Jam Announce Coaching Staff
BAKERSFIELD, October 29, 2010 — Bakersfield Head Coach Will Voigt added Michael Bree and Eric Minor to his coaching staff for the 2010-11 season, the Jam announced today.
"I am excited about our staff this year; we have a group that works incredibly hard and is dedicated to the development of our players and the success of our organization," Voigt said.
Bree is a former Davidson College basketball player who graduated with degrees in Economics and Sociology. Bree played in Europe professionally for eight years, in France, Germany, Spain, Poland and Sweden. He earned several awards and accolades, including captain honors throughout his career, an MVP award in college and Ireland, and All-Star honors in Sweden. He began his coaching career in 2006 and is a fully certified FIBA Coach.
Minor played college basketball at South Suburban College and Kentucky State University; he holds a Masters of Science Degree in Sports Administration from Valparaiso University. Following college, Minor played for a Canadian touring team and Windy City Soldiers of the International Basketball League. Minor began his coaching career at Kentucky State University as a student assistant coach. He then moved on to Percy L. Julian High School where he served as the varsity assistant coach. Minor also served as associate head coach and director of player operations for the Windy City Soldiers. In 2008, he joined the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League as an assistant coach and most recently served as the lead instructor for the Chicago Bulls Basketball Schools, running camps and clinics.
"Our goal is to continue the momentum that we had from the end of last season," said Voigt in announcing his coaching staff. "We are very proud of the development that last year’s team made and hope to replicate that again."
The Jam opens regular season play at home against Tulsa 66ers on November 19.
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2009-10 season, the league featured 16 teams – including the debut of the Maine Red Claws and the Springfield Armor, while a new team, the Texas Legends, will join the League for the 2010-11 season. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.