Although Brad Jones has been named the new head coach of the Austin Toros for the up coming 2010-2011 season, current Spurs’ assistant coach Jacque Vaughn was offered the job and turned it down.
Should Vaughn had taken the Toros’ job, he would have brought tons of basketball experience and knowledge.
Vaughn started his NBA career with the Utah Jazz in 1997 when he was picked 27th over all in the first NBA draft. He then went on to play with Atlanta, Orlando, and New Jersey and finally in 2006 he started up with the Spurs and played his last three basketball seasons in San Antonio as the back-up point guard in 2007. He finally retired from the NBA in 2009. In his 12-year NBA career he averaged 4.5 points and 2.5 assists in 776 games.
As you can see Vaughn’s knowledge of the game and experience as a player make him a good contender to be a coach, but Vaughn made the right choice choosing to start off as an assistant Spurs coach instead of jumping straight into being a head coach.
Even though he has had 12 years professional basketball experience, he lacks any professional coaching experience. Granted he was the Spurs’ 2010 NBA Summer League coach but being an assistant coach with the Spurs will allow him to watch and learn from one of the best coaches, Gregg Popovich. Working with him will give him essential experience to expand his coaching career.
Vaughn made the right choice, for him and for the Toros. Austin is going to be just fine with Jones and the Spurs have a talented assistant coach rising in the ranks.