Bobcats Unveil New Scouting Staff
Charlotte Bobcats Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Bernie Bickerstaff and General Manager Rod Higgins announced on Friday the hiring of Scott Howard as Director of Scouting, Rich Sheubrooks as Director of Global Scouting and Darrel Johnson, Dennis Nutt and Jim Thrash as Scouts.
Howard spent last season as a scout for the Milwaukee Bucks after spending two seasons with the Toronto Raptors as Director of International Player Personnel, where he was responsible for all aspects of player personnel outside of North America. Howard, who previously spent 17 seasons as a collegiate coach, also served as a scout for the Washington Wizards from 2000-04.
Sheubrooks joins the Bobcats after spending the last six seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies as Director of Global Scouting. Sheubrooks also serves as a Global Basketball Consultant for Nike, directing and organizing camps across South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. He previously served as Executive Director of the Charlotte Sports Commission from 1994-97 and has maintained a residence at Lake Norman while living in Europe for the past 11 years.
Johnson joins the Bobcats as a full-time scout, having spent the past three seasons in a part-time capacity. He brings nine years of experience as a college head coach, including two seasons at Baylor University and two seasons at Oklahoma City University, where he won back-to-back NAIA National Championships in 1991 and 1992.
Nutt comes to the Bobcats after spending last season as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina University under Bobcats Director of Player Personnel Buzz Peterson. Prior to that, he spent six seasons as head coach at Texas State University, where his team finished .500 or better in Southland Conference play in each of his first five years.
Thrash continues his long-standing relationship with Bobcats General Manager Rod Higgins, for whom he served as a scout in Golden State for the past three seasons. Thrash’s collegiate experience includes two seasons as an assistant coach at Purdue, two seasons as head coach at the College of Southern Idaho and seven seasons as an assistant coach at Fresno State, where he coached Higgins.