Ayers and Sterner added to Orlando coaching staff
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – The Orlando Magic hired Randy Ayers along with
Tom Sterner as assistant coaches on Friday. Terms of the deals were not
Ayers, who served under Larry Brown in Philadelphia for six-plus seasons,
helped guide the 76ers to five straight playoff appearances. He also had a
brief stint as head coach at the start of 2003-04 campaign, compiling a 21-31
record before Chris Ford took over the coaching duties.
Prior to coming back to Orlando, Sterner was a top assistant coach for the
Golden State Warriors from 2002-04. He originally joined the Magic in June of
1989 as an assistant coach, spending nine seasons at that post (1994-2002).
“Randy (Ayers) and Tom (Sterner) are two of the hardest working coaches in the
business,” said head Hill. “They are known for their attention to detail, the
way they prepare for a game and for helping players reach their full
potential. We are very excited to have them as part of the Magic family.”
Sterner will be reunited with current head coach Brian Hill, who was hired as
the club’s new head coach on May 24. Hill, an assistant with the New Jersey
Nets the last two seasons, along with Sterner took the Magic to their only NBA
Finals appearance in 1995.