After former NBA coach and executive Brendan Suhr left UCF during the summer, the director of program development position for men’s basketball was left vacant. But on Wednesday, head coach Donnie Jones announced he had hired Tom Sterner to fill the position.
Sterner, who brings 25 years of NBA experience with him, has spent time with the Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors and Orlando Magic.
“Tom brings great coaching experience,” Jones said in a press release. “He’s been at the highest level, coaching in the NBA for 25 years with some great coaches. He understands culture, he has a lot of basketball wisdom and we’re excited for him to bring all of that to our program.”
Sterner began his NBA career as a video scout with the newly formed Magic in 1989. He then moved into an assistant coaching position for the team in 1994 until 2002, helping Orlando reach the 1995 NBA Finals and the playoffs on five occasions. He was the assistant coach for the NBA’s Eastern Conference All-Star team in 1995.
In 2002, Sterner moved into an assistant coaching position with the Warriors, a job he held until 2004. He also held the title of chairman of the NBA Technology and Scouting Committee from 1994-04, during which time he helped develop the Coaches’ Tools software that is still used by NBA scouts.
Sterner served his second stint as the assistant coach for the Magic from 2005-07 before accepting a job with the Mavericks from 2008-10. He briefly worked for the 76ers as a scout in 2011-12. His most recent stint in the NBA was an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors from 2013-15.
During his time in the NBA, Sterner has worked with and alongside Doc Rivers, Chuck Daly, Dirk Nowitzki, Shaquille O’Neal, Jason Kidd and Tracy McGrady, according to the release.
“I’m really fortunate and thankful to Donnie for having me on his staff,” Sterner said in the release. “I want to represent the university in a very positive way and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work at the collegiate level. This is a great learning opportunity and I’m proud to represent Donnie, the program, Coach O’Leary and President Hitt in the best possible light.”
Jarrod Heil is the Sports Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @JarrodHeil or email him at JarrodH@CentralFloridaFuture.com.