The Phoenix Suns named 30-year basketball veteran John Treloar the club’s director of player personnel.
In his new role, Treloar will assist President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby and General Manager Lance Blanks in all personnel decisions and will lead the club’s draft scouting process.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for John and his knowledge of the game,” said Blanks. “His longstanding track record of consistency and success are admirable. He is a perfect fit for what we are trying to do.”
Treloar, 53, joins the Suns following the last two seasons as the head coach of the NBA Development League’s Erie BayHawks, an affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors, where he was also responsible for all personnel decisions. Treloar joined the expansion franchise in 2008, and both assembled the squad and led it to a playoff berth in club’s inaugural season.
“We are excited to add John Treloar to our basketball operations department,” said Babby. “He brings a wealth of experience and will enhance our ability to evaluate players from all sources.”
A 30-year veteran of basketball as both a coach and general manager, Treloar enjoyed success as an assistant coach at Louisiana State University (2004-08) and Indiana University (1997-2004) under Bob Knight and Mike Davis, helping to guide the Hoosiers to six NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2002 Final Four.
At the professional level, Treloar’s head coaching experience was established over eight seasons in the CBA with the Wichita Falls Texans (1990-94), Chicago Rockers (1994-95) and Connecticut Pride (1996-97). His teams made seven playoff appearances in eight seasons and in 1991 Treloar became just the second coach in league history to win a championship in his first season on the bench. Prior to becoming a coach, Treloar served as general manager for both the Mississippi Jets (1987-88) and Texans (1988-89).
A native of Clinton, Miss., Treloar and wife, Debra, have two children, Taylor and Trey. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bellhaven College and a master’s degree in behavioral studies from the University of Alabama.