BayHawks Finalize Coaching and Basketball Operations Staff

By Michael Somrak | October 5, 2017



ERIE, PA – The Erie BayHawks, NBA G League affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club, announced today the additions to the team’s coaching and basketball operations staff for the 2017-18 season, naming Chase Buford, Cameron Black and Thomas Jackson as Assistant Coaches, Courtney Alexander as Coaching Intern, Tori Miller as Manager of Basketball Operations, Peter Elliott as Head Athletic Trainer and Thomas Huyghe as Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Buford joins the BayHawks from the Chicago Bulls, where he spent the last two seasons as part of Fred Hoiberg’s staff, serving as Coordinator of Player Development (2015-17). He received his start in professional basketball in 2012 as a video intern with the Atlanta Hawks, before being promoted to regional scout. Prior to working in professional basketball, he played three years of collegiate basketball at the University of Kansas for Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Coach Bill Self. He appeared in 36 games for the Jayhawks.

Black makes his way to Erie from the Atlanta Hawks, where he has served as Player Development – Video Operations Assistant for the past two seasons (2015-17). His duties included assisting in skills development, while also being in charge of video for the front office. Before his role with the Hawks, Black served as a graduate assistant for the University of Akron men’s basketball team during the 2014-15 season. Black had a four-year playing career at Bowling Green State University (2010-14), appearing in 127 games (109 starts) and owning career averages of 4.6 points on .516 shooting from the field, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 21.2 minutes of action.

Jackson comes to the BayHawks after a 12-year professional career in Europe. Most recently, Jackson suited up for Uppsala Basket of the Swedish Basketligan (2012-15). He went undrafted in the 2002 NBA Draft, after a storied four-year college career with Butler, which included becoming the first and only player in Bulldog history to record 1,000 career points and 500 career assists. Jackson is currently Butler’s all-time leader in assists and steals and also led the Bulldogs in assists for four consecutive seasons. He left Butler with 95 victories, two NCAA Tournament appearances and two trips to the NIT.

Alexander joins the BayHawks coaching staff via the NBA Assistant Coaches Program, which places former NBA players in the NBA G League to learn and develop coaching skills. Alexander was drafted with the 13th pick of the 2000 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic, with his rights traded to the Dallas Mavericks. He played two seasons in the NBA, averaging 9.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 21.7 minutes of play. Alexander played collegiately at the University of Virginia for two seasons (1995-97), before transferring to Fresno State (1998-2000).

Miller enters the 2017-18 season as Manager of Basketball Operations. She most recently served as Basketball Operations Intern for the Phoenix Suns (2014-16). Prior to the Suns, Miller worked for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association as a Marketing and Sales Intern. A 2013 graduate of the University of Miami, Miller earned a degree in Marketing and Sports Administration.

Elliott joins the BayHawks as Head Athletic Trainer for the BayHawks. He comes to Erie with NBA G League experience, as he served as an athletic training intern for the Long Island Nets during the 2016-17 season. Elliott, a 2010 University of Vermont graduate, has also worked in the athletic training departments at Cleveland State University, Vanderbilt University, LIU Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Nets.

Huyghe comes to Erie from the Washington Wizards, where he most recently served as the strength and conditioning and athletic performance intern during the 2016-17 campaign. He earned his Masters of Exercise Science from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2016.

For more information, please contact the BayHawks’ front office at 814-790-5600 or visit eriebayhawks.com.