At just 34 years old, new Utah head coach Will Hardy was already widely regarded in NBA circles as one of the young up-and-coming assistants in the league. With the hire, he now becomes the ninth head coach in Jazz franchise history and the youngest active head coach in the NBA.
On Tuesday at 11 a.m. MT, fans will have a special opportunity to get to know Coach Hardy via a Zoom Webinar. Hosted by Holly Rowe, the Sports Emmy award winner and Jazz analyst will sit down with Utah's new head coach to ask him questions submitted by fans.
Hardy’s NBA journey began in San Antonio in 2010 as a video intern under the legendary Gregg Popovich. From 2013-15, he was the Spurs team video coordinator before being promoted to Popovich's coaching staff where he also led San Antonio’s summer league squads for four consecutive years.
“I couldn’t be happier that Will has been given the opportunity to lead one of the finest programs in the league in the Utah Jazz,” Popovich said. “His intelligence, ability to teach, and most importantly his manner, brings immediate respect from players, management, and staff. He’s a competitive young man who understands the responsibilities of the position and no one will work harder to continue the success the Jazz have enjoyed for so long.”
He got his big break last season when he joined the Boston Celtics as a lead assistant for head coach Ime Udoka. He helped continue the development of Celtics' big three Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart. A team that reached the NBA Finals for the first time in over a decade.
“Will has a great basketball mind,” Udoka said. “I’ve watched his growth from our time together in San Antonio and throughout our season in Boston. He was an integral part of what we accomplished and will do great things in Utah.”