Adam Simon enters his first season as general manager, basketball operations for the Skyforce. Simon, who also holds the role of assistant general manager with the Miami HEAT, will oversee the basketball operations of the NBA Development League franchise.
Simon is entering his 19th season with the HEAT and first as assistant general manager after serving as director of player personnel the past two seasons. Simon served as director of college/international scouting from 2004 thru 2011. Simon was promoted to scout/director of college scouting during the 2003-04 season after serving as a scout in 2002-03. He served in the capacity of scouting coordinator during the 2001-02 season after serving as basketball operations administrative assistant from 1997-2001. As an intern in the basketball operations department in 1996-97, he organized information for the NBA Draft. The St. Thomas University graduate originally joined the HEAT in 1995-96, serving as an intern in the video room under current head coach Erik Spoelstra.
Pat Delany enters his first season as head coach of the Skyforce. He was introduced as the 16th head coach in franchise history on August 14 after spending the past 11 seasons in various roles within the HEAT organization.
Delany, who served as a full-time advance scout the past six seasons, was an assistant coach for the HEATís summer league entries in Orlando and Las Vegas in July. Delany also served as the HEATís video coordinator for four seasons (2003-07) following one season as a video intern.
Prior to joining the HEAT, Delany was a video department intern for the Boston Celtics from January to May of 2002. Throughout the summer months of 1998 through 2002, he served as a basketball camp counselor at the University of North Carolina, University of Notre Dame, Saint Anselm College and Christian Brothers Academy.
Delany is a graduate and former Division II basketball standout at Saint Anselm College where he graduated with a degree in business administration. He finished his basketball career as the schoolís career leader with 731 assists.
Octavio De La Grana
Octavio De La Grana enters his first season as an assistant coach of the Skyforce. He joined the Miami HEAT organization before the 2006-07 season and served as player development coach/advance scout for the HEAT the past five seasons.
Prior to joining the HEAT, De La Grana had a combined 18 years of head coaching experience at the high school level, including two stints at Florida Christian High School, where he led his team to the Class 2A State Championship in 1996, a season in which he garnered Coach of the Year honors. He also spent eight years as head coach of Westminster Christian High Schoolís basketball team. In 2005, he recorded his 400th high school coaching victory. During his tenure at Florida Christian, De La Grana also spent time as the schoolís Athletic Director (1990-95) and faculty Department Chair for Physical Education. De La Grana also established Coach Dís Basketball Camp in 1996, which is still held every summer in Miami for area youth.
De La Grana is a graduate of Liberty University where he earned a degree in general studies. He and his wife, Angie, have six children: Derrick, Daniel, Chelsea, Jenny, Annie and Leah.
Sean Rooks returns for his second season as an assistant coach for the Skyforce. He previously served as assistant coach for the final 16 games of the 2011-12 season.
Rooks served as an assistant coach for the New Mexico Thunderbirds (2010-11) and Bakersfield Jam (2007-08) and briefly served as interim head coach of the Jam. The 12-year NBA veteran also worked in other capacities for the Jam as he was a television analyst at home games for two seasons and held the role of team mentor during the 2006-07 season.
Rooks holds NBA career averages of 6.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 749 games with the Dallas Mavericks (190), Minnesota Timberwolves (129), Atlanta Hawks (16), Los Angeles Lakers (146), Los Angeles Clippers (213), New Orleans Hornets (35) and Orlando Magic (20). He averaged career highs in points (13.5) and rebounds (7.4) as a rookie with the Mavericks in 1992-93. He was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (30th overall) of the 1992 NBA Draft following a successful collegiate career at the University of Arizona.
Justin Van Kooten
Justin Van Kooten enters his second season with the Skyforce and first as director of basketball operations after serving as basketball operations assistant in 2012-13.
Van Kooten served as head and assistant coach for the Southwest Minnesota Stars AAU basketball program and also assisted with the Roosevelt High School basketball program in the summers of 2011 and 2012. He was an assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach at Baltic High School during the 2011-12 season. A four-year member of the basketball team at Dordt College, Van Kooten 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.