By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons have named Jeff Bower their new general manager.
The Pistons hired Stan Van Gundy as their coach and team president last month.
“I’m pleased to welcome Jeff Bower to the Detroit Pistons organization,” said Van Gundy. “Jeff brings great basketball knowledge and NBA experience to our organization and he’s enjoyed success in building teams. He’s a great evaluator of talent and Jeff will bring solid leadership to our front office.”
“I’m excited to join the Pistons organization and play a role in helping this franchise build on its great basketball tradition,” said Bower. “I look forward to working with Stan, his staff and everyone in the Pistons organization to put together a team that the community can support and be proud of. I’m also excited about ownership’s commitment to winning and their demonstrated commitment to the community.”
Bower was the coach at Marist College last season, but he resigned that position Monday, and athletic director Tim Murray indicated an NBA job was in Bower's future.
"I have a lot of respect for Jeff and the job he did in his time at Marist," Murray said. "He laid the foundation for the program moving forward and I feel that this is a great opportunity for our next head coach. I wish Jeff the best of luck as he leaves Marist for a very specific and compelling NBA opportunity."
Bower was previously a general manager and coach in the NBA, holding both those positions with the New Orleans Hornets in 2009-10.