The Tasmania JackJumpers have appointed Scott Roth as their inaugural head coach, with the newly-formed franchise taking a significant step forward as it prepares to enter the NBL for the 2021-22 season and beyond.
Roth, whose playing and coaching career has stretched a combined 35 years and featured stints across the NBA and a high level in Europe, is currently as assistant for the Perth Wildcats, and will join the JackJumpers on March 1 ahead of their 2021-22 campaign.
"I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to be the first Head Coach of the Tasmania JackJumpers," Roth said. "It's an exciting time for basketball in the state and I'm looking forward to getting to know the people of Tasmania and building a great club they will be proud of.
"I want to thank the entire Perth Wildcats organisation led by Jack Bendat and Troy Georgiu as well as the coaches led by Trevor Gleeson, all the players and the 'Red Army' that welcomed me to Perth and allowed me to be part of an NBL Championship.
"I've enjoyed a long journey in basketball but as soon as I moved to Australia I knew the NBL was where I wanted to be long term. This is a world class league and I can't wait to get started and prepare for our inaugural season.
"To have a whole state behind one team will be amazing and I'm committed to helping build a really strong culture that Tasmanians can be part of and enjoy what will be an exciting journey for the JackJumpers."
Roth, 57, enjoyed a playing career that saw him play 160 games in the NBA, as well as successful stints across Europe. The Ohio-native would go on to serve as an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors, and Detroit Pistons, before a season each in Europe and the NBA G-League ultimately led to him joining the Wildcats for their 2020 championship campaign.
Roth has also cut his teeth in international circles, serving as head coach of the Dominican Republic, along with stints as an assistant coach with the Chinese and Turkish national teams, respectively.
"We are delighted to welcome Scott as the inaugural Head Coach of the Tasmania JackJumpers in what is a landmark announcement for the NBL's newest club," JackJumpers CEO, Simon Brookhouse, said.
"Scott will bring a wealth of experience from what has been a decorated playing and coaching career around the world. He has been part of winning cultures and has a proven track record in developing talent and getting the best out of players.
"Scott's vast networks will be invaluable in attracting world class talent and achieving success for the JackJumpers. He is also committed to helping build a great club for Tasmania and achieving our goal for basketball to be the number one sport in the state.
"We will now build a strong team around Scott as we prepare for our inaugural season. This is a tremendously exciting time for Tasmania and we are humbled by the amount of support we're already received and encourage all Tasmanians to join the march."