Bakersfield Announces New Coaching Staff

BAKERSFIELD, November 15, 2011 Ė The Bakersfield Jam announced today two new Assistant Coaches and five additions to the coaching staff for the 2011-12 NBA Development League Season.

Former Jam player John Bryant and former Assistant Coach for the CSUB Mensí Basketball Program Brian Dignan will serve as Assistant Coaches to third year Jam Head Coach, Will Voigt.

Bryant was Bakersfieldís sixth round pick in the 2010 NBA D-League Draft, appearing in 12 games last season before sustaining a career ending injury. Prior to coming to the Jam, he played professionally in Germany, Australia and England. He also played for Coach Voigtís Championship Team, the Vermont Frost Heaves of the ABA, for three seasons. Bryant played collegiately at Saint Joseph's University for Phil Martelli from 2000-2005 where he started on the Hawks 2003-2004 team that went 27-0 in the regular season. During his five years at SJU (his first season as a redshirt), the Hawks made five post season appearances, with three in the NCAA Tournament and two in the NIT. In addition to his experience on the court, Bryantís off court experience included serving as a Basketball Camp Counselor for seven years at Saint Josephís University and working as a certified personal trainer for L.A. Fitness.

Prior to joining the Jam, Dignan served as an Assistant Coach for the California State University-Bakersfield Mensí Basketball Team for 10 seasons. During his tenure, he helped lead CSUBís transition from NCAA Division II to Division I sports and taught courses in the Physical Education Department from 2006-2008. Dignan also served as Assistant Coach at Cuesta College and Student Assistant Coach at Brigham Young University. He played collegiately at BYU for two years, after transferring from Cuesta College, where he was named team captain both years and was voted Most Inspirational Athlete at BYU his senior season.

The Jam also added a Video Coordinator, Nelson Terroba, three Basketball Operations Interns, George Galanopoulos, Ryan Marchand and Josh Twiddy, and an Assistant Athletic Trainer, Akira Nishikaji, to their staff for the upcoming season.

Prior to coming to Bakersfield, Terroba was the Associate Head Coach and World History/Leadership teacher at Austin High School. Terroba has coached at every level from Division 1 college basketball to youth select teams. A respected teacher of the game, he has served as a defensive/offensive clinician at Snow Valley Basketball School and as a site coordinator/basket instructor for Point Guard College. In addition, Terroba is the founder of Hoops 101 Basketball, LLC, a basketball training organization in Austin. While in college, he served as Head Student Manager for the University of Texas for three years and was elevated to a full time staff position as Special Assistant to the Head Coach & Texas Longhorn Basketball Camp Director under Rick Barnes. He also served as an Assistant Coach for the Olympus Cup Greece Summer Team while in college.

Galanopoulos most recently interned for ATTACK Athletics in Chicago, IL. He was also an Individual Player Development Intern for the Chicago Bulls and served as Manager for the Indiana University Menís Basketball Team his junior year of college. In addition, Galanopoulos coached at the Middle School and High School levels in Iowa, Texas, Illinois, and Indiana.

Marchand served as Head Manager for the San Jose State University Menís Basketball Team for two seasons. In addition, he was an Assistant Basketball Coach at Paradise High School and Head/Assistant Coach in various AAU programs throughout Northern California. Marchand was also the Western Athletic Conference Representative for the National Association of College Basketball Managers in 2011.

Twiddy served as Manager for the University of Akron Menís Basketball Team for two years. He also coached at Rootstown Middle School, Whitmer Basketball Academy (AAU) and Mogadore Youth Basketball. In addition, Twiddy assisted at numerous basketball camps including LeBron James Skills Academy, University of Akron, Five Star (Louisville Hoops), Georgetown University and University of Kentucky. He also taught and tutored Earth Science at numerous Elementary, Middle, and High Schools and served as the Student Aide at the Akron General Sports and Physical Therapy for two years.

Nishikaji most recently worked at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. During his college years at Ohio Northern University, he assisted with the softball, football, menís soccer, womenís basketball teams, athletic training room, and the wrestling invitational tournament. He is a BOC certified athletic trainer and also a professional member of the National Athletic Trainer Association.

Both Brian Levy, Director of Player Personnel, and Tim DiFrancesco, Head Athletic Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Coach, are returning for their second and third seasons respectively.