Idaho Stampede add new coaches to mix

clangrill@idahostatesman.com © 2013 Idaho StatesmanNovember 22, 2013 

Stampede coach Mike Peck delivers instructions to guard Reggie Hearn during a practice this week. Peck will work with two new coaches this season after both of last year’s assistants landed jobs in the offseason. Barry Rohrssen is an assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh, and Scott Williams is an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks.

JOE JASZEWSKI — jjaszewski@idahostatesman.com

Mike Peck is the first to admit that he’s still learning as he begins his second season as the coach of the Idaho Stampede.

“Just like the players, I’m a work in progress,” Peck said.

Peck said he’s 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. “He’s going to be a great resource for me because he’s 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 he’s 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.

“There’s probably more teaching here than there is in the NBA,” Werdann said. “In the NBA, in a lot of instances, people are rigid. … Here, we’re going to see what we have and we can build around that. That’s a blessing when you’re 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. “I’ve played all over the world. … At the same time, I’m learning from Rob and Mike. These guys took me under their wing, and they’re just feeding me. It’s been good.”

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