Heath adds longtime NBA assistant Wells to staff
USF men's basketball coach Stan Heath has filled the first of three openings on his staff, adding longtime NBA assistant Mike Wells as an assistant coach.
Wells, 42, spent the last two seasons as an assistant on Paul Hewitt's staff at George Mason, but he spent 17 seasons in the NBA, working with two NBA champions in the 1995 Houston Rockets and 2007 San Antonio Spurs. He spent 10 seasons in Houston, moving up from assistant video coordinator to assistant coach, then spent time with the Lakers, Spurs and Wizards.
Much like Chuck Bresnahan did in bringing an NFL background to USF football, Wells has worked with a strong list of NBA coaches -- Rudy Tomjanovich, Gregg Popovich, and also Larry Brown while working as a scout for USA Basketball. Among the players he's worked with: Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler, Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen, as well as Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, Yao Ming and John Wall.
Heath has two full-time assistants to replace -- assistant Eric Skeeters and director of player operations Reggie Hanson weren't brought back, and assistant Andy Hipsher left to become associate head coach on his father Dan's staff at Texas-Pan American.