Mike Peck is the first to admit that hes still learning as he begins his second season as the coach of the Idaho Stampede.
Just like the players, Im a work in progress, Peck said.
Peck said hes excited to continue that learning curve with two new members of his staff. Rob Werdann, 43, played in 47 games in the NBA before serving as an assistant coach with three NBA teams. Zendon Hamilton, 38, played in five different NBA seasons.
I learned a lot last year, but Rob is going to be huge for me to lean on in that regard, Peck said. Hes going to be a great resource for me because hes been on benches.
Peck said Hamilton will be a coach players should be able to relate to, especially since he was playing in the NBA Development League (with Springfield) last season.
He understands the grind that players are going to go through, and hes going to be a great resource for our players, Peck said.
Werdann said coaching at the D-League level will be different than coaching NBA players.
Theres probably more teaching here than there is in the NBA, Werdann said. In the NBA, in a lot of instances, people are rigid. Here, were going to see what we have and we can build around that. Thats a blessing when youre looking to teach.
While Werdann has coached for several teams, Hamilton is coaching for the first time.
I can relate to the players very well, he said. Ive played all over the world. At the same time, Im learning from Rob and Mike. These guys took me under their wing, and theyre just feeding me. Its been good.