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Assistant takes wheel for Grand Rapids Drive

December 12, 2017
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Ryan Krueger. Courtesy Grand Rapids Drive

The city’s National Basketball Association affiliate has a new leader.

The Grand Rapids Drive recently named Ryan Krueger as the team’s new head coach.

Krueger immediately took over full-time duties for the Drive, which is the Detroit Pistons’ NBA’s G-League affiliate.

He replaced Rob Werdann, who will return to the Pistons as a pro scout while tending to private family matters.

The new G-League head coach has more than 10 years of coaching experience and has spent the last three years as the team’s assistant coach.

Krueger, a graduate of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, served as an assistant coach at his alma mater for five seasons, helping the Mountain Hawks capture Patriot League crowns in 2010 and 2012. The 2012 team pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NCAA Basketball Tournament history when they knocked off No. 2 Duke University.

The Maryland native’s resume also includes coaching stints at Maine Central Institute, the University of Oklahoma, Rutgers University and Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as an assistant coach’s position with the NBA’s then-New Jersey Nets.

Werdann was in his first season as head coach of the Drive and has been a member of the Detroit Pistons basketball operations staff for four seasons.

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