This week, the Santa Cruz Warriors watched head coach Nate Bjorkgren (the same man who led them to the NBA D-League Finals this past spring), head on home to Iowa to assume the same position with the Energy.
Moving quickly, the team didn't wait very long to name Bjorkgren's replacement. As expected, Santa Cruz opted to promote from within, naming assistant Casey Hill as his former boss' successor.
Just 30 years of age, not only is Hill widely regarded as a brilliant defensive mind (similarly to Bjorkgren), the son of longtime NBA coach Bob Hill is also considered one of the league's true up and coming young coaching stars.
Hill's busy offseason was reportedly filled with multiple interviews for head coaching positions elsewhere in the D-League. Had Bjorkgren stayed in Santa Cruz, who knows whether or not Hill would have returned to town to assist him once again this coming season.
But before eyeing a head coaching position for himself, Hill still managed to fit one notable assistant coaching gig in his schedule. Appearing on the sidelines during NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, the new Warriors' coach did a masterful job helping Alex Jensen lead the NBA D-League Select Team to an impressive 4-1 record against some tough competition.