D-League Coach John Treloar Joining Suns Front Office
Treloar, the first and only head coach in BayHawks' history, led the team to a 48-52 overall record over two seasons, including a playoff berth during the team's expansion season in 2008-09.
The move to Phoenix was more than likely helped by Treloar's history with new Suns general manager Lance Blanks, as Blanks worked closely with Treloar during his time as the assistant general manager with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The BayHawks are affiliated with the Cleveland Cavaliers and ran the team's offense under Treloar.
The move to the front office is an interesting one when looking at Treloar's resume. He spent 10 seasons as an NCAA assistant coach with Indiana University and Louisiana State University prior to joining the BayHawks coaching staff in 2008. In fact, the only professional basketball front office experience Treloar seems to have was as a general manager in the Continental Basketball Association with the Mississippi Jets and Wichita Falls Texans from 1987-89 prior to moving into the coaching ranks of the CBA.
That's not to say Treloar isn't without personnel experience, though, since most D-League teams rely on their coaching staffs to be heavily involved in the drafting and acquiring of players.
This past season, the BayHawks made mid-season moves to acquire former NBA players Blake Ahearn and Michael Sweetney as well as shooting guard Mike Gansey, all of which provided a spark to a team that won eight of its final 12 games following a 1-9 skid that began in February. Treloar was also able to draft former WCC Player of the Year John Bryant in the second round of the D-League Draft, solid value for a skilled big man in the D-League.
It's currently unknown if assistant coach Ben McDonald, who joined Treloar's staff following their time at Indiana, will remain with the BayHawks.