Toros’ head coach Brad Jones hired as assistant with Utah

By Quixem Ramirez

Austin Toros head coach Brad Jones will be hired as an assistant coach with the Utah Jazz according to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express News.

Jones was named head coach of the Toros prior to the 2010-11 season after Quin Snyder was hired to the Philadelphia 76ers coaching staff. The Toros struggled in his first season, finishing with a 22-28 record.

Their record improved dramatically this season as they earned the No. 3 seed in the D-League playoffs with a 33-17 record. Austin advanced to the D-League finals against the Los Angeles D-Fenders and were faced with a daunting 0-1 deficit in a three game playoff series. They ultimately overcame the odds and clinched a D-League championship due in large part to an excellent 6-0 record in elimination games.

Preceding his tenure with Austin, Jones coached the Utah Flash (the D-League franchise was recently discontinued in 2011) to a 84-66 record through three seasons. He also brings six years of experience as a regional scout for the Jazz so his qualifications for an assistant coaching job are certainly sufficient to say the least.