The Portland Trail Blazers have announced the hiring of Rob Werdann and Zendon Hamilton as assistant coaches for the Idaho Stampede, and will join head coach Mike Peck.
Both coaches are alumni of St. John’s, and played in the NBA. Werdann spent three season in the Association, and appeared in 47 games. Hamilton logged five seasons in the NBA with the L.A. Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers. Interestingly enough, Hamilton played in six preseason games for the Portland Trail Blazers in 2006.
Peck spoke with DLeagueDigest.com about each of the the hires. “I’m excited about both of our hires. With Zendon’s playing experience and Robert’s vast coaching and scouting background, I’m confident that our staff has all the necessary components not only to continue to develop our players at a high level, but to also help put our team in a position to compete successfully night in and night out.”
The additions of Werdann and Hamilton solidifies the Stampede’s coaching staff for the 2013-2014 season. In his first season as a head coach, Peck finished with a 19-31 record and missed the playoffs. However, with two new coaches to assist him, and a full season to build off of, Peck and the Stampede will likely improve on last season’s results.