The Orlando Magic announced Monday some changes to their coaching staff.
The biggest news might be that the team has added Randy Wittman as a coaching consultant. Wittman previously was in Orlando’s employ in the 2005/06 season as an assistant to then-coach Brian Hill. Following his nine-year playing career, Wittman went into coaching, where he compiled a 278-406 (.406) record with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Washington Wizards across 10 seasons. He got his start as an assistant coach under Bob Hill with the Indiana Pacers in the 1992/93 season, just one year after the conclusion of his playing career.
In addition to bringing Wittman aboard, the Magic made two promotions: Jay Hernandez and Matt Hill are now full-fledged assistant coaches. Hernandez’s previous title was assistant coach for player development, where—and this is interesting to note—the team says he helped “[implement] a return from injury protocol that incorporates analytics with an on-court simulation.” He joined the Magic prior to the 2014/15 season.
Hill has worked his way up the Magic’s basketball-operations ladder since joining the team in 2012. Initially a video analyst, Hill has spent the last two seasons as the club’s manager of advanced scouting and player development.
These promotions, in concert with the addition of Wittman, help bolster coach Frank Vogel’s staff, which was left thin following David Adelman’s departure.