The Cleveland Cavaliers announced that they have hired college assistant Alex Jensen as the first head coach of their still unnamed NBA D-League franchise in Canton, Ohio. Jensen's only coaching experience has been as an assistant under longtime Utah head coach Rick Majerus at St. Louis University.
Jensen, 35, spent his college career at the aforementioned University of Utah and then played professionally in Turkey and the CBA until transitioning into coaching prior to the 2007 season. He isn't a familiar name in coaching circles, but the fact that Wes Wilcox hired him probably means he'll work out well, a la Jay Larranaga.
"Alex is a great fit for our team and organization and what we want to develop and accomplish in Canton. He has a very successful and diverse background that is rooted in strong defensive principles and learned from one of the best coaches and basketball teachers in college basketball in Rick Majerus," Wilcox said in a press release. "Alex is also a strong communicator, has natural coaching instincts and understands the importance of building a team with a strong defensive foundation. We are very excited for him to get started."
With the hiring of Jensen, every D-League team now has a head coach. The season begins on Friday, November 25, regardless of the NBA lockout.