CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers announced today that Jordi Fernandez has been named the new head coach of their exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League affiliate, the Canton Charge.
"Jordi is a natural fit to lead the Charge after being a tremendous asset to our staff last year and playing a critical role cultivating talent with the Cavaliers for four seasons," said Cavaliers Director of Development League Operations, Mike Gansey. "His background with the Spanish National Team combined with his high-level domestic experience also gives him a unique basketball perspective that will greatly benefit our team."
Fernandez, 31, spent last season as an assistant coach with the Charge on Steve Hetzel’s staff. Before joining the Charge, he served as a player development coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2009-13. In both prior roles, Fernandez’s responsibilities included conducting individual skill workouts with players, assisting with practice and game preparation, and forming international scouting reports.
"The Cavaliers and Charge are the model relationship for NBA D-League as far as the right balance between developing individual talent and attaining collective team success, and I am very thankful that they have given me this opportunity," said Fernandez. "Canton has been like a second home to me since I arrived last year and I cannot wait to get started with a team that Charge fans can be proud to get behind."
Alongside his roles with the Charge and Cavaliers, Fernandez serves as an assistant coach with the Spanish National Team’s U19 squad at the World Championships. Prior to joining the Cavaliers, he served as a player development coach at IMPACT Basketball Academy, working with professional players on both the NBA and international level. A native of Badalona, Spain, Fernandez attended Inefc Lleida in Spain, where he earned his degree in sport sciences.
The Charge open the 2014-15 season at home against the Delaware 87ers on Saturday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. For a look at the complete 2014-15 Canton Charge schedule as well as both printable and downloadable versions, head to CantonCharge.com.