HEAT announce front office promotions; Juwan Howard retires to become assistant coach

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Longtime veteran Juwan Howard makes the switch from NBA player to assistant coach.

Plenty of in-house restructuring, including several involving former Heat players Keith Askins, Tim Hardaway and notably Juwan Howard, have been announced today by the Miami Heat organization.

Direct from the press release is as follows:

The Miami HEAT announced today several front office promotions, including Andy Elisburg to Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations/General Manager, Adam Simon to Assistant General Manager/General Manager Sioux Falls Skyforce, Dan Craig to Assistant Coach/Player Development, Chad Kammerer to Director of NBA Scouting/Advance Scout, Keith Askins to Director of College and Pro Scouting and the hiring of Juwan Howard to Assistant Coach/Player Development.

Elisburg, a HEAT original employee of 25 years, will serve as Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations/General Manager. His duties will include assisting CEO Nick Arison and President Pat Riley in the management of all aspects of the HEAT's basketball organization including salary cap administration, talent acquisition, league compliance and the day-to-day business of basketball operations.

Simon has been named Assistant General Manager/General Manger Sioux Falls Skyforce. He will assist Andy Elisburg in all areas of the HEAT's basketball operations department as well as heading the basketball operations department of the HEAT's NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Craig, entering his 11th season with the HEAT, has been named Assistant Coach/Player Development and will continue to spend numerous hours on the court with individual players developing their game.

Kammerer has been named Director of NBA Scouting/Advance Scout after spending the previous five seasons as an assistant coach. His responsibilities will include providing scouting reports and player evaluations to assist the HEAT coaching staff in their game preparations and the team's personal department on player acquisitions.

Askins, who has spent his entire professional career with the HEAT, enters the 2013-14 season as Director of College and Pro Scouting as he will work with Chet Kammerer and Adam Simon overseeing all aspects of the HEAT's scouting department after serving 14 years as a full-time assistant coach.

Howard, a 19-year NBA veteran, will make the transition to the coaching staff after being named Assistant Coach/Player Development. He will be assisting in the areas of player development and other duties assigned by Head Coach Erik Spoelstra.

Additionally, the HEAT also named Rich Fernando to Executive Assistant to the Coaches, Eric Glass to Video Coordinator and Tim Hardaway to Scout/Community & Corporate Liaison.

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