Jeff Hornacek Rejoins Jazz Staff With Will Hardy

Sep 15, 2022, 2:26 PM
Former Utah Jazz guard Jeff Hornacek (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)...
Former Utah Jazz guard Jeff Hornacek (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – Jeff Hornacek is rejoining the Utah Jazz staff this season under new head coach Will Hardy.

The Jazz announced their full lineup of assistants on Thursday, including Hornacek who is listed as a consultant for the first-year coach.

“Alex Jensen, Lamar Skeeter, and Bryan Bailey will serve as assistant coaches on first-year head coach Will Hardy’s staff with Evan Bradds, Irv Roland, Sean Sheldon, and Jason Terry,” the team said in a release. “Chris Jones and Sanjay Lumpkin will serve as player development coaches.  In addition, Jeff Hornacek will rejoin the Jazz as a coaching consultant.”

Hornacek last served as an assistant for Stephen Silas on the Houston Rockets bench but left the team in May.

The former Jazz guard first joined the Rockets in 2020 as an assistant for Silas but quickly saw the organization undergo a significant transformation when James Harden was traded to the Brooklyn Nets.

Hornacek was originally brought in to help Silas on the offensive end on a team expected to compete for NBA titles, but his role quickly changed to assisting in player development on the young Rockets roster.

This is Hornacek’s third stint in a coaching role with the Jazz after serving as a shooting advisor for Andrei Kirilenko in 2007 before being named an assistant coach on Tyrone Corbin’s staff between 2011-13.

The former All-Star also served as head coach of the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks between 2013-2018.

The Jazz also announced that Becca Ward will serve as director of team operations while Anthony Beaumont, Andrew Warren, and Matthew Temple will fill video coordinator roles on Hardy’s staff.

Hardy was officially announced as the Jazz head coach on July 5 replacing Quin Snyder who stepped away from the team in early June.

At 34 years old, Hardy is the youngest head coach in the NBA and joins the Jazz after stints with the Boston Celtics under Ime Udoka and the San Antonio Spurs with Gregg Popovich.

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