Joel Abelson enters his first season as head coach of the Skyforce. He was introduced as the 15th head coach in franchise history on August 10 after spending the past five seasons as an associate head coach/assistant coach in the NBA Development League.
Abelson served as associate head coach of the Idaho Stampede the past two seasons under former Skyforce guard Randy Livingston. He was an assistant coach in Idaho the previous two seasons under Bryan Gates (2008-09) and Bob MacKinnon (2009-10). He broke into the NBA D-League as director of basketball operations with the Tulsa 66ers in 2007-08 working under Joey Meyer following a basketball operations internship with the Charlotte Bobcats in 2007.
The University of Michigan graduate was an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors summer league entry in July and in prior summers trained collegiate and professional players at the Bob Hill Basketball Camp (2009, 2010) and Impact Basketball (2008).
Darren Kohne enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Skyforce. He joins the professional ranks after working in Division I college basketball the past 12 seasons.
Kohne served as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for the menís basketball team at Central Michigan University from 2006-12. For three straight years (2009, 2010 and 2011) and four times overall (2007), CMUís recruiting class was ranked atop the Mid-American Conference by hoopsonline.com. Prior to his six-year run at CMU, Kohne was an assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin State University (2003-06) and High Point University (2002-03) in addition to serving as an administrative assistant at Bowling Green State University (2000-02).
Kohne also has AAU and high school coaching experience. He was the head coach of the T-Town Boyz AAU program from 1993-00. The 1998 squad won the NAYB national championship and a total of 12 players during his tenure went on to play at the collegiate level. The Toledo, Ohio native was an assistant varsity coach for the boyís basketball team at Bowsher High School (1999-00) and girlís basketball team at Notre Dame Academy (1998-99).
The 35-year-old earned a bachelorís degree in Business Management (2000) and masterís degree in Business Administration (2003) from the University of Toledo.
DeSean Hadley enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Skyforce. He served as an assistant coach with the Idaho Stampede the past two seasons.
Hadley appeared in 69 career games (21 starts) in the NBA Development League with the Stampede (53) and Skyforce (16). He averaged 14.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 180 career games in the Continental Basketball Association with the Skyforce (48), Stampede (47), Great Lakes Storm (48) and Flint Fuze (37). His individual accolades while playing in the CBA include the 2003-04 Defensive Player of the Year award, two All-League Second Team selections, two All-Star Game selections, one All-Defensive Team selection and one All-Rookie Team selection. He averaged 16.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists in nine postseason contests with the Skyforce to help the franchise capture the 2005 CBA Championship.
The Dayton, Ohio native earned a bachelorís degree in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University.
Jermaine Byrd enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Skyforce. He was an assistant coach for the Tulsa 66ers last season after serving as video coordinator (2010-11) and basketball operations assistant (2009-10) the previous two seasons.
Byrd served as an assistant coach for the USA Menís Basketball team that earned a bronze medal at the 2011 Pan American Games. Prior to his arrival in Tulsa, Byrd held the role of director of basketball operations for the University of Houston womenís basketball team from 2006-08. He enjoyed a successful college basketball career at the University of Sioux Falls as he helped lead the team to its first Final Four appearance in school history.
The Houston, Texas native graduated from USF in May of 2006 with a bachelorís degree in Social Science.
Scott Schroeder enters his first season as director of basketball operations for the Skyforce. He covered the NBA Development League extensively the past few seasons as the lead blogger for Ridiculous Upside.
In addition to his work at RU, he contributed as a writer for NBC Sportsí Pro Basketball Talk, SB Nation and AOL FanHouse. Schroeder held the position of media/public relations director for the Dakota Wizards (2009-10) and director of operations for the Minot Skyrockets (2008-09) after working part-time with the Wizards from 2006-08.
The Bismarck, N.D. native graduated from Bemidji State University in May of 2009 with a degree in Sport Management.
Justin Van Kooten enters his first season as basketball operations assistant for the Skyforce. He served as head coach and assistant coach for the Southwest Minnesota Stars AAU basketball program and also assisted with the Roosevelt High School basketball program the past two summers.
Van Kooten was an assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach at Baltic High School last season. A four-year member of the basketball team at Dordt College, he works full-time at Dakota Sports and is also a part-time basketball specialist at Sanford POWER TIBBS Basketball Academy.
The Pella, Iowa native graduated from Dordt in May of 2010 with a bachelorís degree in Business Administration.
Dustin Schramm, entering his 12th season with the organization, serves as the teamís athletic trainer. Schramm is a full-time employee of Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and covers area high schools in the spring and fall.
During the summer he works with high school athletes from the surrounding area that are part of the Sanford POWER program, a program designed to provide athletes ages 11-adult with the unique training tools, environment and motivation needed to obtain their maximum athletic performance and to achieve their desired fitness goals.
A native of Winner, S.D., Schramm graduated from Dakota Wesleyan in 1998 with a degree in Sports Medicine. While attending DWU he served as a student athletic trainer for various athletic programs.
Dustin and his wife, Lisa, reside in Sioux Falls with their twin boys, Kemmer and Dagen, daughter, Tierney and son, Bronson. He also has a son, Chase, who lives in North Carolina.