Team Selects Michael Lee and Kris Weems as Assistant Coaches, Robert Hornett as Strength and Conditioning Coach
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – The Santa Cruz Warriors have finalized the coaching and training staff under Head Coach Aaron Miles for the 2017-18 NBA G League season, the team announced today. Michael Lee and Kris Weems have joined the team as assistant coaches, with Robert Hornett named Santa Cruz’s strength and conditioning coach.
“Michael Lee and Kris Weems both have an extensive knowledge and passion for basketball and have built their careers on the development and mentorship of young men,” said Miles. “I’m thankful to have two assistant coaches who can see the game from different perspectives and contribute to our team’s success next season.”
Lee joins the Santa Cruz coaching staff after two seasons as the Varsity Boys Basketball Coach at Roosevelt High School in Portland, Oregon. His coaching résumé also features stops at the University of San Francisco and Gardner-Webb University as an assistant coach and at the University of Kansas as Basketball Student Manager and Director of Player Development. Lee and Miles were teammates at Jefferson High School in Northeast Portland, going 28-0 to win the state championship in their junior seasons. The two later became the first Oregon natives to play for the Kansas Jayhawks, appearing in back-to-back NCAA Tournament Final Fours in 2002 and 2003.
Weems comes to Santa Cruz after three years as Director of Athletics for Menlo School in Atherton, California and previously served as an assistant coach and scout for the Golden State Warriors from 2011-2014. A Stanford University graduate, Weems led the Cardinals to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances and a trip to the 1998 Final Four, earning All-Pac 10 First Team honors in his junior season.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Kris Weems and Michael Lee to our coaching staff,” said Warriors General Manager Kent Lacob. “Team success in the NBA G League is built on trust, hard work and experience, and I believe our new assistant coaches, along with the addition of Robert Hornett as Strength and Conditioning Coach, will impact the identity and growth of the 2017-18 Santa Cruz Warriors.”
Hornett arrives to the Santa Cruz Warriors as the team’s Strength and Conditioning Coach and will serve alongside Head Athletic Trainer Long Lam. Hornett joins the team after three years as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Virginia, primarily serving the women’s basketball team. Prior to his time in Charlottesville, Hornett served as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for EXOS/Air Force Special Operations, where he designed and implemented year-round training programs for over 200 elite military athletes.
The Santa Cruz Warriors tip off their 2017-18 home schedule on Saturday, November 4 against the South Bay Lakers at Kaiser Permanente Arena. For more information on the Santa Cruz Warriors and to purchase tickets, visit www.santacruzbasketball.com or call (831) 713-4400.