Miami Heat News: Heat Add Keith Smart and Chris Quinn to Coaching Staff

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As the Miami Heat begin training camp on September 27, they have officially rounded out their coaching staff.

Wednesday marked a day where the Heat not only added former point guard Chris Quinn and former NBA head coach Keith Smart, but shuffled several other coaching positions. Former Heat forward Juwan Howard will move into an assistant coaching role, longtime Heat coach David Fizdale was promoted to Assistant Head Coach, Dan Craig became Assistant Coach/Director of Player Development, and Octavio De La Grana was named Player Development Coach/Director of Minor League Operations for the franchise.

Three new faces will also join the team for the upcoming season: Brandon Gilliam, Wes Brown and Eric Foran. The 2014-15 season will mark the first time than none of Head Coach Erik Spoelstra’s assistants are holdovers from the Pat Riley era.

While the changes in the coaching staff are drastic, the addition of Quinn will receive the most attention. The Notre Dame product unexpectedly became a fixture of the Heat roster over the course of four seasons between 2006 and 2010. An undrafted free agent in 2006, Quinn made the Heat’s opening-day roster for the then-defending NBA Champions and became a part-time starter during the 2007-08 season when injuries shelved starters Dwyane Wade and Jason Williams. He was traded during the 2009-10 season to the New Jersey Nets, ending his stint with the Heat.

Along with his duties in working behind the bench on the coaching staff, the former Heat point guard will also have responsibilities in the areas of player development and with Miami’s D-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Quinn’s most recent job was serving as director of player development at Northwestern.

Smart served as head coach for three different NBA franchises: the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings. He last coached during the 2012-13 season with the Kings. He has amassed a 93-170 career record in the NBA and will assist Spoelstra in the areas of game management.
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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.