Billy King announced Monday the promotion of several veteran staff members to new jobs. Steve Jones goes from manager of video operations to assistant coach for player development and Trevor St. Agathe from assistant strength and conditioning coach to the lead job, strength and conditioning coach/nutritional director.
In addition, Mike Jones will replace Steve Jones (no relation) as manager of video operations, Nick Resavy will, in turn, replace Mike Jones and video coordinator and Brett Levy has been hired as video assistant, Mike Jones old job. Unlike in years past, the Nets chose to look inside for new talent when jobs opened up.
Steve Jones replaces John Welch, who's rejoined George Karl in Sacramento and St. Agathe replaces his former boss, Dr. Jeremy Bettle, who is now strength and conditioning coach for the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs. St. Agathe is a Brooklyn native.
Mike Mazzeo of ESPN suggests that the promotions reflect the Nets' cost-cutting mode, writing, "No big-name, big-money, outside-of-the-organization hires? Yeah, things are different."
Here's biographical material on each, from the Nets.
Steve Jones will begin his second season with the Nets and first as an assistant coach for player development after serving as the team’s manager of video operations during the 2014-15 season. Prior to joining the Nets, Steve served in a variety of capacities with the Memphis Grizzlies working with Lionel Hollins in Memphis. He served as video intern, video associate and video coordinator/player development from 2011-14. A native of Portland, Ore., Steve was a walk-on for the men’s basketball team at Arizona State for three years (2005-08) before transferring and completing his collegiate career as a walk-on at UNLV (2008-10), where he earned a B.A. in Communication Studies. He is the son of Steve "Snapper" Jones, who played 10 years in the NBA and ABA before becoming better known as an NBA analyst, often paired with Bill Walton.
Trevor St. Agathe joined the Nets as a strength and conditioning intern for the team’s inaugural season in Brooklyn in 2012-13 and was elevated to the role of assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2013-14 before landing his current role as strength and conditioning coach/nutritional director. A native of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, St. Agathe earned a B.S. in Health and Wellness with a concentration in adult fitness from Buffalo State in 2008 and a Master’s in Exercise Science with a concentration in strength and conditioning from Long Island University in 2014. He has completed internships with the Buffalo State athletic department and Sports Focus Physical Therapy in Buffalo and worked with the football program at his alma mater, James Madison High School, in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.
Mike Jones enters his second season with the Nets and first as manager of video operations after serving as the team’s video coordinator during the 2014-15 season. Mike played professionally for 11 years in France, Iran, Poland and Turkey, as well as in the CBA, after a standout collegiate career at Texas Christian University. Mike spent two years at TCU (1996-98) after spending his first two collegiate seasons at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, earning Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American honors and WAC Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior. He was also a two-time All-WAC First Team performer. Prior to joining the Nets, the Oklahoma City native spent four years at Perry Street Prep in Washington D.C., eventually rising to the roles of dean of students and head boys’ basketball coach.
Nick Resavy enters his new role of video coordinator after serving as the team's video assistant during the 2014-15 season. Prior to joining the Nets, Resavy served as a graduate assistant for the Syracuse University Men's Basketball Team for two seasons. The West Milford, NJ native played three years as a walk-on at Syracuse, where he earned a B.S. in Sports Management.
Brett Levy enters his first season as a video assistant for the Nets. A 2015 graduate of the David B. Falk School of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University, Levy spent the second half of the 2014-15 NBA season working in the Philadelphia 76ers’ sales department and also previously served as an intern for three summers at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Like Steve Jones, Levy has an NBA --and a TV-- connection. His father, David, is president of Turner Broadcasting, parent of TNT.
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- Brooklyn Nets promote former Syracuse basketball player/assistant Nick Resavy - Mike Waters - Syracuse Post-Standard