I don't know enough to say if this is a good hire or a bad hire, but didn't see anything overly negative or positive on the boards... What do you guys think?In a...well, let's just call it "surprising" move, the Bakersfield Jam has hired Will Voigt as their new head coach.
It'll be interesting to see what Vermont do now and how this affects them. They seemed to have lost a bit of steam during last season compared to the previous two years and this probably won't help.
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With Will Voigt and Kevin Whitted (who coached Wilmington in the Sea Dawgs' first year in the PBL) both receiving coaching / assistant coaching jobs, along with last year's hire of Chicago Throwbacks' coach Donnie Boyce, the PBL is being looked at seriously as a new training ground for head coaches for the D-League.
What does this say? It says that the NBA (and, more predominantly, the D-League) are giving credence to the work of these PBL coaches - and with that, credibility toward the PBL.
I don't see that many ABA coaches getting a looksee from the D-League.
I actually think his in game coaching is pretty good, but he's definitely better when it comes to defense in-game than drawing up plays for the last shot.
His biggest problem is going to be dealing with egos. When he could pick his own team he simply cut players who had any egos/unique thoughts and got everyone to buy into his robot ball team strategy. He is not going to be able to choose players as freely and will have to deal with the egos of NBA guys who get punted down to the NBADL. I also wonder if his defensive style is going to work coaching the affiliate for GS and the Clippers.
I think he's a great coach and this is a great opportunity for him, but it might be a bumpy road to start out.
Whitted just got signed up as an assistant with the Springfield Armory.
And the mocking of Will Voigt's hiring has spread out through the interwebs.
The Frost Heaves' loss is the gain of Bakersfield. I wish Coach Voigt nothing but the best.
By Anna Grearson TIMES ARGUS STAFF - Published: August 25, 2009
Will Voigt, the three-year head coach of the Vermont Frost Heaves, has signed a two-year contract as the head coach of the NBA Developmental League's Bakersfield Jam, solidifying an offer that was made in July and ending his coaching career in Vermont.
Voigt led the Frost Heaves to back-to-back American Basketball Association titles and an appearance in the playoffs in the team's first season in the Premier Basketball League. The Cabot native was twice named the ABA's Coach of the Year.
"I'll be heading out mid-September to relocate permanently and try to recreate the success we had in Vermont out here," Voigt said by phone from California Tuesday morning prior to a press conference introducing him as the Jam's new head coach.
See the full story in tomorrow's Times Argus.
Honored to have been the 13th player for the Vermont Frost Heaves game on 2-16-07 against the Maryland Nighthawks.
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