With the recent loss of Toros coach Quin Snyder to the Philadelphia 76ers, and the hiring of former Spur Danny Ferry to take over as Toros General Manager, it was only a matter of time before we’d hear about prospective coaches for the San Antonio Spurs’ D-League affiliate.
John Treolar, the man Ferry handpicked to coach the Erie BayHawks when Ferry was the Cavs GM, is the first name to surface.
Treloar, 53, has been contacted by National Basketball Association teams, according to two sources close to the situation.
He led Erie to the playoffs in its 2008-09 expansion season with a 27-23 record, then went 21-29 in 2009-10. Treloar agreed to a two-year contract extension with Erie earlier this summer.
According to GoErie.com, the Spurs may have some competition for Treolar from new Suns General Manager Lance Blanks, who was Ferry’s assistant in Cleveland.
To discuss the rumor, I talked to D-League writer and BayHawks fan, Matt Hubert, of D-League Digest and formerly of Blog Talk BayHawk.
According to Hubert, Treolar will fit in well with the Toros and should do a good job as Snyder’s successor.
“They are two different personality of coaches, but you’ll have that in any coaching change,” Hubert said, “Quin is more of a character type of guy, but it wouldnt be a problem, it would just be a different style.”
However, there may not be much of a chance for the Toros to bring him in, considering that he just signed a two-year extension with the BayHawks.
“That seems like a lateral move from unless he has word from Ferry that he may move up as an assistant coach with the Spurs,” Hubert said.
When it comes to coaching defense and working under the Spurs and coaching their schemes, Hubert says Treolar should fit right in.
“That would work out great, he comes from a mindset that definitely values defense.” “I think thats something he certainly preached to the BayHawks team.”
For more on Treolar and the rest of the interview, click on the play button or download link below.
Thanks to Matt for continuing to share his D-League knowledge and make sure to read more from him over at D-League Digest.