Jay Humphries Named First Ever Head Coach of Reno Bighorns

Jay Humphries played eleven seasons in the NBA with the Suns, Bucks, Jazz, and Celtics.
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RENO, September 10, 2008 – The Reno Bighorns announced today that Jay Humphries, an 11-year NBA veteran and former assistant coach of the Phoenix Suns, will lead the new Reno Bighorns team into its first season.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to establish a winning tradition here in Reno and put a quality brand of basketball on the court,” Humphries said.

The announcement was held at The Children’s Cabinet, the Reno Bighorns’ newest community partnership. Founded 22 years ago, The Children's Cabinet has evolved as one of the most important non-profit entities in Northern Nevada, dedicated to the well-being of area children and families.

“We welcome Jay and his family to the Bighorns family,” said David Kahn, the team’s owner. “Jay’s long and distinguished NBA playing career coupled with his previous head coaching experience overseas catapulted him to the top of the list of our coaching candidates.

“He is eager to make his mark in this community, not only on the floor, but also off the floor as we partner with organizations such as the Children’s Cabinet."

Before joining the Suns’ staff for the 2007-08 season in Phoenix, Humphries spent five seasons coaching in the Korean Professional Basketball League in South Korea as head coach of the Inchon ET Land Black Slamer and as an associate head coach for the Wonju TG Xers, who won two KBL titles during his three-year stint with the team. Prior to that, he served one season as associate head coach for the Jilin Northeastern Tigers on the Chinese Basketball Association.

Humphries, 45, was the 13th player taken overall in the 1984 draft by the Suns and played three-plus seasons with the Suns, averaging 10.8 points and 6.3 assists in 294 games. Traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in 1988, he owns career averages of 11.1 points and 5.5 assists in 788 games with four teams – the Suns, Bucks, Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics.

Humphries enjoyed a standout collegiate career at the University of Colorado, where he held 16 school records. He still leads the school in career assists (562), career steals (309) and minutes played (3,864).

The decision to make the announcement in partnership with the Children’s Cabinet again demonstrates the Bighorns’ ties to the community. Previously, the team announced its formation on February 29 at the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, where the Bighorns pledged 250 hours of community service and donated 10 season tickets. In July, the team announced its name and logo at the annual Big Brothers/Big Sisters picnic.

Humphries and his wife, Angelica, reside in Parker, Colo. He has three daughters: Britni, Courtni and J’den, and one son, Xavier.