within the France minor leagues. Lomani grew to become an agent on the age of 21 and spent the subsequent 13 years advising and creating gamers on and off the courtroom in each basketball and soccer.

Jason Luhnow: Luhnow enters his first season as a full-time assistant video coordinator after becoming a member of the Trail Blazers as a video intern in January. Luhnow performed basketball at Lake Oswego High School and Lewis and Clark College. He additionally performed for the Woodville Warriors of the National Basketball League One division in Australia.

Nico Mathieu: Mathieu joins the staff as a world scout after working as a guide for the San Antonio Spurs. The French native started his scouting profession working independently for a number of French golf equipment beginning in 2014.

Jacob Mooallem: Mooallem would be the crew’s analytics coach. Mooallem spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach for the New Zealand Breakers of the National Basketball League and beforehand labored as a video scout at DraftExpress, working carefully with present Blazers assistant normal supervisor, Mike Schmitz. The West Palm Beach, Fla. native served as head video supervisor at Indiana University, graduating in 2020.

Katherine Overman: Overman enters her first season as a senior knowledge scientist with analysis and improvement. Overman earned her Ph.D. in Physics at Emory University in 2022, the place she did her analysis modeling animal habits patterns, particularly with fruit flies. Prior to that, she graduated from Augusta University, with a double main in math and physics.

Juanita Samborski: Samborski will work as a software program developer with analysis and improvement. She has intensive expertise as a contract developer, creating useful, intuitive person interfaces for purchasers in quite a lot of fields. She is a graduate of the University of Washington with a certificates in full stack improvement and earned a bachelor of arts from Texas Tech University.

Ikenna Smart: Smart is a brand new assistant video coordinator. Smart most not too long ago labored with the Alabama males’s basketball program as a graduate assistant from 2020-2022. There, he supported the defensive coordinator and analytics crew whereas aiding with participant improvement. Smart performed faculty basketball for Wake Forest in 2018-2019 as a graduate switch and earned a grasp’s diploma in Liberal Studies with a focus in Global Studies. Before transferring to Wake Forest, Smart spent 4 seasons on the University of Buffalo.

Micah Smith: Smith joins the crew as an assistant athletic coach after spending final season as the top athletic coach for the G League’s Wisconsin Herd. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) along with holding credentials as a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES). Smith holds a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from LeTourneau and a Master of Science in Sports Rehabilitation and Sports Psychology from California University of Pennsylvania.

Trevor Smith: Smith turns into the crew’s new ssoftware program engineer and can work with the analysis and improvement group in architecting instruments and knowledge processes, serving to develop inner techniques for supporting workflows and decision-making. He is a graduate of Oregon with extra certifications from immersion software program engineering applications.

Taylor Walden: Walden joined the Blazers in March as a supervisor of efficiency science. Walden brings a decade of expertise monitoring and analyzing efficiency knowledge to Portland’s well being and efficiency staff. She spent the previous 5 years working as a participant well being operations supervisor on the NBA’s league workplace. Prior to that, Walden spent 5 years working for the United States Olympic Committee in varied sports activities medication roles. A local of Southern California, Walden is a graduate of Pace University the place she performed soccer.

— Aaron Fentress | afentress@Oregonian.com | @AaronJFentress (Twitter), @AaronJFentress (Instagram), @AaronFentress (Facebook).

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