The Canton Charge announced today that Head Coach Steve Hetzel has accepted an offer from the Charlotte Hornets to join Head Coach Steve Clifford’s staff as an Assistant Coach. The offer to join the NBA ranks comes after Hetzel led the Charge to their third playoff berth in their three years of existence with a 28-22 record for the 2013-2014 season.
Mike Gansey (The Cleveland Cavaliers director of Development League Operations) will be heading the search for the coach’s replacement including consideration of internal candidates. “Steve was tremendous in his first-ever head coaching job after he came in with a plan and vision that was embraced by our players and staff,” said Gansey. “We are appreciative of his hard work and the fine season he had in Canton while we wish him and his family the best of luck going forward.”
Hetzel was the second coach hired in the Canton Charge franchise history and came to the team on September 11, 2013. That season saw Canton with the most efficient shooting offense of the Development League at .479% and the top scoring defensive unit at 101.5 ppg. Steve Hetzel joins former Charge Head Coach Alex Jensen into the NBA. Jensen is currently an Assistant Coach with the Utah Jazz.
“I want to thank the Cavaliers organization for giving me my first head coaching job and the opportunity to grow and learn hands-on,” said Hetzel. “Also, I’d like to thank the staff and fans in Canton who made last season the most enjoyable of my career and an experience I’ll never forget.”
Hetzel got his start in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs where he was their Assistant Video Coordinator with Head Coach Gregg Popovich from 2005 to 2006. From there he served for three seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers as Video Coordinator from 2006 to 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons as their Player Development Coach from 2009 to 2013 when he was hired to coach the Canton Charge in 2013.
The Canton Charge are exclusively operated by the Cleveland Cavaliers and also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Majority Owner and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League and the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League, both playing at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.