Adam Simon is entering his 23nd season with the HEAT organization and his fifth in the role of Assistant General Manager/General Manager, Sioux Falls Skyforce. Simon will continue to assist HEAT Sr. V.P., Basketball Operations/General Manager Andy Elisburg in all areas of the HEAT’s Basketball Operations department as well as heading the Basketball Operations department for the Skyforce. This summer, Simon was named to the nominating committee charged with assembling the USA Basketball AmeriCup team that competed, and won gold over Argentina in August.
Simon has held a number of positions in the HEAT organization since arriving in 1995 as an intern in the video room under current HEAT coach Erik Spoelstra. Prior to his most recent promotion he spent three seasons as the HEAT’s Director of Player Personnel. The St. Thomas University graduate has also served the HEAT as director of college/international scouting (2004-11), scout/director of college scouting (2003-04), scout (2002-03), scouting coordinator (2001-02), administrative assistant (1997-01) and basketball operations intern (1996-97) where he organized information for the NBA Draft which he has continued to do throughout his years with the HEAT.
Nevada Smith begins his second year with the HEAT organization and his second as Head Coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce. A season ago, Smith led the Skyforce to a 29-21 regular season record. The team failed to reach the playoffs, but its 29 wins marked the most wins by any NBA G League team to not make the playoffs in league history, and served as the 10th best regular season record in Skyforce franchise history.
Smith previously served as head coach of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers for two seasons (2013-15) where he compiled a 57-43 (.570) record.
In his first season with the Vipers, Smith led the team to a postseason berth after recording a 30-20 (.600) record and setting a then NBA G single-season record for most three-point field goal attempts per game at 45.3. The following season he posted a 27-23 (.540) record as his teams averaged an impressive 123.2 points per game in his two-season stint.
Prior to entering the professional ranks, Smith served as the head coach at NCAA Division III Keystone College. The Giants were 39-16 (.709) in Smith’s two seasons at the helm and managed to reach the only two CSAC championship game appearances in school history. From 2002-11, Smith held numerous assistant coaching positions at Ithaca College, Allegheny College, SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence University.
Smith is a graduate of Bethany College, where he graduated with a degree in sports management in 2002. A two-sport athlete in basketball and golf for Bethany, he earned All-PAC honors on four occasions, three in basketball and one in golf. He finished his basketball career as the school’s all-time leader in three-pointers made (313) and free throw percentage (.870). Smith was recently married to his wife, Lindsay, in August of 2017.
Anthony Carter begins his second year as assistant coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce following a 13-year playing career. Carter spent the first four seasons of his playing career with the HEAT, appearing in 246 regular season games (80 starts) and averaging 5.5 points, 4.3 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 1.06 steals and 22.2 minutes. He also helped Miami earn a pair of postseason appearances, where he saw action in 13 games (four starts) and averaged 7.3 points, 5.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 1.08 steals and 26.5 minutes and set the franchise record for most assists in a three-game series.
After concluding his playing career which spanned 623 career games (181 starts) and included stops in Miami, San Antonio, Minnesota, Denver, New York and Toronto, Carter served as assistant coach of the NBA G League’s Austin Spurs for two seasons (2013-15) before joining George Karl’s staff as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings for the 2015-16 season. Carter resides with his wife Cassie and their two sons, Devin and Joshua.
Kasib Powell begins his second year as assistant coach of the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Powell previously spent two seasons (2007-09) with the Skyforce as a player where he earned the 2007-08 NBA G League MVP award.
In addition to his stint as a player in Sioux Falls, Powell was signed by the HEAT on March 22, 2008 to a 10-day contract and later was re-signed for the remainder of the season on April 8 where he appeared in 11 games (four starts) with Miami and averaged 7.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 27.6 minutes. Additionally, his professional playing career spanned over nine seasons which included stops in the NBA, D-League, CBA, USBL and overseas.
Upon his retirement in 2013, Powell served as the director of the South Dakota Basketball Network, which focuses on the development of AAU players, and as head coach of the Dakota Magic of the National Basketball League of America. Powell resides in South Dakota with his three children, Kaevon, Janiyah and Jamre.
Jack Ridgway begins his first season as Director of Basketball Operations for the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Ridgway makes the transition back to basketball operations after having served in the Skyforce front office for the past two seasons, including a stint as a Business Operations Assistant during the 2015-16 season and as a Group Sales Executive during the 2016-17 season.
Prior to working in the front office, Ridgway gained two years of basketball operations experience as an intern for Sioux Falls during the 2014-15 season, and for the Bakersfield Jam during the 2013-14 season fresh out of college.
Ridgway played four years of collegiate basketball, playing his first two at the University of Sioux Falls before transferring to Lakeland University in Wisconsin, Illinois to finish his career. During his junior and senior year at Lakeland, Ridgway appeared in 54 games (52 starts) and averaged 8.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
Ridgway graduated from Lakeland University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting before going on to earn a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration and Leadership from Augustana University in 2016. Ridgway is a Brandon, SD native and grew up in the Sioux Falls-Brandon area.
Dustin Schramm, entering his 17th season with the organization, serves as the team’s athletic trainer. Schramm is a full-time employee of Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and covers area high schools in the spring and fall. During the summer, he works with high school athletes from the surrounding area that are part of the Sanford POWER program, a program designed to provide athletes ages 11-adult with the unique training tools, environment and motivation needed to obtain their maximum athletic performance and to achieve their desired fitness goals.
A native of Winner, South Dakota, Schramm graduated from Dakota Wesleyan in 1998 with a degree in Sports Medicine. While attending DWU, he served as a student athletic trainer for various athletic programs. Dustin and his wife, Lisa, reside in Sioux Falls with their twin boys, Kemmer and Dagen, daughter, Tierney and son, Bronson. He also has a son, Chase, who lives in North Carolina.