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Lofty ambitions for new JackJumpers coach

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The inaugural head coach of Tasmania's new National Basketball League team has been unveiled.

American Scott Roth brings an impressive résumé after years in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors and Detroit Pistons.

Most recently, he's been an assistant with reigning NBL champions the Perth Wildcats. 

On Thursday, Jack Jumpers CEO Simon Brookhouse confirmed the 57-year-old from Cleveland had been signed on a two-year contract, with the option of a third.

"We'd love to have our inaugural coach here for multiple contacts and that's something we're aiming to do. Ultimately, we're testing the water and I think it's a fair and reasonable assessment early on to have 2 with 1. That's not to say that's all that we're expecting from Scott. We're expecting him to be successful and hopefully be here for 10 years and loving the place," Brookhouse said. 

The new coach is already setting big targets.

“I want to win a championship and from day one that’s going to be our goal. That’s what we are shooting for and that’s what we are going to build towards,” Roth said.

He'll officially begin in March ahead of Tasmania's offical entry into the competition in October this year, for NBL season 2021-22.

“I’ve had numerous calls this morning from NBA people, from college basketball coaches, from scouts in the NBA, from European coaches all wanting to help and (we) already got a list of players who are available.”

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