San Antonio Spurs hire Blake Ahearn to coach G-League affiliate

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SANTA CRUZ, CA - MARCH 20: Blake Ahearn
SANTA CRUZ, CA - MARCH 20: Blake Ahearn /

The San Antonio Spurs hired Blake Ahearn to coach their G-League affiliate for the upcoming season.

The San Antonio Spurs’ developmental affiliate, the Austin Spurs, was in need of a new head coach for the 2017-18 season. Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News first reported that Ken McDonald’s contract expired after the 2016-17 season and chose to move on. McDonald’s Spurs went 25-25, being led by Bryn Forbes, Cory Jefferson, and Livio Jean-Charles, among others.

Well, Austin has a new head coach, as David Kvidahl of reported. It will be Blake Ahearn, the De Smet High School basketball coach in St. Louis, MO. Ahearn resigned from his position at De Smet on Monday to accept the G-League job.

“It’s unbelievable. It’s the best organization in the world in my mind,” Ahearn said. “I’m humbled and honored.”

Ahearn’s playing experience goes from Missouri State, to the NBA, D-League, and Europe. His most extensive NBA run came in 2007-08 when he played for the Miami Heat and averaged 5.8 points in 12 games. Ahearn also spent time with the Spurs (2008-09) and the Utah Jazz (2011-12).

As Kvidahl noted, Ahearn only retired from professional basketball a few years ago. He was the head coach at Clayton High School for one season, before jumping to De Smet, his alma mater, for the 2016-17 season. The Spurs then reached out to Ahearn, as he said he wasn’t searching for a job in professional basketball and “wasn’t looking for anything like this.”

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So, for the 2017-18 G-League season, Ahearn will be tasked with grooming players that will get the call to the NBA level. That could include Jaron Blossomgame, Matt Costello, and others that the Spurs give two-way contracts to. However, given Ahearn’s rapid ascension through the ranks, what if that’s in store for the 33-year-old, one day?