The New Jersey Nets have named Roy Rogers as an assistant coach, Nets President Rod Thorn announced today.  Rogers joins Brian Hill, Tom Barrise and Doug Overton as a member of Head Coach Lawrence Frank’s staff.

“We are pleased to add Roy to Coach Frank’s staff,” said Thorn.  “He has gained valuable knowledge and experience coaching in the D-League over the past several seasons, and we feel he will be an excellent mentor to our players.”

Rogers most recently served as an assistant coach for the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League during the 2007-08 season.  Prior to his stint in Austin, Rogers spent two seasons (2005-06 and 2006-07) with the Tulsa 66ers.  He started his coaching career in 2004 as an assistant with the Huntsville Flight, now the Albuquerque Thunderbirds.

Selected 22nd overall in the 1996 NBA Draft out of the University of Alabama, Rogers played three years in the NBA.  In 137 career games with four teams (Vancouver, Boston, Toronto and Denver), Rogers averaged 4.8 points and 3.5 rebounds.  Rogers also played four seasons (2000-04) of professional basketball internationally, in Russia, Italy, Greece and Poland.