According to David Kvidahl of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Austin Spurs will hire Blake Ahearn as their new head coach.
The news comes after Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News reported recently that former head coach Ken McDonald’s contract was up and that he would move on.
Told Austin #Spurs will have a new head coach next season. Ken McDonald’s contact was up. He’s moving on. New coach will be named very soon pic.twitter.com/mm7SnF3FuC
— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) July 28, 2017
If the name sounds familiar, Ahearn spent eight seasons between various teams in the G-League and NBA, most notably for the Miami Heat. Ahearn also spent the beginning of the 2008-09 season with the San Antonio Spurs before being waived.
More recently, Ahearn won the 2015 G-League championship with the Santa Cruz Warriors while averaging 8.8 points and 2.4 assists per game.
Ahearn’s coaching resume is light, but his career arc has continued to soar.
Following his playing career in 2015, Ahearn returned home to St. Louis to coach the Clayton High School Greyhounds, leading them to a 7-17 record.
After one season he resigned his position at Clayton to take over as head coach of his alma mater, De Smet Jesuit. Ahearn led the De Smet Jesuit Spartans to a 12-16 record, finishing as the runner-up in their district.
The 33-year-old Ahearn will report to San Antonio at the end of August.