Clay Moser Tabbed as Bighorns Assistant Coach
Sept. 16, 2010
RENO, Nev.— Clay Moser, a former NBA Development League head coach and advance scout for several NBA teams, has been named the top assistant on Head Coach Eric Musselman’s staff, the Reno Bighorns announced today.
Moser, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, worked with Musselman at the Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors and with the Dominican Republic National Team.
“Clay will be a tremendous asset to the Bighorns,” Musselman said. “He has a remarkable background and I’ll lean heavily on his experience as a head coach in the NBA D-League. Clay has great loyalty and a phenomenal work ethic. He is as organized as any coach I have ever been around.”
Moser comes to the Bighorns with extensive experience throughout professional basketball. He served as head coach of the NBA D-League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the 2008-09 season, guiding the team to a 21-29 record. That season, Moser helped North Carolina forward Jawad Williams earn NBA D-League Player of the Month honors and a GATORADE call-Up to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He has also been a key element to several staffs throughout the NBA. Most recently, Moser served as an advance scout for the Cavaliers. He served in a similar capacity with the Orlando Magic (2007-08), Sacramento Kings (2006-07) and Golden State Warriors (2002-03). Moser worked as the vice president of business development in the 2005-06 season for the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs in the 2005 NBA Summer League and as a business consultant for the NBA in 2005.
Moser’s coaching trail has taken him outside of the United States, as well, including stops with the Dominican Republic National Team and Jilin Northeastern Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association.
He served as head coach and president of the Great Lakes Storm in the Continental Basketball Association, was head coach at Treasure Valley Community College, assistant coach for the Sioux Falls Skyforce and head coach in the Southern California Summer Pro League. He coached the Westchester Wildfire in the USBL playoffs, and also served as the top assistant at Fergus Falls Community College (MN). From 1987-89, Moser helped lead North Carolina State to two NCAA Tournament appearances—including a spot in the 1989 Sweet 16.
Moser’s executive background includes serving as general manager and vice president of the Sioux Falls Skyforce, vice president of the CBA, CEO of the Idaho Stampede and as a member of the board of directors with USA Basketball.
The Bighorns begin their third season on Saturday, Nov. 20, at home against the Utah Flash. The Bighorns look to build on a successful 2009-10 campaign, which saw them earn the first playoff berth in franchise history.
Reno Bighorns 2010-11 full- and partial-season tickets are available now by calling the Bighorns front office at (775) 284-2NBA, and additional information is available at RenoBighorns.com.
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.