NEW YORK, New York — A former U.S. Special Operator and Navy SEAL has been named the head of the Brooklyn Nets’ performance team. Zach Weatherford was added by the NBA team’s front office as part of a series of “outside the box” hires.
Before working for the Nets, Weatherford served the Naval Special Warfare Command, which is the overarching headquarters for all Navy special operations, including the SEALs.
The report was first covered by SB Nation’s Nets blog Nets Daily, which called the hire unconventional. Writers described Weatherford’s special forces past with great intrigue.
Biographies were released to the press were released by the Nets explaining the reasons for each coach selection. Weatherford’s press release contained a good deal oh his Navy SEALs background. The Nets’ website states:
Zach Weatherford joins the Nets after spending the past two years as human performance manager at the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command. Weatherford was appointed as the first Naval Special Warfare human performance program manager to facilitate the program across the Navy SEAL/SWCC Force of over 8,500 active duty personnel. From 2010-14, Weatherford served as human performance manager for the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Group ONE.