Ross McMains and Kelly Peters Named Assistant Coaches
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – The Santa Cruz Warriors today announced additions to head coach Casey Hill’s staff with the hiring of assistant coaches Ross McMains and Kelly Peters, head athletic trainer Long Lam, and basketball operations manager Jacob Rubin.
“We are really lucky to have such an experienced and dynamic staff to begin this upcoming season,” said head coach Casey Hill. “Ross’s experience as a development coach in the NBA as well as his experience coaching on the National Team level is going to be a wonderful addition to our program. Kelly’s experience as a scout in the NBA as well as his knowledge of the Golden State Warriors’ culture is going to add another level of preparation and synergy to what we do here in Santa Cruz.”
Ross McMains spent last season as the head coach of the Taranaki Mountain Airs in New Zealand’s top professional basketball league and as an assistant coach of the New Zealand Men’s National Team. His coaching resume also features stops in Italy, France, Latvia and China. In addition to his international experience, McMains served as a special assistant with the Sacramento Kings in 2012-13, where he specialized in player development. He spent the following two years as an assistant coach with Sacramento’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, where the club led the NBA D-League in scoring (133.1 points per game) and GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA (7) in 2014-15.
Kelly Peters joins the Santa Cruz Warriors after spending the previous two years as an advance scout for the Golden State Warriors. Prior to joining the Warriors, Peters spent 14 years at his alma mater as an assistant coach at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego beginning in 2001, where he helped guide the school’s basketball team to 10 league titles and two CIF Section titles. Peters also worked for Turner and CBS for four years, where he helped broadcasters, including Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr and Marv Albert, prepare for the NCAA Tournament.
Long Lam joins the Warriors’ staff after spending three years with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers as head athletic trainer. He also worked as the head athletic trainer for the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, a professional soccer team in the USL. Prior to his work with the Toros and Vipers, Lam served as an athletic training graduate assistant at the University of Houston for two seasons.
Rounding out Hill’s staff is Jacob Rubin who rejoins the Santa Cruz staff after holding a basketball operations internship position with the team during the 2014-15 season.
The Santa Cruz Warriors tip-off the 2016-17 season on November 12 when they take on the Los Angeles D-Fenders at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 21, single-game Santa Cruz Warriors tickets can be purchased at the Santa Cruz Warriors headquarters at 903 Pacific Avenue, online at www.santacruzbasketball.com or over the phone at (831) 713-4400.
For more information, please contact Gina Antoniello, Director of Public and Community Relations at (732) 236-4659.