Delaware 87ers Name Rod Baker First Coach in Franchise History

NEWARK, DE. - NOVEMBER 13, 2013 - The Delaware 87ers today announced that they have named Rod Baker the first coach in franchise history. Baker brings 35 years of coaching experience to the Sevens and most recently served as an assistant coach for the Bakersfield Jam.

"We had a long list of worthy candidates interested in coaching the Sevens and are thrilled to have a coach as experienced and successful as Rod join our organization," said 87ers General Manager Brandon D. Williams. "Rod is a proven winner and is well-versed in developing young players both on and off the court."

Last season, Baker helped guide the Jam to a franchise best record of 36-14. Prior to joining the Jam, he spent seven seasons as head coach of the Rochester RazorSharks of the Premier Basketball League.

Baker won over 80% of his games with the RazorSharks, compiling a 147-36 mark. He led the team to four championships and was named Coach of the Year three times.

A graduate of Holy Cross, Baker has an extensive college coaching background. He began his career as an assistant at Columbia University and has also coached at Tufts University, Seton Hall, UC Irvine, Cincinnati and Rutgers.

Coach Baker and the entire 87ers training camp roster will be available for interviews at tomorrow's Media Day which takes place at Delaware Technical Community College's Stanton Campus Gymnasium from 10 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. Media planning to attend should present their 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers Season Credential or contact Nicole Pender of Delaware 87ers Public Relations at

The 87ers are holding a free open practice followed by a team autograph session at Delaware Tech on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 11:30 a.m. till 12:30 p.m.