We already knew the Pistons’ coaching staff would include Brian Hill and John Loyer, Dee Brown and Roy Rogers, Charles Klask and Steve Hetzel. The Pistons have also retained advance scout Bill Pope and video coordinator Ryan Winters, according to Keith Langlois of Pistons.com.
Frank said he wants Hill and Loyer “thinking like a head coach,” with Hill assigned to be Frank’s sounding board on the defensive side and Loyer filling that role offensively. Rogers will be in charge of what Frank refers to as “special teams” – things like the first and last plays of each quarter, plays coming out of timeouts, free throws and two-for-one opportunities to end quarters.
Brown’s biggest areas of responsibility will be working with the team’s point guards and overall player development. Toward that end, he will work closely with Hetzel, who came to the Pistons from Cleveland two years ago with John Kuester and developed a strong rapport with Pistons young players. Hetzel will also help coach guards, while Hill and Klask will work with Rogers, who will be the primary assistant to deal with Pistons big men. Loyer will work with the team’s wing players, including those who fall under the “stretch four” category – power forwards with 3-point shooting range.
This information will be extremely helpful in determining how positive each assistant’s contributions are next season.
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