Whereas attending Mooresville Excessive College simply outdoors Indianapolis, IN, the early levels of Jordan Surenkamp’s basketball profession have been like one thing you’d see on the native cinema. “Outlets and eating places would shut up early on Friday nights,” he recalled. “It was like your stereotypical film scene. Watching Hoosiers and stuff like that, the tradition is sort of embedded in you from the start. Actually earlier than I might even stroll, I had a basketball in my palms.”
And it was that well-known Indiana basketball tradition that kick began Surenkamp’s lengthy journey within the sport from Mooresville (inhabitants: slightly below 10,000), to close by Division III Wabash School, then right down to the College of South Alabama in Cell to start his teaching profession. From there, Surenkamp latched on with the G League’s Lengthy Island Nets, the Charlotte Hornets and now, has formally been named the brand new Head Coach of the Greensboro Swarm.
“As quickly as the chance was introduced to me, I used to be excited to take it,” stated Surenkamp. “It appeared like not just for myself, but additionally for the workers and group, a extremely good scenario. One thing that we focus and actually pleasure ourselves on is the developmental facet of our gamers and group as an entire. [This opportunity] is one thing I’m drastically appreciative of and certainty humbled by.”
Surenkamp would be the third full-time head coach in Greensboro’s historical past, the primary to be promoted internally from throughout the Hornets group and at 30 years previous, a lot youthful than his earlier predecessors Noel Gillespie (2016-18) and Joe Wolf (2018-20). Counting final winter’s G League Bubble in Orlando (the place the crew performed 15 video games below Hornets Assistant Jay Hernandez), the Swarm maintain an all-time mark of 73-135 with no postseason appearances.
Previous to accepting this job, Surenkamp served because the crew’s Head Video Coordinator the previous two seasons, though his position has expanded. “Something from the video work within the early mornings and late nights to being on the court docket and serving to out with participant improvement and exercises,” he stated. “Getting concerned in observe drills and all of that’s one thing I’m extraordinarily acquainted with and one thing I’ve loved the final couple of years.”
“He’s a particularly arduous employee,” acknowledged Hornets Head Coach James Borrego. “He absorbs data, he applies it. He’s obtained nice ardour for the sport, loves our group. He has a developmental mindset, so I believe he suits extraordinarily effectively in Greensboro. He completely cares about his craft and this group.”
Added Borrego, “No person is aware of our group or our scheme higher than Jordan. He’s been part of growing and rising it from the bottom as much as the place we’re at immediately. He’s been a significant a part of our workers and our progress. I don’t assume there’s going to be a lot of a studying curve as a result of he is aware of our system. The educational curve of turning into a head coach goes to be completely different, however he’s had his palms on main the video room.”
Having already constructed established relationships with Borrego, the teaching workers and a number of other of the gamers anticipated to play in Greensboro sooner or later this season is a big benefit for Surenkamp and the group total. A majority, if not all, of the play calls, schematics and terminology can be uniform between Charlotte’s NBA and G League ranges, making the adjustment for gamers and coaches just about seamless.
“That consolation and familiarity, that open communication, that constructed line of belief, that’s what going to permit us to take a giant step ahead earlier than we even step on the ground right here,” acknowledged Surenkamp. “I believe the familiarity and transparency is a key to that and a giant purpose why I consider we’ll be forward of the sport going into coaching camp right here in Greensboro.”
“He’s a younger energetic coach who has an awesome really feel for what we’re doing right here in Charlotte,” added Director of Participant Personnel Larry Jordan. “He has an awesome thoughts as a younger coach, so we’ll clearly rally behind him and provides him all of the sources he wants. He’s going to make these younger guys down there higher. I’m a hundred percent assured in that.”
Managing personalities within the G League is usually a tough activity for even probably the most skilled of coaches. Most rosters are usually a mix of gamers from all completely different backgrounds with a wide range of future trajectories, so ensuring everyone is working collectively collectively for one frequent purpose is an on-going precedence.
“The most important factor is to put the muse of the tradition right here in the identical ways in which we now have in Charlotte,” he stated. “The excessive characters guys we deliver listed here are going to work actually arduous [and] be extraordinarily seen in the neighborhood. Popping out with the expectation to win and play the best manner, is vital. I’m a competitor by way of and thru. It’s in my core. I believe the event of gamers and the expectation to win go hand in hand in some respects although.”
Surenkamp’s common season debut will happen on Friday, Nov. 5 when the Swarm host the visiting Birmingham Squadron for the primary of two back-to-back house video games. Between the hiring of a brand new head coach, having followers again within the Subject Home for the primary time in 20 months and the Swarm’s ongoing fifth Anniversary celebration, it’s actually going to be an thrilling yr in Greensboro.
“The Fieldhouse, the locker rooms, the assist workers, the enterprise aspect, it’s actually a first-class group with first-class folks,” stated Surenkamp. “On the finish of the day, it’s concerning the folks which are going to be on this constructing and inside this group which are actually going to make this factor work. [Meeting] everyone for the primary time, it’s very uplifting and thrilling. It has me much more raring to go than earlier than and I didn’t assume that was doable. I’m wanting ahead to getting going and hitting the bottom working.”