Ottawa Skyhawks owner Gus Takkale showed a low tolerance for losing Monday, firing head coach Kevin Keathley seven games into their inaugural season.
The team is tied with Windsor Express for fourth in the NBL standings with four wins and three losses.
Replacing Keathley is NBA veteran Jaren Jackson. Jackson’s first game behind the bench is Wednesday, Nov. 27 against the Moncton Miracles at the Canadian Tire Centre.
“We feel that a new coaching philosophy is needed to drive this franchise forward for the long-term,” said Takkale in a statement issued Monday.
A veteran on nine seasons in the NBA, Jackson won the NBA Championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999 with coach and future Hall of Famer Gregg Popovich. After retiring from playing, Jackson coached in the minors, eventually heading of the NBA Development League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
“Coach Jackson has the championship pedigree to teach, mentor and lead our young nucleus of players on and off the court,” said the Skyhawks’ technical Director Merrick Palmer.