Heat add Keith Smart, former player Chris Quinn to coaching staff
With Ron Rothstein and Bob McAdoo moving on from Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra’s staff and into different roles, the franchise is bringing back a former fan favorite to help round out their bench.
Former Heat player Chris Quinn will join Spoelstra’s coaching staff as part of several new hires to augment the front office, the team announced Wednesday. Additionally, former NBA head coach Keith Smart will also join the Heat as an assistant coach.
Quinn became a fan favorite over the course of three and a half seasons as a backup point guard under Pat Riley and Spoelstra. He will be assisting with player development as well as helping out with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Heat’s D-League affiliated team. Most recently, Quinn spent last season as the Director of Player Development at Northwestern University.
Bringing more than 25 total years of experience in the NBA, Smart has been the head coach of the Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers before joining the Heat, where he will be responsible in the areas of game management. As a player, he hit the game-winning shot in the 1987 NCAA championship with the Indiana Hoosiers before moving on to a pro career spent mostly overseas.
The Heat also officially promoted David Fizdale to assistant head coach, Juwan Howard to assistant coach, Dan Craig to assistant coach/director of player development and Octavio De La Grana to player development coach/director of minor league operations. They also announced the additions of Brandon Gilliam, Wes Brown and Eric Foran to the training staff.