Basketball Operations

By Jesse Robbins | December 30, 2014

Adam Simon

Adam Simon enters his second season as general manager, basketball operations for the Skyforce. Simon, who also holds the role of assistant general manager with the Miami HEAT, will oversee the basketball operations of the NBA Development League franchise.

Simon is entering his 20th season with the HEAT and second as assistant general manager after serving as director of player personnel the past two seasons. Simon served as director of college/international scouting from 2004 thru 2011. Simon was promoted to scout/director of college scouting during the 2003-04 season after serving as a scout in 2002-03. He served in the capacity of scouting coordinator during the 2001-02 season after serving as basketball operations administrative assistant from 1997-2001. As an intern in the basketball operations department in 1996-97, he organized information for the NBA Draft. The St. Thomas University graduate originally joined the HEAT in 1995-96, serving as an intern in the video room under current head coach Erik Spoelstra.

Phil Weber

Phil Weber

Phil Weber enters his first season as head coach of the Skyforce. He was introduced as the 17th head coach in franchise history on September 23 after serving as a consultant for the HEAT since 2012..

Prior to joining the HEAT as a consultant, Weber worked as an assistant coach for the New York Knicks (2008-12) and Phoenix Suns (1999-2008). Weber also has experience in the college ranks where he was an assistant coach at Iona College (1991-95), Chaminade University (1990-91) and the University of Florida (1984-89). A North Carolina State University graduate in 1984, Weber played basketball under the tutelage of legendary coach Jim Valvano for the Wolfpack.

Octavio De La Grana

Octavio De La Grana, an assistant coach with the Skyforce last season, enters his first season as player development coach/director of minor league operations. He joined the Miami HEAT organization before the 2006-07 season and served as player development coach/advance scout for the HEAT the past five seasons.

Prior to joining the HEAT, De La Grana had a combined 18 years of head coaching experience at the high school level, including two stints at Florida Christian High School, where he led his team to the Class 2A State Championship in 1996, a season in which he garnered Coach of the Year honors. He also spent eight years as head coach of Westminster Christian High School’s basketball team. In 2005, he recorded his 400th high school coaching victory. During his tenure at Florida Christian, De La Grana also spent time as the school’s Athletic Director (1990-95) and faculty Department Chair for Physical Education. De La Grana also established Coach D’s Basketball Camp in 1996, which is still held every summer in Miami for area youth.

De La Grana is a graduate of Liberty University where he earned a degree in general studies. He and his wife, Angie, have six children: Derrick, Daniel, Chelsea, Jenny, Annie and Leah.

Chris Quinn

Chris Quinn

Chris Quinn enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Skyforce after most recently serving as the director of player development at Northwestern University.

Quinn, a six-year NBA veteran, was originally signed by the HEAT as a free agent on July 6, 2006 and appeared in 168 games (26 starts) for Miami over three and a half seasons, playing for both Pat Riley and current HEAT Head Coach Erik Spoelstra. He then went on to play three more NBA seasons, splitting time with the New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Quinn holds NBA career averages of 4.5 points and 1.9 assists in 241 games with the Miami HEAT (168), New Jersey Nets (25), San Antonio Spurs (41) and Cleveland Cavaliers (7). He averaged career highs in points (7.8) and assists (3.0) during his second season with the HEAT in 2007-08.

Corey Belser

Corey Belser

Corey Belser enters his first season as an assitant coach for the Skyforce after serving as a video intern for the HEAT last season.

Belser, the 2006 WCC Defensive Player of the Year, graduated from the University of San Diego in 2006. Belser played for both the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers NBA Summer League teams and spent time playing professionally overseas in Greece, Ukraine, Finland and France. Following his professional career, Belser joing the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2012-13 season during which he was a video intern.

Justin Van Kooten

Justin Van Kooten enters his third season with the Skyforce and second as director of basketball operations after serving as basketball operations assistant in 2012-13.

Van Kooten served as head and assistant coach for the Southwest Minnesota Stars AAU basketball program and also assisted with the Roosevelt High School basketball program in the summers of 2011 and 2012. He was an assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach at Baltic High School during the 2011-12 season. A four-year member of the basketball team at Dordt College, Van Kooten is also a part-time basketball specialist at Sanford POWER TIBBS Basketball Academy.

The Pella, Iowa native graduated from Dordt in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Dustin Schramm
Dustin Schramm

Dustin Schramm, entering his 13th 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, S.D., 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.