The Cleveland Cavaliers have officially announced that Jordi Fernandez has been named the new head coach for the 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.”
This past season, Fernandez (31) served as an assistant coach on Head Coach Steve Hetzel’s staff. Prior to joining the Charge, he was a player development coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers for four years (2009 to 2013). Both positions included conducting individual skill workouts with players, assisting with practice and game preparation as well as compiling 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.”
Fernandez’s roles in basketball does not stop with the Cavaliers and Charge, he also serves as an assistant coach with the Spanish National Team U19 squad at the World Championships. His career has included serving as player development coach at the IMPACT Basketball Academy where he worked with professional players in both the NBA and international level. Fernandez is a native of Bandalona, Spain and holds a degree from Inefc Lleida in sports sciences.
The Charge opens the 2014-2015 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 www.CantonCharge.com.
2014-15 Charge Nation Memberships are on sale now starting at just $5 per game! Premium Memberships are also available with VIP Club access including food, Budweiser & Pepsi products starting at just $40 per game! Group discounts are available for parties of 20 or more, with Fan Experience Packages such as being a part of the high five tunnel or playing on the Charge court available! For 2014-15 Charge Nation Memberships, game day promotions and up-to-date information, head to www.CantonCharge.com or call 866-444-1944.
The Canton Charge is part of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena organization and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League and the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, both of which play their games at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland.