Mad Ants Announce 2022-23 Basketball Operations Staff

September 19, 2022 – NBA G League (G League) – Fort Wayne Mad Ants Press Release

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the NBA G League affiliate of the Indiana Pacers, have announced their new basketball operations staff for the 2022-23 season.

Returning to their roles will be Chris Taylor (General Manager), Tim Brown (Assistant General Manager), Tom Hankins (Head Coach), Ayami Sato (Head Athletic Coach) and Erik Huddleston (Head Athletic Performance Coach).

Hankins will welcome three new assistant coaches to his team in Dylan DeBusk, Justin Wetzel and James Cambronne.

Dylan DeBusk has spent the past two seasons as the Indiana Pacers’ video coordinator. His NBA G League journey is storied, dating back nine years. His last role in the NBA G League was as interim general manager of the Northern Arizona Suns. DeBusk was with the Suns from 2016 to 2019, also taking on roles with the Phoenix Suns from 2017 to 2020 and also in 2016 as a basketball operations intern. Prior to joining that organization, DeBusk spent two seasons with the Bakersfield Jam and interned at Iowa Energy.

Justin Wetzel arrives at the Mad Ants after one season as an assistant coach for the Capital City Go-Go; Wetzel also spent time with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and the Wisconsin Herd. Wetzel has coached at many levels since 2002, including as head coach at Dickinson State University from 2014-2017. Wetzel is the founder of the Native American & Indigenous Basketball Coaches Association.

James Cambronne will be both assistant coach and video coordinator. Cambronne was most recently assistant video coordinator with the New York Knicks. Prior to that, he was a graduate assistant at the University of Georgia. A former college and professional basketball player, Cambronne spent four years playing internationally in Argentina, Spain and the UK.

Maria Witte joins the team as an athletic training assistant/physiotherapist. Witte is a former college football player at St. Cloud State University. She earned a doctorate in physical therapy from Northwestern University last spring. She joins Ayami Sato in our athletic training team with already a wealth of experience in athletics, most recently as a physical therapist/athletic coach for the Chicago Union of the AUDL (American Ultimate Disc League)

Shannon Norton will serve as Mad Ants/Fever Operations Coordinator. She has served as the operations and equipment manager for the Indiana Fever since April of this year. Norton played college basketball at Emerson College where she still holds school records for assists and three-point percentage. After her playing career, Norton moved on to coaching at CalTech and Emerson. Norton will help the Mad Ants during the NBA G League season and will also continue with the Indiana Fever during the WBNA season.

Steve Miknis joins the Mad Ants as a part-time coaching associate, part-time assisting the coaching staff with various video outages. He was the last assistant coach of Glen Luss Glasgow Rocks in the British Basketball League and Pennfield High School in his home state of Michigan.

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