BAKERSFIELD, September 1, 2011 – Will Voigt will return for his third season as the Bakersfield Jam Head Coach in 2011-12, the team announced today. In his second season with the Bakersfield Jam, Coach Voigt led the Jam to recognition as the NBA Development League’s biggest turnaround of the 2010-11 campaign.
“Will is an asset to our basketball team and our community. He has built an incredible infrastructure for our organization and important relationships with our Jam partners. We are excited about the upcoming season and we believe that Will has positioned our team for continued success on and off the court,” said Bakersfield Jam Managing Partner, David Higdon.
After ending the 2009-10 season at 17-33, the Jam compiled a 29-21 regular season record last year. The best season to date in the franchise’s five-year history, the team also made their second franchise playoff appearance and earned their first franchise playoff win.
“Stan Ellis and David Higdon are wonderful people to work for,” said Coach Voigt. “They have worked hard to provide our players the best facilities in the D-League, and I am grateful to return as their head coach. I look forward to continuing our success from last season.”
Prior to joining the Jam, Coach Voigt spent three years as the Head Coach of the Vermont Frost Heaves, where he led the team to back-to-back ABA Championships in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. He was named ABA Coach of the Year and selected to coach in the All-Star Game both years.
In 2007, the Frost Heaves were named by Pro Basketball News Best Team in minor league basketball (including D-League, CBA, IBL, and USBL). After the 2007-08 season, the team transferred to the PBL where Coach Voigt once again led them to the playoffs. At the end of the season, Pro Basketball News named Will Voigt one of the top ten basketball coaches not in the NBA.
Prior to joining Frost Heaves, Coach Voigt spent three seasons as Head Coach of the Ulriken Eagles in Norway’s highest professional league, and served as an assistant coach for the Norwegian National Team for the last two years.
He has also worked as an assistant coach for both the University of Texas and Metropolitan State College in Denver. Before his coaching days, he was the head video coordinator for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs.
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